When she was 14, Haleigh Harrold, development manager at the American Jazz Museum, got a Billie Holiday CD for Christmas. "I played that CD before school, after school, doing homework, reading, all the time. The soundtrack to my teen years was Billie Holiday," Harrold recalls. Years later, standing in front of a kiosk in the John H. Baker Jazz Film exhibition space at the American Jazz Museum (1616 East 18th Street, 816-474-8463), she rediscovered the music that inspired her. "I'm not sure why I hadn't thought to YouTube Billie Holiday, but right there at the museum was my first time ever seeing her perform, and I had a really emotional moment watching the singer that introduced me to jazz." Rediscover our city's musical legacy during the AJM's Take Five Tours
on the first Thursday and third Tuesday of every month. The free, hourlong tours begin in the Changing Gallery (on display through June 1, Ella: First Lady of Song
) and move through the permanent exhibit, the Blue Room and John H. Baker Jazz Film with introductions and meet-and-greets from a handful of the AJM's board members and staff. Afterward, tour participants are invited to attend free performances in the Blue Room. RSVPs are requested via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 816-474-8463, ext. 238. The tours are limited to 65 people and begin at 6 p.m.