The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame honors performers,
promoters, music publishing and recording leaders, broadcasters and
others that have had a significant impact on the evolution, development
and perpetuation of jazz music. Inductees must have also been born
in the state of Alabama or have spent considerable time in Alabama
developing, producing and influencing jazz.
Each year the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame honors and
inducts nominees in the following categories:
Artists become eligible for induction
with a record of 15 years experience. Criteria include the influence
and significance of the artist's contributions to the development
and perpetuation of Jazz music.
Songwriters/composers, producers, disc jockeys, club owners, record
executives, administrators, journalists and other industry professionals
who have had a major influence on the development and perpetuation
of Jazz music.
Artists whose music predated Jazz but had an impact of the evolution
of Jazz and inspired Jazz's leading artists (Blues, ragtime, etc.)
This category honors those musicians who have spent their career
out of the spotlight, performing as backup musicians for major
artists on recording sessions and in concert. Thought they often
play a key role in the creation of memorable music, the public
rarely knows them by name.
- Induction Total: 8 persons, 2 per category
- Induction Eligibility: 15 years
- Nominating Committee: 9 persons, with musicians
on the committee. Other members from various professions/backgrounds,
i.e. civic, social, etc.
- Nominating Committee will be selected each year
by the Board of Directors with the assistance of the Executive
- Submit applications and other related materials from nominees to Jazz Hall staff