Annotated Bibliographies by Topic (ML 120-128 and VARIOUS)


Jazz Music and Musicians

The Blackwell Guide to Recorded Jazz.
          See Discographies

Carner, Gary, compiler. Jazz Performers: An Annotated Bibliography of Biographical Materials.

Carver, Reginald, and Lenny Bernstein. Jazz Profiles: The Spirit of the Nineties.

Chilton, John. Who's Who of Jazz: Storyville to Swing Street.
           See Dictionaries and Encyclopedias—Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Claghorn, Charles E. Biographical Dictionary of Jazz.
           See Dictionaries and Encyclopedias—Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Cook, Richard and Brian Morton. The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, 4th ed.
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Enstice, Wayne, and Paul Rubin. Jazz Spoken Here: Conversations With Twenty-two Musicians.

Gayford, Martin. The Best of Jazz: The Essential CD Guide.
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Giller, Ira. Jazz Masters of the Forties.

Goldberg, Joe. Jazz Masters of the Fifties.

Horrocks, Raymond. Profiles in Jazz: From Sidney Bechet to John Coltrane.

Kennington, Donald, and Danny L. Read. The Literature of Jazz: A Critical Guide, 2d ed.

Kernfield, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.
           See Dictionaries and Encyclopedias—Specialized Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Kinkle, Roger D. The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz.
           See Dictionaries and Encyclopedias—Specialized Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Komara, Edward M., comp. The Dial Recordings of Charlie Parker: A Discography.
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Lyons, Leonard, and Don Perlo. Jazz Portraits: The Lives and Music of the Jazz Masters.

MacRae, Barry. The Jazz Handbook.
           See Dictionaries and Encyclopedias—Specialized Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Meadows, Eddie S. Jazz Research and Performance Materials: A Selected Annotated Bibliography, 2d ed.

Shapiro, Nat, and Nat Hentoff, ed. The Jazz Makers.

Swenson, John, ed. The Rolling Stone Jazz and Blues Album Guide.
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Carner, Gary, compiler. Jazz Performers: An Annotated Bibliography of Biographical Materials. With a foreword by John Chilton. Music Reference Collection, Number 26. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990. Mus Ref ML 128 .B3 C37

Use: A biographical dictionary to articles or books about jazz performers that describes specifics about performers lives and/or musical careers.

Coverage: Represents several hundred musicians from the early nineteen hundreds to date of publication.

Organization: Entries organized alphabetically by last name of musician. Birth and death dates included. Each musician has several bibliographical entries referring to articles and/or books in which more information about the musician can be found. Article/book entries listed under each musician are alphabetized by authors’ last name. Included is a supplementary biblioraphy, organized into five apendicies. A: Collective works, B: General works, C: Histories and texts, D: Illustrated books, E: Reference books. Each appendix is alphabetized by authors’ last name.

Pros: Includes a supplementary bibliography. Easy typographical layout.

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Carver, Reginald, and Lenny Bernstein. Jazz Profiles: The Spirit of the Nineties. With a foreword by Richard Bains. New York: Billboard Book, 1998. ML 394 .C37 1998 (Stacks NOT Music Reference)

Use: A book of transcribed interviews with modern jazz artists for finding out more about modern jazz performers’ lives careers and the music scene of today.

Coverage: Forty musicians from the 1980-90’s are interviewed. These musicians are the most prominent and have contributed the most in the modern jazz world.

Organization: Eight chapters by instrument (trumpet, sax/clarinet, trombone, guitar, piano/organ, bass, drums, vocals) in which forty musicians are interviewed. Alphabetical by artist within each chapter Select discography for each musician. General Subject/Name index.

Pros: Each interview is interesting and unique and fairly extensive to the individual.

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Enstice, Wayne, and Paul Rubin. Jazz Spoken Here: Conversations With Twenty-two Musicians. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1992. ML 395 .E57 (Stacks NOT Music Reference)

Use: A book of transcribed radio interviews now useful in finding out about specifics of jazz musicians’ lives and musical careers.

Coverage: Twenty-two musicians interview between 1978 and 1980: Mose Allison; Art Blakey; Ruby Braff; Anthony Braxton; Bob Brookmeyer; Dave Brubeck; Ray Brayant; Larry Coryell; Mercer Ellington; Bill Evans; Gil Evans; Tommy Flanagan; Dizzy Gillespie; Chico Hamillton; Lee Konitz; Charles Mingus; Joe Pass; Sony Stitt; Gabor Szabo; Clarke Terry; Henry Threadgill; Bill Watrous.

Organization: Interview listed alphabetically by musician. Each interview is preceeded by a short biography about the musician interviewed. Contains a select discography for each musician following their interview. Includes an index of musicians and tunes is included.

Cons: Only twenty-two musicians covered: Interviews are frank and personal.

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Giller, Ira. Jazz Masters of the Forties. Macmillan Jazz Masters Series. New York: Macmillan Co., 1966. ML 395 .G58 (Stacks NOT Music Reference)

Use: A tool for finding biographical information about prominent jazz figures from the forties. An oral history.

Coverage: Chapters feature the following musicians: Charlie Parker & the Alto and Bari sax players; Dizzy Gillespie and the trumpet players; Bud Powell and the Piano players; J.J. Johnson and the trombonists.; Oscar Pettiford and the Bass players; Kenny Klarke, Max Roach and the drummers; Dexter Gordon and the tenor sax players; Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz; Tadd Dameron and the Arrangers.

Organization: Nine chapters featuring the above musicians in the above order. Selected discography following each chapter. Bibliography and index of musicians on recordings.

