Joe Hammond opened Joe’s Palm Room in Louisville, Kentucky In 1954. This jazz bar grew to be one of the top communal hubs in the United States. Renowned musicians would repeatedly pass through to jam; locals obtained gainful devoted employment; and a colorful community from all walks of life convened. These relationships inspired a thriving life in Louisville and Joe was at the center. He was involved in everything that improved people’s lives from the inner workings of the municipal water company, to the neighborhood corner cleaners, and running the governor’s campaigns by registering people to vote. While doing so, he was a man of integrity, honesty, humility and generosity. A true gentleman until the end.
The Joe Hammond organization was created to honor his achievements, revive his “style,” and successfully bridge the gaps in the urban revitalization project of Louisville, Kentucky.