Jazz and Contemporary

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This guide is designed to help you find information about contemporary music, jazz, and related topics. It will give you an overview of periodicals and books that Sibley owns with jazz and/or contemporary music as their main focus. You might find this helpful in browsing the stacks or for finding a specific journal or book. Please consult Voyager for complete holdings information and ask the reference assistant for help if needed.

Suggested Call Numbers for Shelf Browsing

Below are general call number ranges. For specific call numbers, consult the Library of Congress Classification in the blue book at the Reference Desk, and/or Voyager.

M (Scores)  
M1366 Jazz Ensembles
M1470 – M1473 Chance Compositions and Electronic music
M1630.18 Popular Music (including fake books)
ML (Music Literature)  
ML1 Periodicals and serials published in the United States 
ML5 Periodicals and serials, foreign 1801 – 
ML156 Discographies
ML156.4.J3 Jazz Discographies
Music History and Criticism  
ML197 Music History and Criticism, 1900 – 
ML198 – ML239  America
ML240 – ML325 Europe
ML330 – ML345 Asia
ML350 – ML350.5 Africa
ML360 – ML360.5 Australia, Oceania, etc.
ML370  Others
ML390 General composers
ML394 – ML402 Performers
ML410 Individual composers
ML430 – ML455 Composition
ML3469 – ML3541 Popular music, including Jazz (ML3505-ML3509, ML3528)
ML3795 Musical life
ML3800 – ML3817 Philosophy and physics of music
ML3845 – ML3855 Aesthetics
MT (Music Theory)  
MT68 Improvisation


Selected Bibliography

All Music Guide (online)

Burns, Kristine H., ed. Women and music in America since 1900: An encyclopedia. Westport, CT:
          Greenwood, 2002. Ref. ML106.U5 W872 2002

Carner, Gary. Jazz Performers: An Annotated Bibliography of Biographical Materials. New York:
          Greenwood, 1990. Ref. ML128.B3 C28 1990

Chase, Robert. Memento mori: A guide to contemporary memorial music. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow,
          2007. Ref. ML128.F8 C487 2007

Chilton, John. Who’s Who of British Jazz, 2nd ed. London, New York: Continuum, 2004.
          Ref. ML102.J3 C538 2004

Contemporary Musicians (1989-). Ref. ML105.C761 v.1-

Cook, Richard. Richard Cook’s jazz encyclopedia. London: Penguin, 2005. Ref. ML102.J3 C771 2005

Crawford, Richard & Jeffrey Magee. Jazz Standards on Record, 1900-1942: A Core Repertory. Chicago:
          Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, 1992. Ref. ML156.4.J3 C89 1992

BHarold J. Music Analyses: An Annotated Guide to the Literature. New York: Schirmer Books, 1991.
          Ref. ML128.A7 D537 1991

Feather, Leonard & Ira Gitler. The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
          Ref. ML105.F288 B61 1999

Goodfellow, William D. Where’s That Tune?: An Index to Songs in Fakebooks. Metuchen: Scarecrow, 1990.
          Ref. ML128.P63 G65 1990

Gray, John. Fire Music: A Bibliography of the New Jazz, 1959-1990. New York: Greenwood, 1991.
          Ref. ML128.J3 G779 1991

Hoek, DJ. Analyses of Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Music, 1940-2000. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow
          Press and Music Library Association, 2007. Ref. ML128. A7 H693 2007

Homuth, Donald. Cello Music Since 1960: A Bibliography of Solo, Chamber & Orchestral Works for
          Solo Cellist. Berkeley: Fallen Leaf Press, 1994.Ref. ML128.V5 H76 1994

International Directory of Contemporary Music. Composers/Instrumentation. NY: CMIIS, 1991-
          Ref. ML118.I6 I5

Johnson, Jeffrey. Thesaurus of Abstract Musical Properties: A Theoretical and Compositional Resource.
          Westport: Greenwood, 1995. Ref. ML108.J67 T41 1995

Klugherz, Laura. A Bibliographical Guide to Spanish Music for the Violin and Viola, 1900-1997. Westport:
          Greenwood, 1998. Ref. ML128.V4 K66 1998

Larkin, Colin, ed. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed. NY: Muze, 2006. Ref. ML102.P66 G96 2006

Lawrence, Ian. The Twentieth-Century String Quartet: An Historical Introduction and Catalogue. Lanham, MD:
          Scarecrow, 2001. Ref. ML128.C4 L421 2001

Little, Karen R. and Julia Graepel. Grawemeyer award for music composition: the first twenty years.
          Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, Music Library Association, 2007. Ref. ML136.L888 G777 2007

Lord, Tom. The Jazz Discography. West Vancouver, B.C.: Lord Music Reference, 1992- .
          Ref. ML156.4.J3 L867 1992 v. 1-34

Meadows, Eddie S. Jazz Scholarship and Pedagogy: A Research and Information Guide, 3rd ed. New York:
          Routledge, 2006. Ref. ML128.J3 M482 2005

