A Love Supreme


The Love Supreme gallery begins with the survival of African indigenous musical traditions in Congo Square in New Orleans and explores their influence on a new form of music emerging from the city in the 1900s that became known as “jazz.” A hybrid of spirituals, ragtime, blues and minstrelsy, jazz eventually migrates with its musicians to urban centers in the North, and the music becomes a national phenomenon. Museum visitors can explore the transformation of jazz into various musical styles, including Dixieland, swing, bebop, cool, hard bop, and fusion, and discover those legendary jazz musicians who have contributed to the genre's evolution throughout the years and into the modern 21st century. The gallery's collection includes artifacts from Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and more!