About 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.
Help with Your Research
You can email the author of this guide for help with your research topic or in using the UCLA Libraries. You can also come to the Music Library and ask for help at the desk. At the top of this guide you can also click on Questions to use general email, chat, and phone reference.
Current issues of journals are on the shelf in the Music Library reading room. Back issues are on the shelves upstairs under the call number.
Annual Review of Jazz Studies (1983 - present). ML 1.A56. Online in MPA (1996-)
Down Beat (1932 - present). ML 1.D75. Some issues are on microfilm only. Online in MPA (1996-)
Jazz Education Journal (1983 to 2007).ML 1.N213. Online in MPA (1998-2007).
Jazz Perspectives. (2007 - present). Online from Taylor & Francis .
Jazziz. (1990 to present). ML 3505.8.J427 Online from MPA (1998 - ).
Last 12 issues not available online.
Journal of Popular Music Studies. (1993-) ML 3469.J69. Online from Wiley Online Library.
Popular Music and Society. ML 1.P819. (1971- ) Online from Taylor and Francis (1997- )
You can view a complete list of magazines and journals about jazz at UCLA by searching the UCLA Library Catalog. Change the search type from Keyword to Subject and enter Jazz Periodicals in the search box. (There are 56.) You can do the same in Next Generation Melvyl by doing an Advanced Search.This will give a list of jazz magazines and journals within at all UC libraries.
Key Books, Bibliographies, and Reference Sources
Grove Music Online.
Incorporates and Updates: The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.
Online and at Ref ML 102 .J3N48 2002
This is a good place to start. The articles on jazz and jazz musicians provide bibliographies: lists of the most significant books and articles on the topic.
Online and at Ref ML385 .C668.
A large multi-volume set providing brief biographical information, album and song lists, and bibliographies (and a photo!) for thousands of popular musicians and bands. Some you will not find any where else. The last volume indexes the whole set.
Jazz Research and Pedagogy: A Research and Information Guide. (3rd Ed.)
Ref ML 128.J3M34 2005
The Cambridge Companion to Jazz.
ML 3506.C29 2002
All Music Guide to Jazz.
ML 156.4 .J3A45 2002
The Rough Guide to Jazz.
ML 3506 .C37 2004
Jazz: The First Century.
ML 3506 .J47 2000
Introduction to Jazz History (6th Ed.)
ML 3506 .M43 2004
A New History of Jazz. (Rev. Ed.)
ML 3506 .S47 2007
Jazz: An Introduction to the Legends and History Behind America's Music
Powell Library ML 3508 .B58 2007