Jazz Resources in the Library: Fake Books & Artists' Transcriptions

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

Artists' Transcriptions

The Music Library also owns many collections of music transcribed as recorded by the artist. Some of them include biographical and discographical information on the artist

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To find jazz music scores, use KEYWORD search in the catalog

  • Note the Auto-Suggest feature as you type
  • Refine your search with limiters on the left side of the screen

Ex. KEYWORD: Coltrane transcriptions    
       FORMAT: Printed Music

Ex. KEYWORD: jazz fake books
       FORMAT: Printed Music

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

When you find a score 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.

Fake Books

The Music Library owns hundreds of fake books for jazz and other kinds of music. These books contain a "shorthand" for working musicians of the lead sheet with chord changes and lyrics.

Jazz Fake Books

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