The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame was founded in 1978 with a mission to propagate jazz music and its history in Birmingham, and to accentuate Alabama’s contributions to one of America’s truly original art forms.
In addition to providing a physical center for jazz awareness in Birmingham, the Hall of Fame presents performances throughout the city at various venues, and organizes performances by local musicians in public schools. The Hall of Fame offers weekly jazz classes for aspiring young local musicians, which culminate in an annual performance by all students involved. Additionally, a monthly jam session offers the practical performing experience that is an integral part of a jazz musician’s development. Concerts are sporadic but feature some of the finest musicians from Alabama and across the U.S.
The Hall of Fame has its own venue attached, the historic Carver Theater, erected in 1935. The Carver hosts some of the Hall of Fame’s larger concerts, as well as local theatrical productions and private events. Tours of the Hall of Fame are offered regularly (though reservations are recommended), and are guided by one of Alabama’s local jazz mainstays, clarinetist Frank Adams.
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Information
- Public Transportation: Very Good (within a 6-minute walk from Central Station at Morris Ave./18th Street which is a stop for all BJCTA buses as well as Amtrak. Also accessible via the Dart Red line)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 80 performances annually
- Ticket Prices: Varies widely ($2-$20).