Jazz Research

How to research jazz music and musicians.

Purpose of This Guide

This guide helps you to do research on jazz, both the people and the music.

The pages of this guide help you to find articles and journals, books (both print and online), and recordings (CDs, LPs, and online). The Sources and Special Materials tab helps you find rare and special collections materials.

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General Information

Use the suggestions below to help guide you in your UCLA Library searches and in looking through the stacks. 

LC Call Numbers for Browsing Scholarship on Jazz 

Call Number Subject
ML 3506 Jazz--History and criticism
ML 3508 Bop (Music)--History and criticism
Cool jazz-History and criticism 
Free jazz-United States--History and criticism
Jazz--Social Aspects--United States
ML 3518 Swing (music)--History

LC Subject Headings for Browsing Scholarship on Jazz 

The following is a non-exhaustive list of LC subject headings that you can use to guide your research in Jazz. For a complete list of LC subject headings, please proceed to the LC Subject Headings database.

Jazz--History and critcism
Jazz--Japan--History and criticism 
Jazz in literature
Jazz musicians--biography

Kenny Burrell

This photo is part of the Mark Weber Jazz Collection. To view it and more items in the collection, please visit UCLA Library Digital Collections

Kenny Burrell  is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology. His archival collection is housed at the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA

Music Collections Librarian

David Gilbert
UCLA Music Library

Contact me at the Reference Desk: 825-4882.
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Music Inquiry & Research Librarian

Joy Doan
UCLA Music Library

1102 Schoenberg Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90095-9006

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