Music: Jazz History

Selected resources for students of music

School of Music Referencing

Training materials

Exploring western music

Finding Academic Sources

You can search beyond the Library 'Search' using the powerful search interface on library databases.
For an extensive list of databases for finding Jazz history sources try the music library guide.

The library has guides to help evaluate scholarly sources. For example: Is this a scholarly source?
There are further guides here: Research and Learning Online

Call numbers for Jazz

Call numbers for jazz history to assist browsing

780.92                                  Biographies include Jazz musicians
781.65                                  General Jazz histories
781.6509                              Jazz history and criticism
781.65094                            Jazz by country
781.650973 - 781.6509794     Jazz in USA
781.650994 -                         Australian Jazz
781.65117                            Multiple Jazz topics
785.42                                 Jazz groups/ensembles (another sequence of books from general history to particular topics)
S781.65        Fake books
S781.65136        Jazz instruction and study
S786.2165193  Piano jazz methods (Oscar Peterson, Steve Sedergreen, Fats Waller etc.)

In addition to the general introductions below Matthew Butterfield's article "Jazz" from Oxford Bibliographies gives a good overview of reference works, books, discographies and journals.

General Introductions

Australian Jazz Museum

The Australian Jazz Museum, incorporating the Victorian Jazz Archive, is located in Wantirna 
Open Tuesday and Friday, from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.

  • Australian jazz recordings, sheet music, charts, and band arrangements
  • oral histories of and by Australian jazz greats
  • archive of the annual Australian Jazz Convention 1946- 
  • significant overseas jazz recordings and materials
  • library of books, magazines, periodicals about Australian and International Jazz

Books by period

Jazz Journals in Special Collections