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Chicago Jazz Archive
Regenstein Library, University of Chicago

Duke Ellington's Washington
Sections include: Noted Black Washingtonians ; Duke Ellington ; Virtual Tour of Shaw ; Interviews ; Transcript ; Resources "Uptown Interactive" ; DC History ; The Music Scene ; The Documentary ; Urban Renaissance
PBS Online

Ejazz
"O site do jazz e da música instrumental brasileira."

Jazz History @ Harlem.org
A Great Day in Harlem
"Explore jazz history through one photograph."
Uses the famous Art Kane 1958 photograph of 57 jazz artists in Harlem as the gateway to this historic jazz scene. In addition to the photo, you can also browse by instrument, timeline, or artist. The site also hosts a discussion forum.

Jazz Magazine

Jazz Online
"With original content and exclusive features that utilize interactive technologies, Jazz Onlineís mission has always been to increase the visibility of jazz music. By presenting the music in a manner that is accessible and entertaining, Jazz Online attracts a diverse audience, ranging from the dedicated jazz fan to the avid music enthusiast seeking to broaden their musical spectrum. Committed to expanding jazzís reach, Jazz Online is bringing you jazz at its best.
Sections include: Fresh Reviews ; Artists Q&A ; Jazz Messenger ; Jazz 101 ; Videos.

Jazz Research Portal - (dead link)
Sections include: Major Jazz Meta-Lists ; Early Jazz ; Big Band Era ; Bebop and Beyond ; Jazz Artists Sites ; Online Journals.
University of North Texas Music Library

Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns
An impressive multimedia presentation including biographies, histories, samples of Jazz styles and techniques and much more.
- PBS Online

Jazzeitung (German)
Archiv und Databanken zum Jazz

LOUISiana Digital Library Collections Online
"Louisiana's doorway to the unique cultural and historical resources of Louisiana's libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions

  • Louisiana State Museum Jazz Collection - (dead link)
    "...is composed of photographs, audio recordings and musical instruments from the collections of the Louisiana State Museum. Primarily dealing with traditional New Orleans jazz, the collections focus on photographs (including all of the Museum's images of Louis Armstrong) and audio recordings of musicians and bands that were primarily active in New Orleans, although many toured throughout the country and the world. The musical instruments span the makeup of a traditional New Orleans jazz band and include many examples from well-known musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Warren "Baby" Dodds, Bix Beiderbecke and others.

A Passion for Jazz!
Sections include: The Passion ; Jazz Styles ; Jazz Timeline ; Etymology ; Milestones ; A Great Day in Harlem ; Festivals ; Newsstand ; Public Domain ; Discussions ; Photo Gallery ; Jazz Improvisation ; MIDI Definition ; Music Instruction ; Teacher Locator ; Piano Chords & Scales ; Guitar Chords ; Jazz Glossary ; Basic Musicianship ; Other Sites.
By D C DowDell

The Red Hot Jazz Archive
A History of Jazz Before 1930
"...a place to study and enjoy the music of these early "Jazzmen". Due to recent advances in technology it is now possible to broadcast text, music, and pictures around the world via the Internet. This site is an experiment in using this new multimedia technology. We hope it will combine the best of books and audio recordings, into valuable and enjoyable tool for appreciating this music and the men and women who produced it."
By Scott Alexander

University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries - Special Collections

William Ransom Hogan Archive of New Orleans Jazz

Louis Armstrong

Armstrong Jazz Oral History Project Clips
27 digital clips from the Schomburg Center Video Oral History Gallery.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

Louis Armstrong Discography
"Celebrating a Century of Satch - 1901-2001"
"One of seven segments of Armstrong's career can be selected in the menu at the left. From there, you can view comprehensive lists of information: Recording date; Artist; Song title; Composers; Matrix # (the reference number used by the record company when accessing an acetate or tape for pressing records); Record label and release number of first issue; and CDs (or, in some cases vinyl LP) where the song can be found."
By Scott Johnson

Louis Armstrong House and Archives
Sections include: Biography ; The House ; Archives ; Programs ; FAQs ; Books ; Recordings ; Bulletin Board ; Online Exhibit
Queens College, SUNY

LOUISiana Digital Library Collections Online
"Louisiana's doorway to the unique cultural and historical resources of Louisiana's libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions

  • Louisiana State Museum Jazz Collection - (dead link)
    "...is composed of photographs, audio recordings and musical instruments from the collections of the Louisiana State Museum. Primarily dealing with traditional New Orleans jazz, the collections focus on photographs (including all of the Museum's images of Louis Armstrong) and audio recordings of musicians and bands that were primarily active in New Orleans, although many toured throughout the country and the world. The musical instruments span the makeup of a traditional New Orleans jazz band and include many examples from well-known musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Warren "Baby" Dodds, Bix Beiderbecke and others.


Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington
Official Site of Duke Ellington
Sections include: Greeting ; Biography ; Music ; Achievements ; Photos ; Library ; Orchestra.

Duke Ellington's Washington
Sections include: Noted Black Washingtonians ; Duke Ellington ; Virtual Tour of Shaw ; Interviews ; Transcript ; Resources "Uptown Interactive" ; DC History ; The Music Scene ; The Documentary ; Urban Renaissance
PBS Online


Billie Holiday

PBS - Independent Lens - Strange Fruit
Web companion to the TV broadcast of the independent film by Joel Katz.
"STRANGE FRUIT explores the history and legacy of a song unique in the annals of American music. Best-known from Billie Holiday's haunting 1939 rendition, the song 'Strange Fruit' is a harrowing portrayal of the lynching of a black man in the American South...The film tells a dramatic story of America's past by using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter."

Quincy Jones

American Masters - Quincy Jones
Sections include: Feature Essay (by Gerald Early) ; Filmmaker Interview ; Career Timeline ; Additional Footage.
PBS Online

Charles Mingus

Mingus
"This is the official site of the Mingus Web, devoted to the work of
jazz composer and bassist Charles Mingus. This site exists to maintain the historical record and archival materials of one of America's greatest twentieth composers, and to promote Mingus music as it is being played today."

Jelly Roll Morton

Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (1890-1941)
A nice multimedia presentation from The Red Hot Jazz Archive

Gerry Mulligan

I Hear American Singing
"This Web site invites visitors to experience the diversity of American performing arts through the Library of Congress's unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, maps, and other materials."
- Performing Arts Reading Room, Library of Congress

Buddy Rich

Buddy Rich : The Official Web Site
Sections include: News ; Biography ; Career Highlights ; Fast Facts ; Quotes ; Photos ; Music ; Tributes ; Links ; Buddy Stores.



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