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Resources for Jazz Studies

Please keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive; it is intended to be a helpful starting point for your research, particularly highlighting resources which are available via the libraries of Texas State University.


When browsing the Music Library’s stacks for jazz-related music scores ("sheet music"), see these areas:

  •  M 1366 (jazz ensemble music / fake books)  
  •  M 1630.18 (jazz / standards songbooks and fake books)

You can also search for scores in the library's online catalog. Hint: in drop-down menu after the search bar, select "Music Scores."


Jazz Music Library (Alexander Street Press)
online streaming-audio database

You can also search for online recordings AND our extensive collection of CDs and vinyl in the library's online catalog. Hint: in drop-down menu after the search bar, select "Music Recordings."

Reference Sources for Jazz Studies

The American Dance Band Discography 1917-1942 (1975: Arlington House)
ML 156.4 .P6 R87 v.1-2 (Music Library Reference)

Historical Dictionary of Jazz (2012: Scarecrow)
ML 102 .J3 D38 2012 (Music Library Reference)
also available online

The Jazz Discography (Lord Music Reference)
online database

Jazz performers : An Annotated Bibliography of Biographical Materials (1990: Greenwood Press)
ML 128 .B3 C37 1990 (Alkek, 6th floor)

The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire (2012: Oxford U)
available online

Jazz Scholarship and Pedagogy: A Research and Information Guide, 3rd, ed. (2005: Routledge)
ML 128 .J3 M34 2005 (Music Library Reference)

The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2002: Grove)
ML 102 .J3 N48 2002 v.1-3 (Music Library Reference)
also available as articles searchable in Oxford Music Online

The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, 9th ed. (2008: Penguin)
ML 156.4 .J3 C66 2008 (Music Reference)

The Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz (2004: MUZE UK)
ML 102 .J3 V57 2004 (Music Reference)

Women Jazz Singers of the Big Band Era (1930-1945) : An Annotated Bibliography and Research Guide (2012: Texas State University)
available online