Welcome to the UNC Music Library! We hope you'll take advantage of this world-class collection for your course work, as study space and for your own musical pleasure. We have over 60,000 sound recordings you can check out as well as streaming audio and video of thousands more jazz titles. UNC also holds almost 170,000 books on all types of music.
This guide will help you find, use, and cite resources held by the UNC Music Library for MUSC145 Introduction to Jazz.
See the Music Library's homepage for additional research tools for music.
If you need any help accessing library materials, please contact Diane Steinhaus (see box below).
Choosing an artist: It is important to first select an artist who is respected within the field of jazz, and not to choose an artist who is only loosely associated with the art form. Prof. Anderson strongly recommends you look through the following resources to find a suitable choice. Library resources require your onyen and password for access:
See the artists listed in the People tab in Naxos Music Library: Jazz streaming audio database (*highly recommended*)
The New Yorker's 100 Essential Jazz Albums
List of jazz artists in the All Music Guide
List of performers in the Music Library’s Jazz Music Library streaming audio database
Crowd sourced listing of the 270 greatest jazz musicians
Required Text: Jazz: Essential Listening, Second Edition (2019) by Scott Deveaux and Gary Giddins (W.W. Norton & Company). You can find more about the textbook on the publisher's e-Media website for Jazz Essentials.
While the puublisher provides several useful audio tracks and effective tutorials and descriptions of the music on their site, Prof. Anderson will not draw the exam questions from them. Rather, the listening for exams will be done through online playlists on Spotify and YouTube that are on your course Sakai site.
The text is available as an Ebook or physical book format, in either of the following ways: 1) Purchase through our course Sakai Site from the campus bookstore; 2) Ebook and “Total Access” directly from the publisher–provides electronic access to the Ebook and Norton’s digital online tutorials (which are useful but optional for our class purposes). With this option, students retain access to the Ebook and other materials for one year, after which their access expires. The Ebook is purchased by visiting https://digital.wwnorton.com/jazz2ess directly and by clicking the yellow “Purchase Options” banner at the top right of the page. This is the least expensive option. However, please note that Norton cannot accept student financial aid.
Your onyen and password may be required for off-campus access to some of these resources.
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