About the California Jazz & Blues Museum California Jazz and Blues Museum – California has long been considered one of the most important jazz locations in music history. The California scene fundamentally changed the way jazz is played, and established California as a center of jazz in America. Some of the most popular jazz bands in the world were formed in the late 1950s and early 1960s in California. Some of the best-selling jazz music in the world was created in California, incorporating new approaches and musical techniques from around the world, developing the style of “cool jazz” or “West Coast jazz” movement of the 1940s and 1950s. California jazz and blues music is a goodwill ambassador, known throughout the world. Jazz and blues musicians are also well known for their positions against racial discrimination. The museum features ongoing exhibitions of important historical information about California jazz and blues music, its great performers, and its important place in California and music history throughout the world. Our Mission - Our California Jazz and Blues Museum's mission is to educate audiences about the influence California, its artists and geographical venues have had in the worldwide genre of jazz and blues. We deliver our audiences an annual calendar of innovative and inspiring exhibitions, programs, and events.