Founded in 1978, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame is the state's premiere destination memorializing the greats of Alabama jazz. Working to foster an everlasting appreciation of the music genre, this hall of fame isn't just plaques on a wall. On the contrary, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame represents the greatness of iconic singers, songwriters, and musicians like Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, and Lionel Hampton among others.
This amazing museum is located in the historic Carver Theatre in the Civil Rights District of Birmingham. Over more than 2,200 square feet you'll find jazz memorabilia, instruments, personal possessions of the great artists, paintings and even quilts. Exhibits laud the legacies of Ella Fitzgerald, W.C. Handy, and others who so impacted the jazz community, and the world, with their music.
Fully dedicated to jazz, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame has offered jazz classes every Saturday since 1999. Students from all over come and sit in on an educational session to learn the instruments, style, and rhythm. Professional jazz musicians also often play at Carver Theatre which is open to public attendance.
If you and your student group love jazz, music in general, or have an interest in the history of Birmingham, then this is the place for you!