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Experience ‘The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure’ Beginning Today at EPCOT

Carmen Smith

by , Executive, Creative Development & Inclusion Strategies, Walt Disney Imagineering

It’s a special day at The American Adventure inside EPCOT, as we introduce “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure.” This new exhibit celebrates the distinctly American musical art form, originated by African Americans and fusing the influences of many different cultures.

'The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure' at EPCOT

Joe Gardner – the musician, mentor and teacher from Disney and Pixar’s new film “Soul,” streaming on Disney+ – shares the rich and surprising history of jazz by taking you on a musical tour of several influential American cities. You’ll also discover artifacts from legendary jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong. And soon you’ll be able to use the Play Disney Parks mobile app to interact with the exhibit and test your knowledge of jazz.

Our team at Walt Disney Imagineering is thrilled to bring the compelling story of jazz to EPCOT, and we were honored to work with jazz experts and institutions across the country to explore the rich history and influence of this ever-evolving genre of music. We hope you are as inspired by what we discovered as our Imagineers were bringing this exhibit to life.

Trumpet owned by Louis Armstrong on display at 'The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure' at EPCOT

And as a special surprise, check out this new video from American pianist, band leader, and jazz extraordinaire Jon Batiste, who provided the original jazz compositions and arrangements for “Soul,” as he shares his excitement for “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure.”

Comments

  • Please answer if this is only in February 2021. Thanks!

  • This looks truly wonderful. I can’t wait! Loved SOUL-

  • Cody, you sure this isn’t a temporary thing? They could come back after this exhibit ends.

  • I could not be more disappointed with the decision to replace the paintings by Imagineering legends Herb Ryman and Blaine Gibson. The murals depicted various “spirits” of America and its history and were stunning. I don’t have to see “The Soul of Jazz” to know that this is an incredibly poor replacement.

  • How long will the Soul of Jazz be on display?
    We are arriving 3/10 and would love to see it .
    Is it only for the month of February?

  • Welcome to the blog Ms. Carmen!

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