Kansas City’s Local 627, African-American Musicians Union, founded in 1917, and known as the Mutual Musicians Foundation, still stands in Kansas City, Missouri’s historic 18th and Vine district at 1823 Highland Avenue. A National Historic Landmark, the building is also entered in the National Register of Historic Places and the Kansas City Landmarks Commission Register.
Today, just as the jazz greats did in the 1930's, musicians gather at the Foundation Friday and Saturday nights after midnight to jam into the early morning hours. Pictures of frequent guests from years past like Charlie Parker, Big Joe Turner and Count Basie line the walls. Join locals in hearing jazz jam sessions until the sun comes up. The Foundation also serves as a rehearsal space for members, a classroom for visiting students and a place for private parties. A living museum, the Foundation preserves and develops Kansas City’s rich musical heritage.