Black History Month

The Grand 1894 Opera House has a rich history of presenting a diverse and powerful array of artists during its history.  We are proud to celebrate Black History month and invite you to view our windows to bring back memories of so many of our favorites over the years.   This sampling of individual artists, groups and companies represents a variety of genres, from blues and jazz, pop and classical to dance, theatre and the spoken word.    It is a walk through our past and present during this month of celebration.   The Grand is committed to continuing its history of diversity, equity and inclusion in the arts.

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was an American vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader who worked with jazz musicians from Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, and Buddy Rich, to Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, and Quincy Jones. In 1992, he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1996.

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Performed at The Grand – October 1984

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(1930–2004) was a legendary musician often called the “Genius,” who pioneered the genre of soul music during the 1950s.  Charles combined blues, gospel, R&B, rock, country music and jazz to create groundbreaking hits such as “Unchain My Heart,” “I’ve Got A Woman,” and “What I’d Say.”  His impressive multi-award winning 50-year career left an indelible mark on contemporary music all over the world.

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Performed at The Grand – September 1987

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