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    Sections in this category: Listen Online | Browse Jazz Recordings in the Library | Discographies

    Listen Online

    Jazz Music Library
    Listen to over 10,000 jazz albums online, including recordings from the Blue Note and Verve Records labels.

    Browse Jazz Recordings in the Library

    Click links below to browse these items in the library catalog. Below the link is the call number for each format.

    Jazz CDs

    Jazz LPs

    Jazz Cassette Tapes (mostly old Hartt recordings)

    Jazz DVDs

    Jazz VHS Tapes


    These discographies are guides to published jazz recordings.

    Find discographies in the Allen Library at: [REF] ML156 J4

    The Guide to Classic Recorded Jazz
    By Tom Piazza. Allen Library Stacks [ML156.4 J3 P53 1995] Check Status

    International Bibliography of Discographies, Part 2 Unlimited, 1975.
    By David Cooper. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 D61C] Check Status

    Penguin Guide to Jazz on Compact Disc
    By Richard Cook. Allen Library Reference [REF ML156.4 J3 C67] Check Status

    Sections in this category: Fake Books | Finding the Right Fake Book

    Fake Books

    Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long Series
    Allen Library Shelves [M1361 A323 v.1-133] Check Status

    The Hal Leonard Real Jazz Standards Fake Book
    Allen Library Printed Music Reference [M1361 H22] Check Status

    Just Jazz Real Book
    Allen Library Printed Music Reference [M1361 J877] Check Status

    Just Standards Real Book
    Allen Library Printed Music Reference [M1361 J877 S82] Check Status

    The New Real Book Volume 2, C - Vocal Version
    Allen Library Printed Music Reference [M1361 N49 V2] Check Status

    See more fake books

    Finding the Right Fake Book

    The Fake Book Index (seventhstring)
    Useful for identifying in which fake book a specific tune can be found. The library does not own all books listed on this site, however.

    Sections in this category: Books | Subject Headings | Websites


    Connecting Chords with Linear Harmony
    By Bert Ligon. Allen Library [MT68 L55 C66] Check Status

    Saying Something: Jazz Improvisation and Interaction
    By Ingrid Monson. Allen Library [ML3506 M64 S2] Check Status

    Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age
    By David Borgo. Allen Library [ML430.7 B67 S9] Check Status

    Thinking in Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation
    By Paul Berliner. Allen Library [ML3506 B47 T] Check Status

    Vocal Improvisation
    By Michele Weir. Allen Library [MT68 W45 V63] Check Status

    Subject Headings

    Improvisation (Music)

    Vocal improvisation (Music)


    Sections in this category: Books | Interviews | Books | Browsing the Shelves


    Early jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development
    By Gunther Schuller. Allen Library Stacks [ML3561 J42 S3 v.1-2] Check Status

    By Gary Giddins and Scott Knowles DeVeaux. Allen Library [ML3508 G45 J39] Check Status

    Jazz Styles: History and Analysis
    By Mark Gridley. Allen Library A/V [MX ML3506 G8 J 1994] Check Status

    New Grove Dictionary of Jazz
    Edited by Barry Kernfeld. Allen Library Reference [REF ML102 J3 N48 2001] Also available online. Check Status

    Stormy Weather: The Music and Lives of a Century of Jazz Women
    By Linda Dahl. Allen Library Stacks [ML82 D13 1989] Check Status


    Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz
    By Chris Becker. Allen Library Stacks [ML394 B43 F7 2015] Check Status

    The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music
    By Ben Ratliff. Allen Library Stacks [ML394 R37 J39 2008] Check Status

    Jazz Greats Speak: Interviews with Master Musicians
    By Roland Baggenaes. Allen Library [ML385 J399] Check Status

    Jazzwomen: Conversations with Twenty-One Musicians
    By Wayne Enstice and Janis Stockhouse. Allen Library [ML394 E57 J39] Check Status

    Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History
    Edited by Robert Walser. Allen Library Stacks [ML3507 K43] Check Status

    Talking Jazz: An Oral History
    CD - Allen Library Audio Visual [MD ML394 S537 T35] Check Status


    Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination
    By Brent Hayes Edwards. Allen Library Stacks [PN56.M87 E39 2017] Check Status

    Browsing the Shelves

    Sections in this category: General Resources | Historical Collections

    General Resources

    52nd Street Jazz
    Features large collection of jazz and Latin music reviews, as well as news, discussions and links to purchase recordings online.

    Black Grooves

    News and information about artists, festivals, albums, and more.

    Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Inc.
    Includes music, CDs, and DVDs for sale; an online forum for discussion of jazz issues; a calendar of workshops, performances, and clinics; and links to other sites.

    Red Hot Jazz Archive
    Includes comprehensive lists of musicians and bands that were active between 1895 and 1929. Includes essays, articles, and sound files.

    Sax on the Web
    This page is devoted to saxophone playing, mainly "classical" but some jazz styles as well.

    Second Floor Music
    Jazz publisher.

    Historical Collections

    African-American Sheet Music, 1850 -1920
    This collection (searchable by subject, composer, publisher, illustrator, and title) provides access to digital images of 1,305 pieces of sheet music at Brown University dating from 1850 through 1920.

    Gerry Mulligan Collection
    This site includes selected manuscript scores and parts, recorded excerpts, and discographies.

    Hoagy Carmichael Collection
    The largest holding of Hoagy Carmichael materials (scores, manuscripts, correspondence, and recordings) in the world. It includes a complete catalog, access to digitized images, and supplemental research information.

    Louisiana State Museum Jazz Collection
    This site primarily deals with traditional New Orleans jazz. It focuses on photographs and audio recordings of musicians and bands primarily active in New Orleans, and musical instruments from the collections of the Louisiana State Museum.

    The Louis Armstrong House Museum at Queens College contains Armstrong's vast personal collection of photographs, papers, scrapbooks, commercial recordings, private recordings, memorabilia, and musical instruments. The web site includes a tour of the house, changing online exhibits, a biography, and a bibliography and discography.

    William P. Gottlieb Collection
    The William P. Gottlieb Collection, comprising over sixteen hundred photographs of celebrated jazz artists, documents the jazz scene from 1938 to 1948, primarily in New York City and Washington, DC

    Guide to Finding Jazz in the Library Catalog (PDF)
    This guide will help you find jazz transcriptions and recordings in the library catalog.

    Sections in this category: Books | Call Numbers | Periodicals | Subject Headings


    Arranging for Large Jazz Ensemble
    Allen Library [MT73.5 L68 A77] Check Status

    The Blues: A Bibliographical Guide
    By Mary L. Hart. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 B63 H37] Check Status

    The Jazz Idiom
    Allen Library [MT68 C68 J39] Check Status

    Jazz Lexicon
    By Robert Gold. Allen Library Reference [REF ML 102 J42G] Check Status

    Madame Jazz: Contemporary Women Instrumentalists Press, 1995.
    By Leslie Gourse. Allen Library Stacks [ML82 G68 M] Check Status

    What to Listen for in Jazz
    By Berry Kernfeld. Allen Library Stacks [ML3506 K47 W] Check Status

    Call Numbers

    [REF] ML102
    Encyclopedias and dictionaries

    [REF] ML128 J4


    Subject Headings

    African American musicians

    Jazz Analysis, appreciation

    Jazz History and criticism

    Women jazz musicians