Browse Items (23 total)

Jimmy Colvin.jpeg
Photograph of Jimmy Colvin and his band, taken at a wedding reception at the Carraway-Davie House, Birmingham, Alabama, August 9, 1986. Included with the photo is a one-page biography of Colvin. Courtesy Chad Fisher.

Avery Parrish 2.jpg
Pianist / composer / arranger Avery Parrish (1917-1959), creator of the jazz and blues piano standard "After Hours," first recorded with the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra in 1940.

put your hands on your hips!.mp3
1989 radio broadcast featuring pianist Walter Miller live at the Birmingham bar and bistro Joe (sometimes known as Joe Bar).As a trumpeter, Miller performed for many years in the bands of Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles, and Sun Ra. Sun Ra in particular…

put your hands on your hips!.mp3
In this radio broadcast, circa 1988-1989, singer Laura Washington appears with the Jerry Grundy Trio at Grundy's Music Room in Birmingham, Alabama.From 1979 to 1992, Grundy's Music Room -- owned and operated by Jerry and Bernadine "Bernie"…

Newspaper advertisements for the Rhythm Four and other groups performing at the Pizitz department store's open house, 1940-1941.For National Retail Demonstration Week, the Pizitz hosted an open house, inviting the public to view their latest…

Newspaper advertisement for Count Basie at the Birmingham City Auditorium, Weekly Review, September 1940.J. Earle Hensley, one of the event's promoters, was a longtime entertainment promoter in Birmingham's Black community.

Newspaper advertisement for Fats Waller at the City Auditorium,Birmingham News, February 4, 1938. As the ad notes, Waller would also appear "in an exclusive colored engagement" at Birmingham's Colored Masonic Temple on Valentines' Day, February 14.

Mary Alice Clarke.jpg
Mary Alice Clarke Stollenwerck, a member of Birmingham's musical Clarke family, played piano, organ, accordion, and vibraphone; directed music at Birmingham's prestigious Sixteenth Street Baptist Church; and performed for years in Fess Whatley's…

Mary Alice Clarke program 1.jpg
Funeral program for Mary Alice Clarke Stollenwerck: pianist, organist, accordionist, vibraphonist, choir director, and teacher; Birmingham, Alabama, 1911-1999.

Courtesy Carol Clarke.

01 Goin' Down Slow #3.mp3
Blues and boogie-woogie pianist Robert McCoy, recorded by Patrick Cather, circa 1962-1963, Birmingham, Alabama.Cather produced, on his Vulcan / Vulkan Records label, two albums by McCoy -- Barrel House Blues and Jook Piano (1962) and Blues and Boogie…
This photo captures a visit to the Johnson Family by Grand Ole Opry star Del Wood, who made a guest appearance on one of the Johnsons' weekly radio broadcasts in the early 1950s. Wood scored a major hit on the Billboard pop and country charts in 1951…
Organ tuner and jack-of-all-trades, Dewey Gibson of Evergreen, Alabama, 1968. Dewey Gibson was an itinerant piano tuner, organist, preacher, poet, typewriter repairman, ironing board manufacturer, and all-purpose mechanic. A husband and father of…

MM 4-63 Cover.jpeg
April 1963 issue of Music Memories Monthly (Vol. 3, No. 2), produced in Birmingham, Alabama, by Patrick Cather. Highlights of this issue include a cover story by Cather on the Birmingham blues and boogie-woogie pianist Robert McCoy, as well as a…

Big Freada and Mayor.jpeg
Big Freada Wallace, a mainstay of the Birmingham nightclub scene, at the piano with Birmingham Mayor George Seibels, City Hall Christmas party, December 1974.
Leatha Lowe at piano. Along with her brothers J. L. and Sammy, Leatha Lowe belonged to one of Black Birmingham’s most prominent musical families. A classically trained pianist, Leatha taught private piano lessons in her home to numerous Birmingham…
Output Formats

atom, dc-rdf, dcmes-xml, json, omeka-xml, rss2