Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame is housed in the historic Carver Theatre for the Performing Arts in North Birmingham, Alabama. The museum honors great jazz artists with ties to the state of Alabama through exhibits on musicians like Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, and Erskine Hawkins. Visitors can learn about the history of jazz from the beginnings of boogie woogie with Clarence “Pinetop” Smith to the jazz space journeys of Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Space Arkestra. The museum is a venue for live entertainment, with an active calendar of musical events. The Birmingham Heritage Band, which is affiliated with the museum, is one of the few active big bands in the country. The band was organized in 1976 by a group of veteran musicians who had played with many of the great bands of the country, and features instrumentation of legendary bands like Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and Erskine Hawkins. The museum also sponsors jazz education programs for elementary school children, introducing jazz in their classrooms and providing live jazz artists to demonstrate their instruments and introduce basic concepts of music and the history of jazz.

The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame is located at 1631 4th Avenue, North Birmingham, AL 35203.

 

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