Induction Requirements

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 Director
  • Submit applications and other related materials from nominees to Jazz Hall staff

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