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General Historical Surveys of Big Band Music Including Pictorial Histories

MUSIC REF ML 3518 .S55 1981
The Big Bands. 1981.

ML 3561 .J3 W28
The Wonderful Era of the Great Dance Bands. 1972, c1964.

ML 3506 .S36
The Swing Era: The Development of Jazz, 1930-1945. 1989

ML 3561 .J3 C428
Jazz: A History of the New York Scene. 1962.

MUSIC REF ML 3506 .D74
Black Beauty, White Heat: A Pictorial History of Classic Jazz. 1982.

ML 3561 .J3 S535 1971bx
Simon Says: The Sights and Sounds of the Swing Era, 1935-1955. 1971.

Biographical Dictionaries of Big Band Performers

ML 102 .B5 W34
The Big Band Almanac. 1978.

MUSIC REF ML 102 .J3 N48 2001
The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed. 2001.
Also available in Grove Music Online

MUSIC REF ML 102 .P66 K55
The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz 1900-1950. 1974.

MUSIC REF ML 102 .P66 G84 1998
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. 1998.

MUSIC REF ML 394 .B76 M4
BMI: Meet the Artist. 1957.

Biographies and Autobiographies of Big Band Musicians

ML 422 .M44 S57
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. 1974.

ML 410 .E44 H37 1993
Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington. 1993.

ML 419 .H45 C53 1995
Woody Herman: Chronicles of the Herds. 1995.

ML 410 .S498 A3 1963x
[Artie Shaw:] The Trouble with Cinderella: An Outline of Identity. 1963, c1952.

ML 419 .K58 A3 1989
[Andy Kirk:] Twenty Years On Wheels. 1989.

ML 419 .R52 T7 1991
[Buddy Rich:] Traps, the Drum Wonder. 1991.

ML 419 .B297 D8 1993
Bunny Berigan: Elusive Legend of Jazz. 1993.

ML 3518 .H28 1989
Dialogues in Swing: Intimate Conversations with the Stars of the Big Band Era. 1989.

Finding Books

In the BGSU Libraries Catalog, use the following subject searches:

Big Band Music
Dance Orchestras
Jazz Ensembles
Jazz Vocals


Finding Magazine Articles: Print and Online Periodical Indexes

Reader's Guide Full Text. 1983-present.
    1900-1985. (Located in first-floor
reference index area)

Academic Search Complete. 1984-present.
    Suggested Subject Terms: Jazz Music; Bands (Music)

New York Times Historical. 1851-2004.
    Indexing for more recent issues of the New York Times is available via various databases, including
Newspaper Source.
   Suggested Subject Terms: Music

The Music Index. 1978-present. Print copies are located in the Music Library and date from 1949-present.
   Suggested Subject Terms: Big Bands; Dance Orchestras;
Swing; Jazz Bands; Individual musician names

Jazz Index. 1977-1982. Located in the Music Library.
   Suggested Subject Terms: Big Band;
Individual musician names


Suggested Periodicals in the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives

Down Beat - 1937, 1939-1968 [microfilm], 1968 to present [Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives]

Jazz Journal International - 1978 to present

Metronome - 1957-1961 [incomplete]

IAJRC Journal - 1991 to present

Micrography - 1980-1985

Record Changer - 1946-1953 [incomplete]


Finding Information About Recordings: Guides and Discographies

MUSIC REF  ML 156.4 .P6 W485 1986
Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories, 1890-1954: The History of Popular Music. 1986.

MUSIC REF ML 156.4 .P6 W495 1994
Pop Hits 1940-1954. 1994.

MUSIC REF ML 156.4 .J3 L6 1992
The Jazz Discography. 1992- .

MUSIC REF ML 156.4 .J3 087
The Official Music Master Jazz Catalogue. 1990.


Finding Recordings

To see if the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives owns a LP or CD, search the BGSU Libraries catalog. Look under the following:

Name of performer [author search]
Album title
Song title

Note: Many recordings have excellent historical and biographical notes.


World Wide Web Sites

Note: Most are "unofficial" sites, created by fans

The University of North Texas's Jazz Research Portal
The Bob Crosby Orchestra
Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians
North Dakota State University Lawrence Welk Collection Home Page
Big Bands Database Plus
Wolverine Antique Music Society (W.A.M.S.)

Finding Other Resources

Internet Discussion Groups - 78-L - Community Big-Band (Jazz Vermont)


UseNet Newsgroups - Big Band Music Newsgroup - Jazz Music Newsgroup



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