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Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Mutual Musicians Association Building

 
 
National Park Service plaque on front of building. image. Click for full size.
By R. C., December 3, 2007
1. National Park Service plaque on front of building.
Inscription.
Has been designated a
National Historic Landmark
This site possesses national significance
In commemorating the history of the
United States of America

This hall used by Musicians Union Local #627 served as a center for the development of the “Kansas City Style” of jazz in the 1930s and 1940s

1981
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior

 
Erected 1981 by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 39° 5.414′ N, 94° 33.722′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Highland Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Highland Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1823 Highland Avenue, Kansas City MO 64108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roy Wilkins (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kansas City Call (about 300 feet away); Ms. Myra Taylor (about 400 feet away); Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Mutual Musicians Association building image. Click for full size.
By R. C., December 3, 2007
2. Mutual Musicians Association building
Marker is to the right of the front door
(about 600 feet away); American Jazz Museum (about 600 feet away); John "Buck" O'Neil Center (about 800 feet away); William Rockhill Nelson (approx. one mile away); Union Prison Collapse (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
 
More about this marker. Building is in the historic "18th and Vine" Jazz District of Kansas City, Missouri. It is shouting distance from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and American Jazz Museum.
 
Also see . . .
1. Flash exhibit about Musicians Local 627. (Submitted on March 28, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
2. The Mutual Musicians Foundation photograph collection. The page includes a few historical images of the building. (Submitted on March 28, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentNotable Buildings
 
Hotel Rochester image. Click for full size.
By R. C., December 3, 2007
3. Hotel Rochester
The Hotel Rochester, next door to the Musicians Association Building, was the only hotel in Kansas City, Missouri in the 1930s and 1940s where visiting African American could stay. Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, and many other of the great jazz artists of the time would have stayed there.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,977 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 28, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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