PHOTOS, VIDEO: Soul of Jazz Exhibit Comes to Downtown Disney

The exhibition Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure has traveled across the country from EPCOT to Downtown Disney District. He visited three American museums on the way. In the Downtown Disney District, the exhibit opened on June 1 in the former ESPN Zone building.

There were students from the group visiting the exhibit when we arrived.

The opening date of June 1 is posted, but no end date for the Downtown Disney District exhibit run has been released.

It will be open every day from noon to 8:00 p.m.

Inside, a standing cutout of Pixar’s “Soul” Joe Gardner sits next to a map of the United States on the wall. The map highlights the cities featured in the exhibit.

There are fake brick walls with jazz posters on them.

The instruments are displayed in showcases throughout the exhibition.

The highlighted cities are New Orleans, Chicago, San Juan, Kansas City and New York.

Each panel talks about the history of jazz in that city and mentions famous musicians who have played there.

Other standing snippets of “Soul,” including Joe Gardner and the jazz band of The Half Note, are gathered around a piano in the corner.

The faux brick wall behind the piano bears a sign for The Half Note, a jazz club featured in the film.

The piano is real and guests can sit on it to play.

Concept sketches for “Soul” are framed on the wall.

Scale models of Joe Gardner on piano and Dorothea Williams on saxophone are displayed in a display case.

A clarinet, snare drum and trumpet are in other cases.

Select Disneyland-related photos, replica tickets, and replica flyers were added to the exhibit for its opening in the Downtown Disney District.

Replica tickets are for Dixieland at Disneyland events from 1961 to 1965.

The flyer is also for Dixieland at Disneyland.

There’s a photo of Walt Disney presenting Louis Armstrong with a Mousecar award in 1964.

Another photo shows Benny Goodman performing at Disneyland in 1962.

This photo shows the New Orleans Young Men with Kid Ory performing aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat during the Dixieland Celebration at Disneyland in 1963.

And this photo shows a wide shot of the Mark Twain Riverboat with musicians performing on board during the Dixieland Celebration at Disneyland in 1962.

Watch our video tour of The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure exhibit at Disneyland below.

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David H. Henry