Music museum plays happy tune with jazz exhibit

Jun 26, 2012, 1:27 PM

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Recent additions to the Musical Instrument Museum tell the story of music in the U.S.

Among the latest instruments added to the jazz exhibit: Benny Goodman’s clarinet, Louis Armstrong’s cornet and the mute and mouthpiece of a trumpet that once belonged to Miles Davis.

“[These musicians} were instrumental in not only the development of jazz, but so many other kinds of music,” said exhibit curator Cullen Strawn.

Strawn said the three pieces from the jazz legends are luring museum patrons. The exhibit includes video and music from all three men.

“It’s a real honor to have pieces of this quality not only in a museum, but in one place, period,” said Strawn.

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Music museum plays happy tune with jazz exhibit