African American Music Reference
African American Music Reference aims to offer comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression by bringing together materials from reference works, biographies, chronologies, sheet music, images, lyrics, liner notes, and discographies to chronicle the diverse history and culture of the African American experience through music. The first release of African American Music Reference includes over 3,900 pages of reference, including a comprehensive set of biographies on the top 185 African American composers, edited by Samuel Floyd, Jr., as well as 5,000 pages of liner notes from Document Records. Other materials in this release include African American iconography, collections of spirituals and slave lyrics, and reference on important ensembles and musicians such as the Fisk Jubilee Singers,Jelly Roll Morton, Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, and more. As the database grows, this material will be supplemented with other reference titles covering the histories of jazz, blues, bebop, hip hop, ragtime, gospel, and rhythm and blues, as well as a detailed chronology of African American events in music, links to Web resources, searchable sheet music, and new reference titles such as Mingus: A Critical Biography (Brian Priestley), Billie Holiday: Wishing on the Moon (Donald Clarke), Jazzwomen: Conversations with 21 Musicians (Indiana University Press), Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker (Gary Giddens), The Holy Profane: Religion in Black Popular Music (Theresa L. Reed), Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life (Wynton Marsalis), and more.