Morton, Brian, ed. The Blackwell Guide to Recorded Contemporary Music. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 1996.
          ML111.5.M889 B63 1996

_____ and Pamela Collins, eds. Contemporary composers. Chicago: St. James, 1992. Ref. ML390 .C761 1992

The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians, 2nd ed. NY: Grove’s Dictionaries, 2001.
          Ref. ML100.N48 2001 (also online)

The New Grove Dictionary of American Music (Charles Hiroshi Garrett, ed). NY: Oxford University Press, 2013.
          Ref. ML101 .U6 N532 2013 (also online)

The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (Barry Kernfeld, ed.). 2nd ed. NY: Grove’s Dictionaries, 2002.
          ML102.J3 N532 2002 (also online)

Nishimura Mari. The Twentieth-Century Composer Speaks: An Index of Interviews. Berkeley: Fallen Leaf Press,
          1993. Ref. ML118.N724 T9 1993

Perone, James E. Form and Analysis Theory: A Bibliography. Westport: Greenwood, 1998.
          Ref. ML128.T5 P453 1998

_____. Harmony Theory: A Bibliography. Westport: Greenwood, 1997. Ref. ML128.T5 P453 1997

Powell, Neil. The Language of Jazz. Manchester: Carcanet, 1997. Ref. ML102.J3 P885 1997

Routh, Francis. Contemporary British Music: The 25 Years from 1945 to 1970. London: Macdonald, 1972.
          Ref. ML286.5 R869C

Shepherd, John, et al, eds. Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. New York:
          Continuum, 2003-. Ref. ML102.P66 C762 2003

Sitsky, Larry, ed. Music of the 20th-Century Avant-Garde: A Biocritical Sourcebook. Westport:
          Greenwood, 2002. Ref. ML390.M987 S623 2002

Slonimsky, Nicolas. Music since 1900. 5th ed. New York: Schirmer, 1994. Ref. ML 197 .S634M 1994

Solow, Linda I., ed. The Boston Composers Project: A Bibliography of Contemporary Music. Cambridge:
          MIT Press, 1983. Ref. ML125 .B747 1983

Ulmer, Marissa L. Bibliography of Twentieth- and Twenty-first Century works for voice, horn, and piano.
          Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 2007. Ref. ML128.S3 U43 2007

Vail, Ken. Jazz Milestones: A Pictorial Chronicle of Jazz 1900-1990. Cambridge: Vail, 1993.
          Ref. ML3506 .J415 1993

Wachsmuth, Karen. A bibliography of twentieth-century Hungarian choral music. Lawton, OK: American
          Choral Directors Association, 2002. Ref. ML128.C48 W114 B58, 2002

Wick, Robert L. Electronic and Computer Music: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport: Greenwood, 1997.
          Ref. ML128.E4 W636 1997


Selected Contemporary Music and Jazz Periodicals at Sibley


Current Musicology ML1 .C976 or online
Indiana Theory Review ML1 .I39T
Intégral: The Journal of Applied Music Thought ML1 .I605 or online
Journal of Music Theory ML1 .J86MT or online
Journal of Musicological Research ML5 .M9716 or online
Journal of Musicology ML1 J863 or online
Journal of New Music Research ML5 .I597 or online
Journal of the American Musicological Society ML1 .J86AM or online
Music Analysis ML1 .M9863 or online
Music and Letters ML5 .M98L or online
Music Theory Spectrum ML1.M987 T3 or online
Musical Quarterly ML1 .M98Q or online
Musical Times ML5 .M98t or online
NZ, Neue Zeitschrift für Musik ML5 .N4819
NOTES ML27.U5 M8 L or online
repercussions ML1 .R425
Tempo ML5 .T288 or online
21st Century Music ML197 .T971 or online


Specific Areas

Bass Player online
Cadence ML1 .C12
Circuit: Musiques Contemporaines ML5 .C57 or online
Computer Music Journal ML1 .C7383 or online
Crescendo and Jazz Music ML5 .C919I
Critical Studies in Improvisation online
Current Research in Jazz online
Dissonanz ML5 .D614
Down Beat ML1 .D748
Electronic Musician ML1380 .E38 or online
Ethnomusicology ML1 .E84 or online
Guitar Player ML1 .G968P or online
International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music ML5.I6 R4 or online
Jazz Education Journal ML1 .N277JE
Jazz Inside ML3505.8 .J42 or online
Jazz Journal ML5 .J42J
Jazz Magazine ML5 .J42 M1
Jazz Perspectives ML3505.8 .J423 or online
JazzTimes ML1.J425 T5 
Jazzforschung ML5 .J428R
Journal of Jazz Studies ML1 .J86J or online
Keyboard ML1 .C7597 or online
Modern Drummer ML1 .M683
Musicworks ML5 .M9858
Perspectives of New Music ML1 .P467 or online
Popular Music ML3469 .P831 or online

Current issues of periodicals are found alphabetically in the current periodicals room (third floor). 


Compiled by Jim Farrington, 11/03; rev. 4/04, 12/05, 5/06, 12/07, 1/14