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Last updated: 2/09/07

What’s New:
Lobby Display:
JAZZ all that and more

Born in New Orleans, its been called Americas classical music. But its much more than music its an art form, an experience. Some would say that jazz should remain undefined. According to Louis Armstrong, If you gotta ask, youll never know. Check out this months lobby display and get to know a little more about the musical experience called jazz.

2006 Preservation Hall Jazz Band, International Music Network. @

Selected Bibliography
The University Library has books, movies, sheet music, recordings, microfilms, and journal articles on all aspects of jazz music. The following is just a sample:


ML 3508 .Y39 2005
Yanow, Scott. Jazz: a regional exploration. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005.

ML 3507 .J42 1997
Porter, Lewis. Jazz: a century of change/ readings and new essays. New York: Schirmer Books. 1997.

ML 3506 .G54 1997
Gioia, Ted. The history of jazz.New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

MT 239 .S66 1985
Spencer, Ray. The piano player's jazz handbook.Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1985.

PS 374 .N4 J56 2002
Jimoh, A. Yemisi. Spiritual, blues, and jazz people in African American fiction: living in paradox. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2002.

ML 394 .S85 2005
Stokes, W. Royal. Growing up with jazz: twenty-four musicians talk about their lives and careers. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.


Search for journal articles on all aspects of jazz music in Reference Databases. Suggested databases: JSTOR, Academic Search Premier, Project MUSE, Music Index Online, Historical Abstracts, and America: History and Life (ABC-CLIO).


The Media Resource Center on the librarys second floor has films that focus on jazz the music and the musicians or just use jazz music to create a mood. Heres a sample of what's available; search in the HELIN catalog for more.

All that jazz. Dir. Bob Fosse. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2003.
DVD 001414

The jazz singer. Dir. Alan Crosland. Warner Bros, 1927.
VHS 003531

Marsalis on music. Dir. Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Sony Classical Film and Video, 1995.
VHS 002707

Lady day: the many faces of Billie Holiday. Dir. Matthew Seig. Tauris Film, Munich and Video Arts, Japan, 1991.
DVD 002165

Right here on campus:

The URI Music Department has concerts throughout the semester. The schedule includes the URI Jazz and World Music Festival on Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February, 10th.

Compiled by:
Kate Cheromcha and Jim Kinnie, Reference Librarians
Reference Unit, University Library

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