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Resource Guide:
Jazz History

Sample Call Numbers

Topic Call Number
Popular music ML3469-3541
Folk, national, and ethnic music ML3544-3776
Biography ML385-429
History and criticism ML159-3785
By period ML162-197
By region or country ML198-360.6

Sample Subject Headings

Start by searching the catalog by keyword. Use whatever terms you think best describe your topic. When you find a record that matches what you are looking for, view the record and see what subject headings were used. Then search again using that term as a subject search.

  • Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971–Performances
  • Basie, Count, 1904-1984–Chronology
  • Beiderbecke, Bix, 1903-1931
  • Big Band Music
  • Brubeck, Dave–Interviews
  • Cool Jazz
  • Davis, Miles. Kind of blue
  • Dixieland Music
  • Fitzgerald, Ella
  • Fountain, Pete–Performances
  • Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986–Discography
  • Holiday, Billie, 1915-1959–Political and Social Views
  • Jazz–Analysis, appreciation
  • Jazz–Bio-bibliography
  • Jazz–Dictionaries
  • Jazz–History and Criticism
  • Jazz–Instruction and Study
  • Jazz in Literature
  • Jazz–Louisiana–New Orleans–Pictorial works
  • Jazz–Missouri–Kansas City–History and criticism
  • Jazz Musicians–Biography
  • Jazz–Tennessee–Memphis–1921-1930
  • Jazz Vocals
  • Joplin, Scott, 1868-1917–Bibliography
  • Morton, Jelly Roll, d. 1941
  • Music
  • Music – Periodicals
  • Music History and Criticism
  • Parker, Charlie, 1920-1955–Poetry
  • Oliver, King, 1885-1938
  • Ory, Kid, 1886-1973
  • Reinhardt, Django, 1910-1953
  • Swing (Music)
  • Miller, Glenn, 1904-1944

Sample Materials at Von Canon Library

Title Call Number
The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians REF ML 100 .N48 2001
Harvard Dictionary of Music REMOTE ML 100 .A64
Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music REMOTE ML 100 .S367
The Ellington century ML 3506 .S287 2012<
Pioneers of jazz the story of the Creole Band eBook
Cultural codes : makings of a Black music philosophy ML 3479 .B364 2010
Gypsy jazz in search of Django Reinhardt and the soul of gypsy swing eBook
Growing up with jazz twenty-four musicians talk about their lives and careers eBook
Highway 61 revisited the tangled roots of American jazz, blues, & country music eBook
Jazz makers vanguards of sound eBook
Groovin’ high the life of Dizzy Gillespie eBook
Visions of jazz the first century eBook
It’s about time: the Dave Brubeck story ML 410 .B868 H35 1996
Madame Jazz: Contemporary women instrumentalists eBook
Jazz: The Rough guide ML 102 .J3 C325 1995
Talking jazz: an Oral history ML 394 .S537 1995
Swing changes : big-band jazz in New Deal America ML 3518 .S8 1994
All that jazz! ML 3506 .W54 1994
Ella Fitzgerald : a biography of the first lady of jazz ML 420 .F52 N5 1994
Jazz : the American theme song ML 3508 .C62 1993
Chicago jazz : a cultural history, 1904-1930 ML 3508.8 .C5 K46 1993
The jazz exiles : American musicians abroad ML 3506 .M66 1993
Swing, swing, swing : the life & times of Benny Goodman ML 422 .G65 1992
The jazz scene : an informal history from New Orleans to 1990 ML 3506 .S87 1991
Mister Jelly Roll; the fortunes of Jelly Roll Morton, New Orleans Creole and inventor of jazz ML 410 .M82 L6
America’s musical life: a history ML 200 .C856 2000

Research Databases

Relevant Journals and Magazines

  • JMM: The Journal of Music and Meaning
  • Jazz Journals
  • American Music
  • American Music Research Center Journal
  • Musical Traditions
  • Journal of Jazz Studies
  • Current Research in Jazz
  • Jazz Research Journal
  • Jazz Perspectives

These are just examples. To find more, or to look for a specific journal or periodical, search our Journals.

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