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Music: Jazz History

Selected resources for students of music

Naxos Video Library

Naxos Video Library
Over 150 films from a 1946 Dizzy Gillespie album to a 2006 Latin Jazz concert with Paquito D'Rivera and Chano Dominguez in Madrid.
You can access them here:  Jazz

ATS2333 Jazz History library guide
A selection of sources for the study of ATS2333 Jazz History which are all available Online.

Jazz History

School of Music Referencing

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


Find these journal articles on Library Search:
Givan, Benjamin. 2014. 'Gunther Schuller and the Challenge of Sonny Rollins: Stylistic Context, Intentionality, and Jazz Analysis'Journal of the American Musicological Society, 67(1): 167-237.
Larson, Steve. 1998. 'Schenkerian Analysis of Modern Jazz: Questions About Method', Music Theory Spectrum, 20(2):209-241
Sawyer, Keith. 1992. 'Improvisational creativity: An analysis of jazz performance', Creativity Research Journal, 5(3):253-263.

Jazz Journals in Special Collections

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 on this page, search for Matthew Butterfield's article "Jazz" in Oxford Bibliographies. The article 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