Inductee Spotlight: Joe Gordon
His lyrical trumpet work infused many great jazz groups, among them Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Shelly Manne's Men, and Herb Pomeroy's Big Band.
Research Resources

This list includes sites dedicated to deceased musicians as well as significant discographies of performers and composers.

  • All Music Guide: this site covers a wide range of music. It is a handy site for finding recordings with specific artists, even if they are side players. Brief biographies are included.
  • University of Arizona Libraries Special Collections holds the book of the Artie Shaw Band and may have other treasures.
  • ASCAP ACE "Database contains information on all compositions in the ASCAP repertory which have appeared in any of ASCAP's domestic surveys, including foreign compositions licensed by ASCAP in the United States."
  • Louis Armstrong "If you have to ask..." well you can start here.
  • Da Capo Press. Originally a publisher of music books, especially jazz books, from other publishers that have gone out of print. Da Capo Press is now issuing original titles as well.
  • Fenway Libraries of Boston, including those of the New England Conservatory of Music.
  • Michael Fitzgerald Home Page holds a remarkable and wide ranging collection of information, including a guide to the contents of the late 1970s publication JAZZ, assembled and continually updated by this noted jazz researcher.
  • Gottleib, William P. - Photographs in the holdings of the U.S. Library of Congress. A fascinating and informative visual record of jazz taken by one of the music's foremost photographers.
  • Great Day In Harlem uses the famous Art Kane photograph to stimulate discussion and research in jazz.
  • Institute of Jazz Studies, at the Dana Library of Rutgers University, Newark Campus. A remarkable repository of jazz literture and, especially, recordings. I have found things there that knowledgeable collectors thought non-esixtent. At some point in the future the page will be located here.
  • Jazzed In Cleveland. Joe Mosbrook has been chronicling the jazz history of Cleveland, OH for several years now. As I have discovered in working on the Tadd Dameron book, Cleveland has played an important part in the development of jazz. Click on "Remote Control" to find the link to Joe's many articles.
  • Jazz House, the Web-site of the Jazz Journalists Assn., has many article and a discussion board."
  • Jazz Institute of Chicago is a jazz society and more. Consult the "Jazz Gram" page for oral histories and other reserach material.
  • Interview Menu from Mel Martin's Saxophone Pages, contains many very interesting and informative interviews.
  • Jazz Web is a research base maintained by volunteers connected with WNUR-FM at Northwestern University.
  • University of North Texas Music Library, whose special collections include manuscripts of band leaders Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton, and recordings from Willis Conover, jazz disc jockey on the Voice of America for over forty years.
  • MENC Periodicals On-Line. The MENC Periodicals Archives provide online access to recent past issues of Music Educators Journal, Teaching Music, Journal of Research in Music Education, General Music Today, Journal of Music Teacher Education, and UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education. The archives currently extend back through 1999. Visitors may search these archives at no charge. (Abstracts, when available, are also provided at no charge.) Viewing entire articles is available for a fee; MENC members can utilize this service at a 50% discount.
  • Mephisto is a photo archive service fromed in 1985 by Didier Ferry and Yves Carrre. I have not figured out how to view the photos listed in the archive yet, but with images dating back to 1956 they are well worth contacting.
  • Minuteman Library Network, a consortium of libraries in the Greater Boston Area. The Boston Public Library is a research entity unto itself.
  • Music Universe, Music Mind is a book about the Creative Music Studio, and the associated Web-site has not only excerpts from the book but links that will be of interest to those researching 'avant garde' jazz and improvisational music that goes beyond what is generally considered jazz. Although my music is generally more in the tradition, I studied at CMS and value the education I received there highly.
  • New Hampshire Library of Traditional Jazz is located at the University of New Hampshire and is dedicated to "preserve the history of and to foster the continuance and appreciation of tradional jazz music as and American art form." It holds over 30,000 recordings in almost all media, as well as books, periodicals, photographs adn memorabilia.
  • National Museum of American History Music Collections, at the Smithsonian Instution, holds the music and papers of Duke Ellington and other important jazz collections. Some of the finding aids are viewable on the Web, but there are more collections there, than those available at this site.
  • The National Recording Preservation Board is accepting nominations of sound recordings to be included in the National Recording Registry. Find out more about the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, "A bill to establish the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress to maintain and preserve sound recordings and collections of sound recordings that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant, and for other purposes" (Public Law 106-474; H.R.4846).
  • New York Public Library of the Performing Arts one of the major research libraries of the perfoming arts.
  • University of North Texas Music Library, one of the largest university music collections in the United States, contains over 250,000 volumes of books, periodicals, scores, dissertations, and reference works in all languages. In addition to the printed collection, there are over 250,000 recordings of all kinds, from Edison cylinders to compact discs and digital tape recordings.
  • PBS Music Sites lists and provides links to pages related to varoious PBS progams on music, including "Duke Ellington's Washington," "The Buena Vista Social Club" and Ken Burns' "Jazz." From these other information sites can be accessed.
  • Red Hot Jazz Archive, A History Of Jazz Before 1930, is a repository of information, biographies, MP3s of vintage recordings and links to other sites related to early jazz.
  • The 10,000 Year Calendar can be useful in research when the day of the week for a particular date may be of significance.