Wednesday, May 6, 2009

All That Jazz

Hey, hep cats!
I'm staying cool today in the library, grooving to another great library database. Did you know your Reinhardt College library has access to the Jazz Music Library from Alexander Street Press? They're the same cats that brought us the Contemporary World Music and American Song databases, among others. The Jazz Music Library was recently updated to include 1,955 albums and 18,922 tracks, and it's still growing. Alexander Street claims the jazz Music Library is going to be the largest and most comprehensive collection of jazz available online, with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres. You can browse by song title, artist, album or genre, and listen to jazz right on your computer. (I could get a cappuchino from Quiktrip and pretend the archive room is a trendy little coffeehouse).
I started out by listening to Ella Fitzgerald, one of my favorites. I found 83 of Ella's tracks on the database, which could keep me happy for quite a while! After that, I'm going to be adventures and seek out new artists. You can find the greats on here: Coltrane, Monk, Davis, Rosemary Clooney, and others; ranging from classic performers of the past to artists currently performing and recording today. You can build your own playlist. The album liner notes are even available in pdf format.
Whether you're a serious student of jazz (hi, Reggie) or a relative novice, I suggest you give this database a listen.

(I'll leave you with this fun sample I just found. See if you can name this tune. Stay cool)!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey guys,
Thank you so much for adding this database. This new database is amazing. What a treat! Not only does this database provide me with some of the best music around, but it also gives me access to learn more about the muscic, musicians, and time periods of Jazz. As an admirer, I was able to locate many of my favorite artists and songs by track, artist, and album. I really enjoy the fact that you can actually read the liner notes from my favorite albulms! How neat. What more could one ask for! Thanks alot! Amy, Michael, Karen, Joel, Stephanie and everyone else. You guys are great! You guys REALLY make it fun and exciting to come to the library! Keep up the great work!