JazzHall Radio participates in Birmingham’s King Week

The satirists have noted that Black History gets the shortest month of the year. But who’s to stop us from celebrating any darn time we please? Similarly, in Birmingham we’ve turned MLK Day into King Week, and JazzHall Radio is proud to pitch in!

Friday (1/25) we wrap up the observance by infusing our broadcast day with music inspired by Dr. King and the march toward freedom. Listen here.

Did you know Dr. King loved jazz, and credited the music with fueling the Freedom Movement? We’ll hear a special reading of his speech given at the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival, produced by SFJazz.

Martin Luther King, Jr. addressing the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival

Part of the week’s festivities included a statewide track meet, hosted by Birmingham City Schools at the Crossplex. Students paused for an MLK observance, which featured this song from the combined choirs of Carver, Hoover and Ramsay High Schools…

Be a friend to jazz in Alabama: Join us!

You’re invited to join Jazz Hall Friends and help support the programs of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame! Members can make any size one-time or recurring donation, and receive corresponding perks such as VIP receptions, tickets or discounts to events, and more. You can also stay up to date with jazz happenings in the community. Check it out today!

Hoover “First Edition” reps Alabama at Chicago clinic

On the morning of Dec. 17, students in Hoover High School’s “First Edition” jazz ensemble arrived early for one final rehearsal before boarding a bus bound for Chicago. For the second time, First Edition received an invitation to attend the Midwest Clinic, an international jazz and symphonic music gathering. JazzHall Radio spoke with director Sallie Vines White, along with senior band members Ben Solomon (trumpet), Nicolas Foster (drums), and William Ayers (guitar.)

Captain’s Log: Supplemental

In conjunction with the all new JazzHall.com, home of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, welcome to the JazzHall Radio blog. Here you’ll find some fun extras: a place to revisit that thing you heard on the radio, interesting tidbits from the jazz world, additional information about our station and programming, and stories of the great things jazz educators and their students are doing across the state.

Renovations to our new home are underway! Watch this space for updates…