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Jazz Music History: Articles and Journals

Link to Jazz Research Guide


Suggested Databases to Find Articles on Jazz History and Criticisms


The following is a list of library databases (or collections of articles, music, images, and other resources that West Valley Library subscribes to, and that students may access for free) that students studying Jazz History may find most helpful. Have you student ID ready if you are logging in from off-campus.

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)
Scholarly journal, magazine & newspaper articles.

Grove Music Online (Oxford) 
Music encyclopedia, with coverage of music, musicians, music-making, and music scholarship.

U.S. History in Context (Gale)
Primary sources, reference sources, multimedia, and newspaper articles on U.S. events, decades, conflicts, wars, political and cultural movements, and people.

Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCO) 
Full-text major newspaper articles.

New York Times 
World-class journalism to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information.

You may also browse this full list of library databases offered by West Valley Library.


  The following  is a list of online journals and magazines available in the library that cover jazz.  Have you student ID ready if you are logging in from off-campus.


IAJRC Journal  (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors)

Contains research and reviews of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors.

Double Bassist

Presents profiles of leading jazz, classical and contemporary performers, tutorials on classical and jazz bass technique, and articles on bass greats of yesteryear.

Musical Quarterly

Articles on a wide range of contemporary subjects including world music, jazz, popular music, commercial music, music in society, musical aesthetics, music and the other arts, American music past and present, local reports and book reviews.