Pros: Vast amounts of details available for each of the main musician featured.

Cons: Typographical layout is not quick to access. Only a select few musicians covered.

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Goldberg, Joe. Jazz Masters of the Fifties. Macmillan Jazz Masters Series. New York: Macmillan Co., 1965. ML 395 .G63 (Stacks NOT Music Reference)

Use: A tool for finding biographical information about prominent jazz figures from the fifties.

Coverage: Chapters feature the following musicians: Gerry Mulligan; Thelonious Monk; Art Blakey; Miles Davis; Sonny Rollins; The Modern Jazz Quartet; Charles Mingus; Paul Desmond: Ray Charles; Cecil Taylor; Ornette Coleman.

Organization: Twelve chapters in order as above. Each chapter covers one musician.

Pros: Vast amounts of details available for each of the main musician featured.

Cons: Typographical layout is not quick to access. Only a select few musicians covered.

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Horrocks, Raymond. Profiles in Jazz: From Sidney Bechet to John Coltrane. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1991. ML 394 .H67 1991 (Stacks NOT Music Reference)

Use: A book of articles and personal writings that give insight to a select few musicians for finding out more about a musicians life and/or career. An oral history.

Coverage: Covers musicians from the 30’s and 40’s to the 60’s and 70’s.

Organization: 36 chapters. Each chapter is a focus on a specific musician. Also includes a Photos pages section a Coda (epilogue) and a Discography.

Pros: Writings are of personal experience with the musicians by the author.

Cons: Typographical layout is more like a novel than an actual reference guide.

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Kennington, Donald, and Danny L. Read. The Literature of Jazz: A Critical Guide, 2d ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 1980. Mus Ref ML 128 .J3 K45 1980

Use: A critical survey of the literature of jazz through 1980. A guide to indicate the significant works to the jazz newcomer and to refresh the memory of the expert. Also to assist the librarian in selecting both the books and journals needed to achieve a balanced collection, and to indicate sources for the location of information on the subject.

Coverage: This second edition identifies and reflects upon noticeable trends in jazz publishing appearing during the years of 1971 through 1980. No foreign language material is listed unless it has been translated into English. Periodical articles are also not listed, but chapter 9 provides a list of jazz periodicals. More attention has been payed to bibliographies, sources of information, discographies, and indexing.

Organization: The first chapter is devoted to general background literature on black American culture, especially its African origins, slavery, minstrels, and ragtime, as well as the sociological aspects of jazz itself. In this edition an additional chapter now covers the literature devoted to the blues, reflecting the substantial increase in analytical writing on this subject. Jazz history is discussed in Chapter 3, and chapter 4 examines the substantial biographical literature. Chapter 5 covers analysis, theory, and criticism. Reference sources of all kinds are listed in chapter 6, including encyclopedias, bibliographies, discographies, and record guides. Chapter 7 deals with jazz education materials, and 8 looks at jazz and fiction literature. Chapter 9 contains a list of jazz periodicals. Each chapter (except chapter 4) is completed by a bibliography arranged in broad subject grouping and then in alphabetical order by authors in which, wherever possible, information is provided showing authors, title and subtitle, edition, place of publication, name of publisher and date.

Pros: Clearly organized. A useful guide.

Cons: Not current.

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Lyons, Leonard, and Don Perlo. Jazz Portraits: The Lives and Music of the Jazz Masters. New York: Morrow, 1989. ML 394 .L97 1989 (Stacks NOT Music Reference)

Use: A biographical reference guide to the lives and musical careers of over 150 musicians from Louis Armstrong to Joe Zawinul.

Coverage: Covers over 150 musicians. Mostly in-depth. Some entries are brief depending on that musician’s prominence. Covers from 1930 to 1989.

Organization: Musicians are listed alphabetically. Also contains an appendix that lists musician that were/are prominent in history by instrument then year. A glossary of jazz terms and a bibliography for further study is also included, followed by a subject/ name index.

Cons: Typography is not easy to interface. The musicians are listed alphabetically but no indication in the table of contents as to the musician’s page location is given. One must look in the index.

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Meadows, Eddie S. Jazz Research and Performance Materials: A Selected Annotated Bibliography, 2d ed. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc. 1995. Mus Ref ML 128 .J3 M33 1995

Use: Introduction (survey) to jazz history, festivals, clubs, criticism, appreciation, research materials and etc. Repertoire research, general study or a means of introduction to jazz.

Coverage: Sources History/surveys, discographies, theses and dissertations, festivals, clubs, technical materials, transcriptions, journals and research libraries with numerous divisions within subjects. General knowledge, or what should be considered general knowledge with references to sources of greater depth.

Organization: Subject oriented, with alphabetized sub-sections. Listings within sub-sections are alphabetized by name. Author/subject index included.

Pros: Detailed annotations give more than a survey at times, and often cite primary sources.

Cons: Limited to books (entries refer only to sources that are books or in book form).

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Shapiro, Nat, and Nat Hentoff, ed. The Jazz Makers. New York: Rinehart, 1957. ML 395 .J38x (Stacks NOT Music Reference)

Use: Biographical reference to 21 musicians for the gaining of insight into musicians lives.

Coverage: Covers 21 musicians between 1930 and 1950.

Organization: Each chapter is a focus on a musician. Random placement of musician order. No real organization. Index of musicians provided.

Pros: Information provided is from first-hand experiences.

Cons: Only a few musicians covered. Typographical layout is acceptable but no extremely easy. Out dated.

DA