Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. If you love the sounds of Duke Ellington, Erskine Hawkins and Nat King Cole, then a trip to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame will definitely be in order if you happen to be in the area. Featuring an art-deco style, the Hall of Fame was originally founded in 1978 with the express purpose of honoring the long tradition of Jazz within the state of Alabama. A museum honoring all of the greats of Jazz with ties to the state was later added in 1993. Visitors will find the Hall of Fame in the Civil Rights District in Birmingham, quite near the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum. Covering more than 2,200 square feet, there are numerous exhibits dedicated to sharing the rich and vibrant Jazz culture with others.
Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy guided tours as well as self-guided tours of the museum. Just taking a walk through the museum is an excellent way to learn more about the history and accomplishments of many of the greatest names in Jazz. Even if you are a self-proclaimed Jazz expert, you may just find that you learn something during a tour. The collection of memorabilia and items that once belonged to Jazz greats is worth the trip.
In addition to the museum, the Jazz Hall of Fame also offers numerous jazz performances that are well attended each year. Many of the performances are held throughout the city of Birmingham. The long standing tradition of Jazz in Alabama continues on in these performances and concerts, with a new generation of performers continuing the tradition. On Saturday afternoons, the Hall of Fame also offers swing dance classes, while on other occasions locals and visitors can enjoy comedy nights that feature some of the most talented comedians in the local area.
The museum is open on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. Guided tours are available only on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 1:30pm, so plan accordingly if you would prefer to take a guided tour.
Admission is $2 per person for self-guided tours; with guided tours cost an extra dollar per person. Jazz performances, comedy nights and swing dances are extra, but are still quite reasonable with prices ranging between $10 to $15 per person.
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