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Ray Reach
Director of Student Jazz Programs
As a practicing professional musician of some 40+ years, Raymond E. Reach (or just plain Ray, as he prefers to be called) lives an unusually diverse musical life. Ray has kept both feet firmly planted in two musical worlds - always having one foot in academia and the other in what he calls, the "real world" of professional music. Ray produces jazz and classical records and directs the Magic City Jazz Orchestra, a recording and concert Big Band composed of some of the best jazz players Alabama has to offer.
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Dr. Frank Adams
Director of Education, Emeritus

February 2, 1928- October 29, 2014

The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame honors the contributions of Alabama’s musicians to jazz history. Charter Inductee Dr. Frank Adams Sr. was a passionate musician who dedicated his life to teaching students jazz; he passed away on Oct. 29, 2014. Music was his life, and his commitment to his students was inspiring. Help us share the story of his legacy with future generations To donate to the memory of this great jazz musician please visit our home page or our events page.

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