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14 Persons in the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame:

Location:
1631 4th Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Web Site:
Years Active:
1978-1997, 2001, 2008 - some years skipped

Cootie Williams

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Charles Melvin Williams
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trumpeter.
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1991.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1993.

Dinah Washington

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Ruth Lee Jones
Nickname(s):
Queen of the Blues
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Older than Dick Lane by 3 years.

Brief Facts:

Song:Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1993.
Blues Hall of Fame 2003.
Alabama Music Hall of Fame 1991.
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1986.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987.
ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

Duke Ellington

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Edward Kennedy Ellington
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75, 25 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songwriters Hall of Fame 1971.
DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1956.
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1992.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978.
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1992.
Presidential Medal of Freedom 1969.
French Legion of Honor.
Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2008.
ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.
National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6535 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

Ella Fitzgerald

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Ella Jane Fitzgerald
Nickname(s):
Lady Ella
Queen of Scat
First Lady of Song
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won 13 Grammy Awards, and was awarded the National Medal of Art by Ronald Reagan.
Presidential Medal of Freedom 1992.
DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1979.
National Women's Hall of Fame 1995.
Kennedy Center Honors 1979.
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1984.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978.
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1997.
National Medal of Arts 1987.
ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.
National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6738 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

Gene Conners

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Gene Conner
Also Known As:
Gene Connors
Nickname(s):
The Mighty Flea
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz trombonist.
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 2008.

John Anderson

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
John David Anderson
Birth Date:
Age today:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs:Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1981.
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 2014.

Lionel Hampton

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Lionel Leo Hampton
Nickname(s):
The Gates of Swing
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drums and vibraphone.
Song:Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1986.
DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1987.
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1992.
Kennedy Center Honors 1992.
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame 2006.
National Medal of Arts 1996.
National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 14 June 1982.

Nat King Cole

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Nathaniel Adams Coles
Also Known As:
Nat "King" Cole
Nickname(s):
King
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45, 30 days before his 46th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Songs:TV show:Movies:Group:Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1993.
Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007.
Alabama Music Hall of Fame 1985.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2000.
DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1997.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1993.
Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame 2003.
ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame..
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6659 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
A star at 6229 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.

Pinetop Smith

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Clarence Smith
Also Known As:
Pine Top Smith
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
24
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1991.

Shorty Long

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Frederick EarlLong
Nickname(s):
Shorty
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
29
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Motown.
Songs:He and a friend drowned when their boat capsized on the Detroit River in Michigan.
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1980.

Sun Ra

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Herman Poole Blount
Also Known As:
Le Sony'r Ra
Nickname(s):
Sonny
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79, 8 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Also a philosopher. Claimed to be from Saturn at one point.
DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1984.
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1979.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987.

Urbie Green

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Urban Clifford Green
Birth Date:
Age today:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trombonist.
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1995.

W.C. Handy

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William Christopher Handy
Also Known As:
W C Handy
Nickname(s):
Father of the Blues
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wrote song:Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1983.
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1985.
Alabama Music Hall of Fame 1987.
Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981.
Blues Hall of Fame 2010.
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