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Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2012 3:30 pm

Some noteworthy instruments from jazz history have found their way to the desert.

Approximately 20 instruments, many played by jazz greats with household name recognition, are on display in a new exhibit at Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. The exhibit is one of the largest on a single genre in the facility.

MIM collaborated with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to display the objects, which will be on view through 2014. Among them:

• A cornet believed to have been the one Louis Armstrong, widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians in history, learned on with the help of Peter Davis, a teacher at the New Orleans’ Colored Waifs’ Home, where Armstrong lived from 1913 to 1914.

• A trumpet mouthpiece and mute used by Miles Davis, one of jazz’s greatest innovators, during the 1980s.

• A clarinet played by Benny Goodman, the most popular clarinetist in American history, during the latter part of his career.

• A clarinet played by Artie Shaw during the recording of Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine.”

There are also instruments from Charlie Christian, a key figure in the development of bebop, Lewis Nash, one of the most-recorded drummers in jazz history, and Pat Metheny, whose 1979 album “New Chautauqua” launched jazz’s Americana movement.

Curator Cullen Strawn says his museum is proud to house the pieces.

“Jazz is a musical family containing an incredibly wide range of expression and ongoing innovation. It truly is a national treasure that is celebrated around the world, making it a perfect fit for a place of honor at MIM,” he says in a statement.

If you go

What: Instruments from some of jazz’s greatest musicians are on display in a new exhibit devoted to the genre

When: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays

Where: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix.

Cost: $15 for adults 18-64, $13 for seniors, $10 for youth 6-17, free for children 5 and younger

Information: (480) 478-6000 or

Upcoming jazz concerts at MIM

July 6: Doc Severinsen and the San Miguel Five, $37.50-$47.50

July 15: Michael Kaeshammer, $32.50-$37.50

July 29: Ravi Coltrane, $27.50-$32.50

Aug. 3: Jimmy Cobb, Joey DeFrancesco and Larry Coryell Trio in A Tribute to Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery, $27.50-$37.50

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