January 7, 2014

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama State Council on the Arts

Alabama Arts Radio interview with Burgin Mathews and Frank “Doc” Adams about their book, Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man.

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 Frank “Doc” Adams and Burgin Mathews

Doc Adams and Burgin Mathews
Photo courtesy of Carla Jean Whitley, Birmingham Magazine

This week Anne Kimzey, folklorist with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, interviews Burgin Mathews and Frank “Doc” Adams about their book titled Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man. Mathews is a writer and teacher at Spain Park High School in Hoover and Adams is a jazz musician, educator and the director of music at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham. The two discuss their collaboration on the book that covers the life and career of Adams, including his education with John T. “Fess” Whatley and his experience playing with jazz legends Sun Ra and Duke Ellington.

This special radio series will air every Sunday at 2:00 P.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:  

  • WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery and Troy)
  • WRWA 88.7 (Dothan)
  • WTJB 91.7 (Columbus and Phenix   City) 

This radio series may not be broadcast in your area, but it can be accessed via the Internet at: http://arts.alabama.gov/actc/1/radioseries.html#burgindocadams

If you have been listening to, and enjoying this radio series, please send your comments to: mailto:barbara.reed@arts.alabama.gov%20

Listen first hand using the link below.

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