The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Preserving an important cultural phenomenon
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

The National Jazz Museum, preserving the rich cultural heritage behind Harlem’s historic jazz scene, is a celebration of a prominent part of NYC culture. Throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s, the Harlem renaissance had taken over the city, and with it so did jazz. Entertainment venues in Harlem like the Cotton Club became breeding grounds for a number of jazz musicians. Among these musicians were jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Duke Ellington. These musicians would go on to popularize jazz on a national level. Founded in 1997, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem is dedicated to ensuring that this pivotal moment in our cultural history is not forgotten.

The National Jazz Museum hosts a number of events and exhibits dedicated to Harlem’s jazz scene. Walking through the museum, one can expect to see striking historical photographs, listen to rare recordings, and educate his or herself on jazz history. Housed within the museum is a collection of jazz recordings by some of the Harlem renaissance’s most renowned artists. These recordings, originally damaged, have undergone extensive restoration and mastering. Thanks to the National Jazz Museum’s efforts, live performances thought to be lost can still be heard today. In total, these performances are over 100 hours in length. The museum also offers event space for parties, film screenings and more.

If you’re looking to familiarize yourself with NYC’s rich culture and history, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem is a stop you cannot ignore. Whether you’re a fan of jazz or not, it is a fascinating tribute to an important cultural phenomenon. Visitors can expect to walk out with an expanded knowledge and appreciation of jazz music. The National Jazz Museum not only preserves the jazz tradition of Harlem, it strengthens it for a new generation.

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58 West 129th Street, New York, NY 10027


(212) 348-8300


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