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

Violins of Hope founder Amnon Weinstein, from

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.

Meet the Music: Saahara chats with Birmingham flutist Kim Scott

Album art for Kim Scott's "Free to Be"
Kim’s new album Free to Be will be released July 19

JazzHall Radio afternoon host Saahara Glaudé catches up with flutist Kim Scott, discussing her forthcoming album “Free to Be.” (It’s available July 19, but why wait?) They discuss her Billboard #1 single, career as faculty and administrator at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and what’s ahead for her.

2019 Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Student Jazz Band Festival: Clay-Chalkville High School Jazz Band

Here are images and video clips of the Clay-Chalkville High School “Kool Kats” jazz band, under the direction of Kelvin Benion.

JazzHall Radio plans to air more features and performances from our school bands! Follow this blog and stay tuned to 91.1 (or listen online) to learn more. And please consider joining our effort as a Jazz Hall Friend!