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GLARE  Magazine


Founded in August, 1951, GLARE was a monthly magazine devoted to Black social and cultural life in Birmingham, Alabama. According to an editorial introduction in its inaugural issue, "GLARE pictures the better things of life, the pleasant things, the things for which we all strive, the things that make us happy. 'GLARE' pictures dreams come true, ambitions realized, goals achieved and efforts crowned with success."

The Southern Music Research Center presents in its digital archive music- and nightlife-related material from four issues: August 1951, September 1951, April 1953, and April 1954.

In addition to music, GLARE featured articles on a host of topics, including social clubs, schools, church life, and business; for additional material from these issues, please contact the Southern Music Research Center.

The excerpts below include articles on music by Julian Parrish, a pianist, bandleader, and prominent social figure, whose brother Avery recorded the standard "After Hours" with the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra 1939; and by J. L. Lowe, saxophonist, educator, and (in 1979) founding director of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Among these selections are "Birmingham Music Capital," Lowe's two-part series on the city's contributions to jazz; a profile of Fourth Avenue North, "Birmingham's Street of Dreams"; a feature on O. J. Grey's Club 2728; and numerous photos of choirs and choruses, local and national musicians, nightclub goers, and more. (Please click on individual pages for enlarged images.)

The Southern Music Research Center is seeking donations of additional copies of GLARE. Please email us if you have any in your collection.

These issues donated by Patrick Cather.

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“GLARE Magazine,” Southern Music Research Center, accessed February 21, 2024,