Coming soon: The renovated Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

Image of the Carver Theatre, with a Stone Building sign on the marquee.
Stone Building and subcontractors are now on site, beginning the transformation of the historic Carver Theatre. (Photo courtesy Stone Building)

At long last, the renovation of the Carver Theatre, home to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame since 1990, is underway. The project is expected to be completed in time for a Fall 2021 reopening.

The project will include a completely rebuilt, multi-use performance hall with new seating, sound and lighting, and a larger stage to accommodate theatre, dance, and of course, plenty of live jazz.

The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame also plans to include within the facility a remodeled jazz museum, a hub for a variety of educational programming, and a new home for its newly acquired WAJH-FM “JazzHall Radio,” a 24-hour jazz radio station broadcasting live from the Carver.

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To our listeners: We love you all! (except the toilet paper hoarders)

As we to continue to shelter in place, we are all facing some difficult challenges, even those of us who have managed to stay healthy. Just wanted to let you know we’re with you, and we will continue to try and brighten your day with great music! For official information on Covid-19 in Alabama, visit the Alabama Public Health page.

Here is a message of encouragement from afternoon jazz host Saahara Glaudé:

SuperJazz February 9 Concert

Another great opportunity to hear some of our best local musicians!

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For the February 9, 2020 concert we have decided to feature of number of our own players rather than have a guest artist.  DSC_0992There is an incredible amount of talent within the band, and this will give us the opportunity to showcase several people who may not normally have a featured role in our concerts.

Sunday afternoon, February 9, 2020

Lobby Opens at 2:00, Doors open at 2:30.

Concert begins at 3:00.

John Carroll Catholic High School Auditorium

300 Lakeshore Parkway

Birmingham AL   35209    (In the Wildwood Area)

Hosted by the John Carroll Band Parents Organization.

No advance tickets, admission is “at the door”

Adults and Seniors  –    $7.

Students from any school or college $3.

This is the 3rd of 4 SuperJazz concerts this season.

Our next concert will be on April 26, 2020

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Violins of Hope: Avshalom Weinstein talks with Saahara about Holocaust remembrance project

Violins of Hope founder Amnon Weinstein, from violins-of-hope.com

JazzHall Radio’s Saahara Glaudé recently spoke with Avshalom Weinstein, who with his father Amnon operates Violins of Hope, a project which remembers Holocaust victims and their stories through the restoration of Holocaust-era violins.

A 2018 Violins of Hope concert held at Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church will be the subject of an upcoming documentary in 2020.

Make a wish come true this holiday season

JazzHall Radio is partnering with Make-A-Wish Alabama to help spread the word about two special events coming up – opportunities for you to make a child’s wish come true.

CBS-42 is hosting the “Wishes Can’t Wait” telethon this Thursday, Dec. 12. Donations are being accepted now through Thursday, with updates on CBS-42 from 5-7 p.m.

JazzHall Radio’s Andy Parrish spoke with Erin Slay-Wilson of Make-A-Wish Alabama to talk about the telethon, how wishes are fulfilled, and another exciting event coming up in 2020…

Mike Lyle is guest for November 24 concert

From our friends at Superjazz

Mike hails from Eclectic, Alabama. He is an Air Force retiree and spent over 20 years in the Air Force Band Program as a saxophonist and musical leader. He has performed with Bobby Shew, Chris Vadala, Jon Faddis and Rob McConnell to name a few and has performed for US and foreign dignitaries all over the world. After retiring, Mike has been a member of numerous musical groups all over the Southeast. Coincidentally, he was at one time a member of SuperJazz. Currently, Mike lives in Pensacola, Florida, with his wife Pat, and is a member of the Mobile Big Band Society (MBBS). In addition to performing with the MBBS and other groups along the Gulf Coast, Mike stays busy operating his own band instrument repair service.

Sunday afternoon,  November 24, 2019

(The Sunday before Thanksgiving)

Lobby Opens at 2:00, Doors open at 2:30.

Concert begins at 3:00.

John Carroll Catholic High School Auditorium

300 Lakeshore Parkway

Birmingham AL   35209    (In the Wildwood Area)

Hosted by the John Carroll Band Parents Organization.

No advance tickets, admission is “at the door”

Adults and Seniors  –    $7.

Students from any school or college $3.

Mike Lyle

This is the 2nd of 4 SuperJazz concerts this season.

Future concerts are on  Feb 9, 2020 and April 26, 2020

Meet the Music: Saxophonist Roxy Coss

Saxophonist Roxy Coss is a guest artist at the Gadsden State Jazz Festival at Gadsden State Community College on Nov. 7, 2019. The theme of the festival is “Celebrating Women in Jazz.”

Saxophonist, composer, educator and activist Roxy Coss will headline the Gadsden State Jazz Festival on Thursday, Nov. 7, following a day of performances from Alabama college jazz ensembles.

Roxy talked with JazzHall Radio’s Andy Parrish about her music, jazz education, and creating more opportunities and collaboration for women through the Women in Jazz Organization she founded.

Meet the Music: Banjoist/Vocalist/Historian Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens holding a banjo

Rhiannon Giddens, vocalist, banjo player and prominent voice on Ken Burns’ Country Music, speaks with JazzHall Radio’s Andy Parrish before her performance with Francesco Turrisi at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center on Sept. 19.

Giddens discusses her musical background, her role in telling the story of country music, her there is no Other tour, artificial musical barriers and the sinister forces behind their creation.