Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

Members of the AJHF free Saturday jazz class.
Members of the AJHF free Saturday jazz class.

Founded in 1978, and opened a museum on September 18, 1993, with a mission "to foster, encourage, educate, and cultivate a general appreciation of the medium of jazz music as a legitimate, original and distinctive art form indigenous to America. Its mission is also to preserve a continued and sustained program of illuminating the contribution of the State of Alabama through its citizens, environment, demographics and lore, and perpetuating the heritage of jazz music."

- Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
Members of the AJHF free Saturday jazz class.

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Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

Alabama State University

Public historically black university in Montgomery, Alabama.

Public historically black university in Montgomery, Alabama.

ASU Equinox sculpture
ASU campus building
The ASU Stadium
The Mighty Marching Hornets and Sensational Stingettes in 2011

In the 1930s, the ensemble was directed by noted jazz trumpeter Erskine Hawkins, an inductee of both the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Jones, ca. 1960

Jo Jones

American jazz drummer.

American jazz drummer.

Jones, ca. 1960

In 1979, Jones was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame for his contribution to the Birmingham, Alabama musical heritage.

Hawkins circa 1940s

Erskine Hawkins

American trumpeter and big band leader from Birmingham, Alabama, dubbed "The 20th Century Gabriel".

American trumpeter and big band leader from Birmingham, Alabama, dubbed "The 20th Century Gabriel".

Hawkins circa 1940s
Erskine Hawkins

In 1978, Erskine Hawkins became one of the first five artists inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

Washington in 1962

Dinah Washington

American singer and pianist, who has been cited as "the most popular black female recording artist of the 1950s songs".

American singer and pianist, who has been cited as "the most popular black female recording artist of the 1950s songs".

Washington in 1962
Dinah Washington in 1952
Washington's grave at Burr Oak Cemetery
The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

She was a 1986 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Lucky Millinder

American swing and rhythm-and-blues bandleader.

American swing and rhythm-and-blues bandleader.

He was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1986.

Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1962

Johnny Smith

American cool jazz and mainstream jazz guitarist.

American cool jazz and mainstream jazz guitarist.

Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1962

In 1984, Smith was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

Lionel Hampton

American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader.

American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader.

Lionel Hampton at the Aquarium, New York, c. June 1946 (photograph: William Gottlieb)
Lionel Hampton during a concert in Aachen (Germany) on May 19, 1977
Hampton in 1997
President George W. Bush honors Lionel Hampton during a ceremony recognizing Black Music Month in the White House in 2001.

In 1992, he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and he was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1996.

Cleve Eaton

Cleveland Eaton

American jazz double bassist, producer, arranger, composer, publisher, and head of his own record company in Fairfield, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham.

American jazz double bassist, producer, arranger, composer, publisher, and head of his own record company in Fairfield, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham.

Cleve Eaton
Eaton at a rehearsal before performing at the 2008 Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival in Birmingham, Alabama

He has been inducted into both the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Carver Theatre

Carver Theatre (Birmingham, Alabama)

Theater located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.

Theater located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.

Carver Theatre

The Carver is now a live performance venue which seats 527, and is also the home of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.