See "Jazz" on the following webpage:
New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (in Oxford Music Online, on our “Databases” page).
These can be searched in the Library's catalog or WorldCat using the following subject terms:
You can also find them shelved under the call number ML128 J3. (Check both the Reference room and the main stacks (shelves)).
These can be searched in the Library's catalog or WorldCat using the following subject term:
You can also find them shelved under the call number ML102 J3. (Check both the Reference room and the main stacks (shelves)).
Biographical information can be located in the Library's catalog or WorldCat using a number of subject terms:
You'll find both collective and individual biographies. Examples:
Who's Who of Jazz: Storyville to Swing Street.
Jazz Masters of the Forties.
Singing Jazz: the Singers and their Styles.
Jazz Odyssey: the Life of Oscar Peterson.
Black Beauty, White Heat: a Pictorial History of Classic Jazz, 1920-1950.
These can be located in the Library's catalog using the following subject terms:
You can also find many of them shelved in the call number range ML3505.8 - ML3509.
Databases (streaming audio)
The following can be accessed on our "Databases" page:
Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound
Music Online: American Music
Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM)
Numerous discographies have been published tracing the history of recorded jazz, or advising the collector. Find them in the Library's catalog or WorldCat using the following subject terms:
You can also find them shelved under the call number ML156.4 J3.
Biographies of jazz musicians also typically include a discography.
Examples of discographies:
Jazz records, 1897-1942.
Blue Note label: a discography.
Jazz on CD: the essential guide.
Guide to classic recorded jazz.
The "player piano," popular in the early twentieth century, used a mechanism that punched holes in a paper roll to record and play back a pianist's performance. Some early jazz pianists were recorded on piano rolls. See the entry "player piano" in Oxford Music Online (available on our “Databases” page).
"Race records" was a term used in the 1920s and 1930s for recordings by African-American musicians, including jazz and blues artists, when the music industry targeted white and black markets separately. See the entry "race record" in Oxford Music Online.
Many of these early recordings have been re-issued on CD.
Look up these series titles in the Library's catalog:
Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz.
Big Band Jazz from the Beginnings to the Fifties.
Recorded Anthology of American Music:
Rare Piano Rolls.
See "Discographies" and "Websites" on this webpage.
To find these in the Library's catalog:
Be aware that there are both documentary films about jazz, and fictional films that use jazz as a setting or theme.
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (available on our "Databases" page).
Unless otherwise indicated, these can be accessed on our "Journals" page:
Annual Review of Jazz Studies
Jazz Research News (indexed in RILM; articles available through interlibrary loan)
Jazzforschung (indexed in RILM; articles available through interlibrary loan)
Down Beat: Jazz, Blues & Beyond
Critical Studies in Improvisation
Black Music Research Journal
The study of jazz often involves research into the historical, social, economic, and political developments of the time; also, jazz's impact on the other arts.
Some subject headings that relate to the larger context:
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