Jazz exhibit in full swing at Epcot

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"The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure" focuses on the history of jazz, as told by Joe Gardner, a character from Pixar's recent film "Soul."
"The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure" focuses on the history of jazz, as told by Joe Gardner, a character from Pixar's recent film "Soul."

A new exhibit focused on the history of jazz in America has opened at Epcot in Walt Disney World.

Housed inside the American Adventure, "The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure" features Joe Gardner from Pixar's latest film "Soul" sharing the history of jazz in influential cities: New Orleans, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Juan.

The exhibit features a number of jazz artifacts. Walt Disney Imagineering curated them with the help of historians from jazz institutions, including the Historic New Orleans Collection, the New Orleans Jazz Museum and New York's Louis Armstrong House Museum.

Guests will be able to view Armstrong's Selmer trumpet; "Jazz Jubilee" sheet music handwritten by one of jazz's original performers and composers, Jelly Roll Morton; "Skin Deep" percussion sheet music from Duke Ellington's drummer Louie Bellson; a cornet that belonged to early jazz soloist Bix Beiderbecke; and the drumsticks of Gene Krupa, who worked with influential groups like the Benny Goodman Orchestra and Tommy Dorsey's band.

At "The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure," guests will be able to view a number of jazz artifacts, including Louis Armstrong's trumpet.
At "The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure," guests will be able to view a number of jazz artifacts, including Louis Armstrong's trumpet.

"Our team was honored to work with jazz experts and institutions across the country to explore the rich history and influence of this truly American musical art form," Carmen Smith, Walt Disney Imagineering's executive of creative development and inclusion strategies, said in a statement.

Soon, guests will be able to interact with the exhibit using the Play Disney Parks mobile app.

The exhibit is part of Disney's ongoing overhaul of Epcot.

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