Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man


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University Alabama Press
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5.85 X 9.25 X 0.95 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author

Frank "Doc" Adams (1928-2014) served Birmingham City Schools for more than forty years, both as a band director and as the district's supervisor of music. For his contributions to Alabama jazz, he was a charter inductee, in 1978, to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

Burgin Mathews is a writer and teacher who has written on the music of the American South. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.


"Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man is an important book that will be of value to students of musical history and the history of race and the African American community in Alabama. It is also a book filled with good stories, and there is always value in that."
--Alabama Review

"This story of an important African American musician was carefully compiled by Mathews, who taped many interviews and transferred them to written format for this book. . . . His [Adams's] love for teaching shines through the pages of this book, which serves equally as a fine volume for teachers, musicians, and the general reader. 'Doc' did things right."
--Music Educators Journal
"Frank Adams's account of his life as a musician in Birmingham is fascinating on its own, with his rich stories of life on the road, the bands of Duke Ellington and Sun Ra, and the fabled music teacher Fess Whatley. But his memories of the development of the city's culture, the role of African American educational institutions, life under segregation, and the struggle for civil rights give this fine book an epic feel, and show us sides of Birmingham that historians have missed."
?--John Szwed, author of Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World and Space Is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra