Encyclopedias are a good place to start
your research. They can help you identify
a topic for your paper, and often include
Jazz Milestones: A Pictorial
Chronicle of Jazz 1900-1990
Reference ML3506 .J43 1993
Living the Jazz Life: Conversations with
Forty Musicians About Their Careers in
Jazz On Order
New Grove Dictionary
of Jazz Reference
ML102 .J3 N48 2001
New Grove Gospel, Blues, and Jazz: With
Spirituals and Ragtime Book
Oxford Companion to Jazz Book Stacks
ML3556 .O456 1986b
ML3507 .O94 2000
Up From the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans
Music Since World War II Book
What Is This Thing Called Jazz? African
American Musicians as Artists, Critics and
ML3521 .B47 1992
ML3508 .P67 2002
CSUSM Media Library has a wide
variety of sound recordings on jazz. To
get all 330+ items, type 'jazz' as a keyword
search and then modify the search to look
only for the material type: MUSIC RECORDINGS.
If you have a more specific version of jazz
you are looking for, try typing that term
in the search box as well, such as 'jazz
and Cuba' to get more focused results.
CSUSM Media Library has a wide variety
of videos on jazz. To get all 70+ items,
type 'jazz' as a keyword search and then
modify the search to location: VIDEO.
If you search under GENRE/FORM for music,
you will note two different listings for
'music video recordings' and 'music videos'.
Music videos are normally music performances
while the video recordings can be recorded
interviews or instruction on music.
Although Callaloo is oriented towards
literature and arts, there are a number
of articles addressing music, specifically
jazz, in this publication. Available electronically
through Project Muse (more recent) and JSTOR (issues older
than 5 years).
Popular Music addresses a variety
of topics in music and performance. This
title is available in the library's periodical
stacks starting with vol. 10 (1991) and
online to CSUSM users through the library
catalog starting with vol 19 (2000.)
Journals on music in electronic format can
be found by using the GENRE/FORM search
option in the library catalog. Type in music
as your search term and look for the 'music
electronic journals' entry to access the
list of all journals we own in electronic
Memory Brought to you by the
Library of Congress, this is a collection
of digitized documents, photographs and
sound files covering a variety of America
music including jazz and blues.
Music Center Focuses on contemporary
American music including a listening room
and webzine on new music.
Musicological Society (AMS)
A huge site, with a focus on American music,
but the Web
sites of interest to musicologists link
provides extensive lists of links under
headings such as 'Women in Music', 'Jazz',
'Music in Latin America' as well as practical
matters such as job vacancies, music libraries,
British Library Sound Archive: Pop Music: Jazz
This site focuses on describing the collections
available at the British Library, but offers a large
number of sound recordings available online and an
extensive list of links to European and American web
sites on jazz.
A History of America's Music The site
supplementing the PBS series by Ken Burns,
the links of special value are the "Biographies"
and the "Jazz in Time" sections.
All About Jazz While not research-based,
the interviews with jazz performers and
reviews of recordings are valuable for primary
source information on the artist's interpretations
and inspirations for their work.
National Public Radio: Jazz
This site offers a wide variety of information based on
prior broadcast programs. Of special note is the Basic
Jazz Record Library, offering recordings of the artists
discussed in the program transcripts.
for Jazz: Music History and Education
Assembled by a jazz musician, the site
has a useful glossary, timeline and information
on music theory. The value is weakened
by the lack of references provided to
support the information.
Red Hot Jazz
Archive Like most .coms, this has a commercial
component, but an extensive and accessible list of bands
with sound and video clips. The essays do not offer
bibliographies, but information on books written by the
essay author. Useful features are the dates given for
the band and star performers.
Video On Demand
A collection of performances, lectures, interviews, and
installations recorded at UCSD. These are free to watch
using RealPlayer. Use the video finder subject divisions
to look at the offering (advise using the Arts & Music
collection and then using the "by subject" tab". A
title/keyword search option is available also. Of interest
are the Jazz & Popular Music and Artist Profiles sections.
American Music Collection Transcripts
of approximately 60 of the artists recorded
through videotaped interviews by James Standifer.
Other materials are referred to, but are
not available through online access.
Memory Brought to you by
the Library of Congress, this is a collection
of digitized documents, photographs and
sound files including collections focusing
on individual performers and composers.
Musicians (All Genres) and Popular Groups
Assembled by Indiana University, this covers
a broad range of musical artists. Not all names given have
active links, but the page offers individuals, groups
and at the bottom, links to "The Standards", "Women in
Jazz" (2 parts) and "Today's Generation".
Jazz Profiles from National Public Radio provides
biographical material, interviews and performance clips
to a number of different performers over time.
Oral History Project (Selected Clips from
the Louis Armstrong Jazz Oral History
Project) Mostly short video
clips and transcripts of interviews with
some of the jazz greats, there are several
full-length (1 hour+) streaming video
interviews as well.
numbers of sites dedicated to performers and genres are
being made available on the internet. Look for reliable
and established research-oriented sites, such as those
hosted by universities (on .edu servers) or museums and
historical societies (frequently found on .org servers).
Here are some examples:
Blues Music: Overview From the New Georgia
Encyclopedia, this focuses on performers who
lived in the state.
Blake Collection at the Maryland Historical
Jefferson, Blind Lemon from the Handbook of
Texas Online. A short entry with references for
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