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Disney’s “Soul of Jazz” Exhibit Goes on Tour

Grounded in the Oscar-winning animated film Soul, the exhibit is visiting New Orleans, Kansas City, and New York

Joe Gardner of Soul
Soul‘s central character, Joe Gardner

Soul, Disney/Pixar’s 2020 jazz-themed animated film, won particular acclaim for its music (including both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for its original score by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste). This winter, Disney is capitalizing on those accolades with a new traveling museum exhibit, “Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure.”

Initially developed for Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center, the exhibit is now being brought to museums in three key cities from American jazz history: New Orleans’ Museum of Jazz (beginning October 26); Kansas City’s American Jazz Museum (December); and New York’s National Jazz Museum in Harlem (February 2022).

The exhibit centers on Joe Gardner, the pianist and teacher—voiced by Jamie Foxx—who is also the center of Soul. Each city will receive a unique version of the installation that focuses on that city’s contribution to jazz, and on each museum’s jazz collection.

Soul’s Academy Award for Best Original Score wasn’t the only Oscar that the movie’s creators took home. It also nabbed Best Animated Feature, becoming the eleventh Pixar film to win that award in the past two decades.

For more information about “Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure,” including images and a video preview, visit the Disney Parks blog.