Jazz Resources in the Library: Information About Jazz History, Artists & Composers

This guide describes many of the jazz resources available from the UNC Libraries and explains how to find them.

Books and E-Books About Jazz

Most books about jazz are shelved under: ML3506-3509

Most books about the blues are shelved under: ML3521


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Below is a sample of some of the many e-books and print books the library has on jazz. Search the library catalog to get the call number for the print version or to find more titles.


Books and E-Books about Artists and Composers

The library owns thousands of books and e-books about jazz and people related to jazz. You can search for a particular artist in the library catalog or browse the shelves. If you browse the shelves, look in the category below with which the person is most identified, then alphabetically by the person's last name.

ML410   Biographies of composers (eg. Duke Ellington)

ML417   Biographies of pianists (eg. Oscar Peterson)

ML419   Biograpies of people primarily known as performers (eg. John Coltrane, Miles Davis)

ML420   Biographies of singers (eg. Billie Holiday)

Books about multiple jazz artists, or books containing interviews with multiple jazz artists are shelved under:

ML385 and ML394-395

Oxford Music Online is also a good source for information about jazz artists and concepts related to jazz.

Artist Biographies

Artists' websites are important primary sources for biographical and other information.

Also, the resources on the Websites, Journals and Magazines page will contain biographical information about artists.

Search the online catalog


Advanced Search | New Books | Classic Catalog | Search TRLN | WorldCat

To find books about jazz or jazz artists, start by searching our catalog

  • Use KEYWORD search.
  • Refine your search with limiters on the left side of the screen

Ex. KEYWORD: Ornette Coleman
       FORMAT:    Audio

Ex. KEYWORD: Free jazz
       FORMAT:    Books

Pay attention to the item's location; there are several collections on campus that have music materials.

When you find a book or recording you are interested in, click on its Subject tab to find similar items.  If the item you want is checked out or we don't own it, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Last Updated: Mar 8, 2017 4:57 PM
  • URL: http://guides.lib.unc.edu/jazzresources
Subjects: Music