It’s fitting that jazz, the one purely American art form, was hitting its stride just as recorded sound came to the movies, an art form that Americans just do better than anyone else. (Yeah, we said it. Wanna rumble, France?) When jazz and film came together, they inspired graphic artists to create movie posters as dazzling as the music and as energetic as the musicians themselves. Featuring 50 such posters from the Separate Cinema Archive, the new exhibit Jazzin’, Jammin’ & Jivin’: The History of Jazz on Film celebrates eight decades of jazz in the movies and spotlights such luminaries as Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. Opening today at the Changing Gallery of the American Jazz Museum (1616 East 18th Street, 816-474-8463) and running through October 4, the exhibit is free and open during regular museum hours. For more information, see

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Starts: Aug. 14. Continues through Oct. 4, 2009