Outside on the sidewalk, visitors can feel the rhythm. From the boogie woogie beginnings
Clarence "Pinetop" Smith to the velvet crooning of Nat King Cole, legendary jazz
greats are immortalized in the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, within the historic Carver
Theatre. Interactive exhibits also recall the contributions of Sun Ra and His Intergalactic
Space Arkestra, along with Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Erskine Hawkins, all with
Alabama ties. The renovated Carver Theatre was prominent among a half dozen Birmingham
theaters that admitted black patrons to movies and live entertainment during the era of segregation.
If you love music as I do you are going to love the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Founded in 1978, and opened as 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."
Located in the old Carver Theater in the Civil Rights District along with the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park, it offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the state's rich jazz heritage. The museum contains more than 2,200-square-feet of exhibits.
The Jazz Hall of Fame also sponsors jazz performances around the city and brings jazz to many local students with school visits from musicians. You can see priceless jazz memorabilia such as paintings, quilts, instruments, and personal effects of such artists as Ella Fitzgerald and W. C. Handy, as well as, take a guided tour of facility.
This art-deco museum honors great jazz artists with ties to the state of Alabama. While furnishing educational information, the museum is also a place for entertainment. Exhibits convey the accomplishments of the likes of Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Erskine Hawkins and the music that made them famous. Within this fine musical collection, visitors travel from the beginnings of boogie woogie with Clarence "Pinetop" Smith to the jazz space journeys of Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Space Arkestra.
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
1631 4th Ave. N.
Birmingham, AL 35203