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Subject Headings

Big band music
Big bands
Blues (music)
Bop (music)
Dance orchestras
Jazz (This heading may be divided by decade, e.g.: Jazz 1961-1970 ; Jazz 1941-1950, etc.)
Jazz ensembles
Jazz musicians
Jazz vocals
Ragtime music
Swing (Music)
Women jazz musicians

Call Numbers

M1361 General call no. for all jazz genres
ML102 Encyclopedias and dictionaries
ML128 Bibliographies
ML3561 Jazz literature (general)
ML3506 - ML3521 History and criticism of jazz

Selected SFCM Library resources

Balliett, Whitney. Collected works: a journal of jazz, 1954-2000. Journal of jazz, 1954-2000. 1st ed. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.  ML3506 .B33 2000x Conversations with jazz musicians. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Co., 1977.  ML395 .C766

Conversation with the blues. Compiled by Paul Oliver . Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.ML3521.O48 C7 1997.

Dicaire, David. Blues singers: biographies of 50 legendary artists of the early 20th century. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1999. ML400.D545 B6 1999

Feather, Leonard. The new edition of the encyclopedia of jazz. NY: Horizon Press, 1960. REF ML105 J3 F35 1960

Feather, Leonard and Ira Gitler. The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1999. REF ML102 J3 F35 1999

Gioia, Ted. The History of Jazz. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1997.  ML3506.G495 H6 1997

Gioia, Ted. West Coast jazz : modern jazz in California, 1945-1960 Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1998. ML3508.7.C15 G495 1998

Jasen, David A. Black bottom stomp: eight masters of ragtime and early jazz. New York : Routledge, 2002. ML395 .J37 2002

Kinkle, Roger D. The complete encyclopedia of popular music and jazz, 1900-1950. 4 vols. New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House, 1974.  ML102.P82 K5

Megill, Donald D. Introduction to jazz history. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2001. ML3506 .N43 2001

The new Grove dictionary of jazz. Edited by Barry Kernfeld. 2nd ed. 3 vols. New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc., 2002.  REFML102.J3 N5 2001

Schuller, Gunther. Early jazz: its roots and musical development.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1986. ML3561.J3 S38 1986

Schuller, Gunther. The swing era: the development of jazz, 1930-1945.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. ML3561.J3 S38 1989

Walser, Robert, ed. Keeping time: Readings in Jazz History. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1999. ML3507.K26 W2 1998


African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920
Brown University collection provides access to digital images of 1,305 pieces of sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920. Part of the Library of Congress American Memory Project.

All About Jazz

America's Jazz Heritage
America's Jazz Heritage is a ten-year initiative to research, preserve, and present the history of jazz through exhibitions, performances, recordings, radio, publications, and educational programs at the Smithsonian and across the nation. Includes audio clips, interviews, exhibit and performance schedules, and extensive bibliographies and links to related sites.

Contemporary list of Jazz links
Links to "almost every jazz place in the World Wide Web."
News and information about artists, festivals, albums, and more.

Hoagy Carmichael Collection
The Hoagy Carmichael collection is a multimedia web site which preserves every item in Indiana University's extensive collections pertaining to the life and career of master songwriter Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael (1899-1981.) The web site will ultimately present a complete catalog of the entire Carmichael Collection, access to selected digital objects, and supplemental research information, such as genealogy.

Jazz Greats Digital Exhibits
Digital exhibits from the collections of Rutgers University, Institute of Jazz Studies, world's foremost jazz archive and research facility.

Jazz Heritage Center - San Francisco
History of Jazz Music
Resource for early jazz history. Includes history of jazz from 16th century to modern age.

The Louis Armstrong House and Archives 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: Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz
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, D.C. Part of the Library of Congress National Digital Library Program.