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Online Reference Resources on Jazz
  • African American Music Reference Authentication Required
    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.
  • Grove Music Online
    Edited by Laura Macy. Updated monthly, 2004-. Includes the full text with ongoing updates of the 20+ volume The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed., all four volumes of The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and 3 volume set, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed. Full text searching is available.
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  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Popular Music Authentication Required
    Featuring a broad musical scope covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music, the Encyclopedia also offers thousands of additional entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system.
  • Oxford Music Online Authentication Required
    A gateway that offers users the ability to access and cross-search the resources of Oxford's music reference in one location. The cornerstone of Oxford Music Online, Grove Music Online, has been redesigned with a number of functional enhancements and new content. Also features Colin Larkin's landmark Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online - Music Collection Authentication Required
    Collection of monographs covering a broad range of music scholarship, including musicology and music history, ethnomusicology, music theory, jazz, and popular music. Includes classic works, fundamental texts, and recently published titles.
Online Jazz Audio Resources
  • American Music (previously American Song & African American Song) Authentication Required
    American Song is a history database that contains ~12,00 tracks that allow people to hear and feel the music from America's past. The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.
  • Database of Recorded American Music Authentication Required
    The Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM) is a collaboration between New World Records, Composers Recordings Inc., and New York University. DRAM facilitates research in American music by offering on-demand access to audio-streaming files of complete works by American composers. More than 4,000 albums from over 40 independent record labels and archives, documenting over 7,500 compositions from the catalogs of the New World, CRI, Albany, innova, Cedille, XI, Pogus, Deep Listening, Mutable, and other record labels. Ranging from folk to opera, native American to jazz, 19th-century "classical" to early rock, and musical theater to contemporary, electronic, and more, DRAM's goal is to make available for educational use and scholarly research the widest possible spectrum of recorded American music. Alongside the high-quality music streams, complete liner notes, scholarly essays, bibliographies, and discographies are available for viewing on the Database. Playlists can be created by faculty to address specific curriculum needs.
  • Jazz (formerly Jazz Music Library) Authentication Required
    Jazz (formerly Jazz Music Library) is a Web-based resource that streams over a half-million audio tracks from about 45,000 albums issued by such major labels as Verve, Impulse, Jazzology, Black Swan, Circle Records, Paramount, Concord, Fantasy, Milestone, Monterey Jazz Festival Records, Original Jazz Classics, Pablo, Peak, Prestige, Riverside, Stretch Records, and Original Jazz Classics.* The list of artists ranges from Buddy Guy, Charlie Parker, Chuck Mangione, Dinah Washington, Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Grover Washington, Jr., Les Paul, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, and Peggy Lee, to Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Billie Holliday, Thelonius Monk, Tony Bennett, and many others.
  • Naxos Music Library Jazz Authentication Required
    Naxos Music Library Jazz is one of the most comprehensive collection of Jazz music available online. It offers close to 22,600* tracks of jazz from over 2,300* albums. Over 500* jazz artists are represented.
Jazz Video Recordings in the Music Library
  • Jazz : a film by Ken Burns
    10 episodes tracing the history of jazz from its roots in the African-American community of New Orleans to its heights and continuing presence.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Closed Stacks (Visual Materials) (DVD-1219 )
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  • The Art of Improvisation
    Jarrett talks about his music, great musicians he has worked with, and the highlights of his career. Includes interviews with fellow musicians and other musical associates, and rare concert footage. Includes interviews with Jarrett, Manfred Eicher, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Cloud, Scott Jarrett, George Avakian, Gary Burton, Toshinari Koinuma, Chick Corea, Charlie Haden, Dewey Redman, Rose Anne Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Jon Christensen, and Palle Danielsson.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Closed Stacks (Visual Materials) (DVD-1478 )
  • over 150 other jazz videos are available for viewing in the Music Library
Jazz Audio Recordings in the Music Library
  • over 2700 jazz CDs are available for listening in the Music Library, including the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (CD-515).
Reference Books on Jazz in the Music Library
  • Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World
    This 7-volume set covers popular music globally. Vol.1. covers Media, industry and society; v. 2. Performance and production; v. 3. Caribbean and Latin America; v. 4. North America; v. 5. Asia and Oceania; v. 6. Africa and the Middle East; and v. 7. Europe.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Reference ML102.P66 C66 2003 Non-Circulating
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  • Dictionary of American Pop/Rock: Rock, Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Folk, Country, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Films, Musical Theater, Recording & Music Business Authentication Required
    • Location(s): TMUSI REF ML102 .P66 S5 1982 Non-circulating
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  • Encyclopedia of popular music, 3rd ed.
    This 8 volume encyclopedia, published in 1998 provides broad coverage of popular music: v. 1. A Band of angels-Burnel, Jean Jacques -- v. 2. Burnett, Carol-Dusty, Slim -- v. 3. Dutch swing college band-Heptones -- v. 4. Herbal mixture-Louvin brothers -- v. 5. Louvin, Charlie-Paul, Clarence -- v. 6. Paul, Emmmanuel-Smith, Larry -- v. 7. Smith, Leo-Wildchild -- v. 8. Wilde, Kim-ZZ top.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Reference Quarto ML102.P66 G84 1998 Non-Circulating
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  • Encyclopedia of World Pop Music 1980-2001
    • Location(s): TC Music Library Quarto ML102.P66 J44 2003
Books on Jazz in the Music Library
  • The Music Library holds over 1,000 books about jazz, including the titles below
  • The Chronicle of Jazz
    A century of jazz -- 1895-1916: Origins -- 1917-1929: From New Orleans to the East Coast -- 1930-1945: Swing -- 1946-1958: Style and idea -- 1959-1969: The birth of modern jazz -- 1970-1999: Innovation and reaction -- 2000- : Millennium blues.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library General Collection (Quarto ML3506 .C69 2013 )
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  • Jazz and Culture in a Global Age
    Jazz and the perfect storm -- Jazz may be universal, but does it have a universal meaning? -- Jazz and American cultural power -- The globalization of jazz -- Jazz and modernism.
    • Location(s): Northeastern University Press
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  • Jazz Icons: Heroes, Myths and the Jazz Tradition
    Introduction: Jazz narratives and sonic icons -- Jazz icons, heroes and myths -- Jazz and the disembodied voice -- Not a wonderful world: Louis Armstrong meets Kenny G -- Men can't help acting on Impulse! -- Witnessing and the jazz anecdote -- Dispelling the myth: essentialist Ellington -- Birth of the school.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library General Collection (ML3508 .W49 2010 )
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Journals in the Music Library that Cover Jazz

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