04/17/12

Musical Instrument Museum to Feature Jazz Exhibitions

Charlie Christian guitar, Illinois Jacquet saxophone among featured instruments

The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Ariz., will host two jazz exhibitions this year. The permanent Jazz Genre exhibition opens in May and the Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz exhibit opens in November. Both will include treasured instruments, photographs and artifacts.

Jazz Genre Exhibit
In May, the museum will open a permanent exhibit dedicated to jazz, with pieces on loan from both the Smithsonian and individual lenders. The exhibit will include unreleased performance footage of Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Mann and Lewis Nash from the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, as well as photographs by Teenie Harris and 20 instruments belonging to jazz greats.

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Stanley Turrentine
By Carl Studna
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Charlie Christian
By Courtesy of Frank Driggs Collection
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The Musical Instrument Museum (Photo courtesy of the Musical Instrument Museum)
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Charlie Christian's guitar (Photo courtesy of the Musical Instrument Museum)

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Featured instruments will include:
· A guitar played by Charlie Christian
· One of Tommy Turrentine’s trumpets
· An Illinois Jacquet saxophone
· A drum set belonging to Lewis Nash

Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz

On exhibit in the Target Gallery Nov. 21, 2012-April 6, 2013, this showcase features 75 photographs by William Gottlieb illustrating the contemporary jazz scene in the 1930s and 1940s, among them Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday.

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