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Online Reference Resources
  • 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.
  • Archives of African American Music and Culture
    "Established in 1991, the Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) is a repository of materials covering various musical idioms and cultural expressions from the post-World War II era." Be sure to check out the Links page.
  • 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.
Miscellaneous Texts
  • African American Jazz and Rap: Social and Philosophical Examinations of Black Expressive Behavior
    Introduction / James B. Stewart -- I. Toward an Afrocentric Approach to the Study of Jazz and Rap Music. 1. Metatheory and Methodology: Appraising the Black Experience / James L. Conyers, Jr. 2. The Role of Criticism in Black Popular Culture / Warren C. Swindell -- II. "All That Jazz": History, Culture, Performers, Instruments, and Political Functionality. 3. "And All That Jazz" Has African Roots! / Learthen Dorsey. 4. Jazz Antecedents / Eddie S. Meadows. 5. The Life and Jazz Style of Blue Mitchell / Charles I. Miller. 6. Jazz Guitar: Ain't No Jazz / George Walker and Mondo Eyen we Langa. 7. The Social Roots to African American Music: 1950-1970 / Thomas J. Porter. 8. Jazz Musicians in Postwar Europe and Japan / Larry Ross -- III. Jazz Expressions in Dance and Literature. 9. African American Dance and Music / Samuel A. Floyd, Jr. 10. Lady Sings the Blues: Toni Morrison and the Jazz/Blues Aesthetic / Gloria T. Randle. 11. Al Young: Jazz Griot / Michael Carroll -- IV. Rap Music as Art Form, Social-Political Commentary, and Economic Commodity. 12. The Rhythm of Rhyme: A Look at Rap Music as an Art Form from a Jazz Perspective / Reginald Thomas. 13. At the Vanguard: African American Life as Seen Through the Music of Selected Rap and Jazz Artists / Andrew P. Smallwood. 14. Africana Cosmology, Ethos, and Rap: A Social Study of Black Popular Culture / James L. Conyers, Jr. -- V. Toward the Future: Educating Future Generations and Preserving Cultural Traditions. 15. Can You Sing Jazz? Perception and Appreciation of Jazz Music Among African American Young Adults / Nancy J. Dawson. 16. Hip-Hop and the Rap Music Industry / Tshombe Walker. 17. Ethnomusicology and the African American Tradition / George L. Starks, Jr. 18. Reflections on Sterling Stuckey's Slave Culture: Understanding Pan Afrikan Nationalism as a Cultural Force / Ahati N. N. Toure.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library General Collection ML3508 .A47 2001
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  • Dvorák to Duke Ellington: A Conductor Explores America's Music and its African American Roots
    Antonin Dvořák comes to America -- America and Negro music -- Dvořák's symphony "From the New World" -- The Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 -- The National Conservatory of Music of America -- Paul Laurence Dunbar, Clorilindy, and "The talented tenth" -- James Reese Europe -- George Gershwin and African American music -- Leonard Bernstein -- Gershwin's "Rhapsody in blue" -- The Clef Club concert -- Will Marion Cook -- George Antheil's "Ballet mécanique" -- Bernstein's Mass -- Duke Ellington -- Ellington's "Queenie pie" -- Ellington's "Black, brown and beige". Antonin Dvorak comes to America -- America and Negro music -- Dvorak's symphony "From the New World" -- The Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 -- The National Conservatory of Music of America -- Paul Laurence Dunbar, Clorilindy, and "The talented tenth" -- James Reese Europe -- George Gershwin and African American music -- Leonard Bernstein -- Gershwin's "Rhapsody in blue" -- The Clef Club concert -- Will Marion Cook -- George Antheil's "Ballet mecanique" -- Bernstein's Mass -- Duke Ellington -- Ellington's "Queenie pie" -- Ellington's "Black, brown and beige."
