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Jazz: Getting Started

Guide to finding sources on jazz styles, theory, arranging, textbooks, and discographies

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Finding Books and Recordings

photo credit:  "The Jazz Shelf" by Andrei Zmieski, Creative Commons license


Call Numbers

ML 3506-3509: Jazz
ML 3518: Big Band
ML 3521: Blues

Subject Headings

Jazz music
Jazz music--history and criticism
Jazz musicians
Individual musician names


Name of performer [author search]
Album title [title search]
Song title [title or keyword search]

NOTE: Many albums have excellent historical and biographical notes, and lyrics are frequently included on jackets or inner liners.

Basic Resources/Starting Places

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This guide was created by Morgan Rich, former Music Library Student and Circulation Supervisor.