ADAMS, FRANK “DOC,” 1928-2014


Musician; band director. Born February 2, 1928, Smithfield.  Parents–Oscar Adams Sr. and Ella Eaton Adams.  Married Dot Adams; children–one. Education–Howard University, B.S., University of Chicago, B.Music,; Samford University, Master of Education and Ed. Specialist; UAB, Ph.D.  Played clarinet and saxophone  with several well-known national  jazz bands.  Music director at Lincoln Elementary School, 1950-1977;  music director and program specialist for Birmingham school system.  Helped found the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame; later its executive director (1998-2001) and director of education. Active in local musical events and musical education.  Inducted into the first class of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, 1978. Died October 29, 1914.


bhamwiki; obituary, Birmingham News, October 29, 2014.


Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man.  University of Alabama Press, 2012.