    • Location(s): TC Music Library General Collection ML200 .P47 2004
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  • Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music
    Publisher description: For almost half a century, Amiri Baraka has ranked among the most important commentators on African American music and culture. In this brilliant assemblage of his writings on music, the first such collection in nearly twenty years, Baraka blends autobiography, history, musical analysis, and political commentary to recall the sounds, people, times, and places he's encountered. As in his earlier classics, Blues People and Black Music, Baraka offers essays on the famous--Max Roach, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane--and on those whose names are known mainly by jazz aficionados--Alan Shorter, Jon Jang, and Malachi Thompson. Baraka's literary style, with its deep roots in poetry, makes palpable his love and respect for his jazz musician friends. His energy and enthusiasm show us again how much Coltrane, Albert Ayler, and the others he lovingly considers mattered. He brings home to us how music itself matters, and how musicians carry and extend that knowledge from generation to generation, providing us, their listeners, with a sense of meaning and belonging.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library General Collection ML3556 .B1612 2009
  • Music and the Racial Imagination
    Foreword / Houston A. Baker, Jr. -- Introduction: Music and Race, Their Past, Their Presence / Ronald Radano and Philip V. Bohlman -- 1. The Asian American Body in Performance / Deborah Wong -- 2. Ethnifying Rhythms, Feminizing Cultures / Frances R. Aparicio -- 3. "Ain't I People?": Voicing National Fantasy / Brian Currid -- 4. "Sexual Pantomimes," the Blues Aesthetic, and Black Women in the New South / Tera W. Hunter -- 5. Race Music: Bo Chatmon, "Corrine Corrina," and the Excluded Middle / Christopher A. Waterman -- 6. Mestizaje in the Mix: Chicano Identity, Cultural Politics, and Postmodern Music / Rafael Perez-Torres -- 7. Performing Decency: Ethnicity and Race in Andean "Mestizo" Ritual Dance / Zoila Mendoza -- 8. Indonesian-Chinese Oppression and the Musical Outcomes in the Netherlands East Indies / Margaret I. Kartomi -- 9. Ethnic Identity, National Identity, and Music in Indo-Trinidadian Culture / Peter Manuel -- 10. Presencing the Past and Remembering the Present: Social Features of Popular Music in Kenya / D. A. Masolo -- 11. Bela Bartok and the Rise of Comparative Ethnomusicology: Nationalism, Race Purity, and the Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire / Katie Trumpener -- 12. Racial Projects and Musical Discourses in Trinidad, West Indies / Jocelyne Guilbault -- 13. Hot Fantasies: American Modernism and the Idea of Black Rhythm / Ronald Radano -- 14. Alban Berg, the Jews, and the Anxiety of Genius / Sander L. Gilman -- 15. "Death is a Drum": Rhythm, Modernity, and the Negro Poet Laureate / Larry Scanlon -- 16. Race, Class, and Musical Nationalism in Zimbabwe / Thomas Turino -- 17. Duke Ellington, Black, Brown and Beige, and the Cultural Politics of Race / Kevin Gaines -- 18. Naming the Illuminati / Christopher Holmes Smith and John Fiske -- 19. Music Wars: Blood and Song at the End of Yugoslavia / Tomislav Longinovic -- 20. The Remembrance of Things Past: Music, Race, and the End of History in Modern Europe / Philip V. Bohlman.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library General Collection ML3795 .M782 2000
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  • Representing Black Music Culture: Then, Now, and When Again?
    Book Description: In this collection of essays, interviews, and profiles, William Banfield reflects on his life as a musician and educator, as he weaves together pieces of cultural criticism and artistry, all the while paying homage to Black music of the last 40 years and beyond. In Representing Black Music Culture: Then, Now, and When Again?, Banfield honors the legacy of artists who have graced us with their work for more than half a century. The essays and interviews in this collection are enhanced by seven years of daily diary entries, which reflect on some of the country's most respected Black composers, recording artists, authors, and cultural icons. These include Ornette Coleman, Bobby McFerrin, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka, Gordon Parks, the Marsalis brothers, Spike Lee, Maya Angelou, Patrice Rushen, and many others. Though many of the individuals Banfield lauds are well-known to most readers, he also turns his attention to musicians and artists whose work, while perhaps unheralded by the world at large, are no less deserving of praise and respect for their contributions to the culture. In addition, this volume is filled with candid photographs of many of these fellow artists as they participate in expressive culture, whether on stage, on tour, in clubs, behind the scenes, in rehearsal, or even during meals and teaching class. This unique book of essays, interviews, diary entries, and Banfield's personal photographs will be of interest to scholars and students, of course, but also to general readers interested in absorbing and appreciating the beauty of Black culture.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library General Collection ML410.B2084 A3 2011
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