2019 Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Student Jazz Band Festival: Pizitz Middle School

Here are images and video clips of the Pizitz Middle School Band performance, directed by Kim Bain.

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!

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2019 Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Student Jazz Band Festival: BB Comer High School

Here are images and video clips of the B.B. Comer Memorial High School Jazz Ensemble performance, directed by Dan Seaborn.

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!

Details on Student Jazz Band Festival – April 10th and 12th

The 18th annual Student Jazz Band Festival returns April 10th and 12th, hosted by the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame at historic LR Hall Auditorium.

Information on band signups and how you can attend can be found here.

Schedule: Wednesday (4/10) the first band is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., and the last band at 2:30. There is a free improvisation workshop at 12:30, open to everyone.

Friday (4/12) the music begins at 9:45 a.m. with the final band scheduled for 1:45, and an improvisation workshop at noon.

Hope you can make it out for one or both days of great music!

Annual Student Jazz Band Festival returns in April

The 18th annual Student Jazz Band Festival returns April 10-12, hosted by the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame at historic LR Hall Auditorium.

Information on band signups and how you can attend can be found here.

This is a terrific event, and I promise you will be blown away by the talent of our students, and happy to know that jazz is alive and well, and in good hands. Come support our student musicians if you can!

The Minor High School band following their 2018 Student Jazz Band Festival performance

Jazz Hall Friends!

A quick reminder to join our mission, and become a Jazz Hall Friend! As a friend you will be supporting JazzHall radio and all the programs of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. It’s a charitable gift, but might also pay you back in tangible ways, beyond that good feeling of helping create the next generation of musicians. We’ll be giving away tickets, CDs and more to our Friends as they are available. And down the road, we’ll have special gatherings and ton of opportunities for you in our new space at the Carver Theatre. So get board while the gettin’ is good. Visit Jazz Hall Friends and choose the best membership level for you – a one-time or recurring gift at any amount. We’ll track cumulative giving and keep you in mind when we can give back!

Got music on the brainz?

If you listen to our station online, you know it’s a great way to find out the the name of the song and artist that’s currently playing, or recently played. (We’ll do a better job of that on the radio soon, I promise! We just need more peeps.)

You may have also noticed that occasionally you can see the album art of the record – though often you just see our logo because no art is available. Well I just found out why!

Our streaming provider (They’re great, Securenet Systems, FYI) now uses a new service to provide that data. A previous provider started charging for the service – basically selling our own data back to us. What?! But there’s this cool collective of music lovers at MusicBrainz that volunteers to find the album data and enter it in the database so we all can share it.

We love these folks who produce our streaming audio and mobile app!

So I’m going to pitch in and help enter some of our music. But since it’s open to all, I bet there are some jazz aficionados, or computer nerds, or jazz aficionado computer nerds, who would also love to help out! If so, take a look at How to Add Cover Art and see if you’d like to add your favorite music. It looks like it could be as simple as cutting and pasting an Amazon code.

So you’ll soon get to see more of those lovely album/CD covers when you’re hearing your tunes. Enjoy!

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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…