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MUSIC RESEARCH GUIDE: Jazz Research

Resources for music research and for finding materials in Parsons Music Library

WHERE TO START

To get an overview of a jazz topic, try Grove Music Online.  It gives background information and bibliographies.

All Music Guide is another good place to look for information about jazz artists and genres.

Eddie Meadows' book, Jazz Scholarship and Pedagogy, is an annotated bibliography of books, recordings, videos, and websites.

USING THE LIBRARY CATALOG FOR JAZZ RESEARCH

Select "Subject Heading Browse" in the "within" box on the BASIC SEARCH screen

TO FIND: ENTER THIS SUBJECT HEADING:
Biographies of jazz musicians Jazz Musicians
Jazz scholarship (any period) Jazz Analysis, Appreciation  OR
  Jazz History and Criticism
Jazz scholarship (specific decade) Jazz 1931-40 History and Criticism OR
  Jazz 1951-60 History and Criticism, etc.
Jazz methods books Jazz Instruction and Study
Fake books Music Fake Books
Discographies Jazz Discography
Interviews Jazz Musicians Interviews
Playalongs (Jamey Aebersold, etc) Recorded Accompaniments


For books about a particular jazz genre, select SUBJECT HEADING BROWSE in the "within box," and enter your genre term(s).  The catalog may link you to a different term, for example, Bop (Music) instead of Bebop.

If you have trouble, ask for the book Music Subject Headings, which is behind the circulation desk in the Music Library.  It will show you the correct subject phrases to enter for specific musical topics.

JOURNAL ARTICLES ON JAZZ TOPICS

Use the journal indexes below to find articles on jazz topics.   The International Index to Music Periodicals has the broadest coverage, with many full-text articles.  JSTOR offers recent scholarly articles in many subject areas.  RILM Abstracts contains only scholarly material, including dissertations and conference papers. 

Click here to see a list of all the jazz journals in the library catalog

WEBSITES FOR JAZZ

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