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MUSIC 180: Defining Jazz Music

Audio resources

Physical recordings:


The Vassar College Music Library has over 30,000 audio recordings and hundreds of visual recordings, which may be searched through the Vassar Catalogs.

Jazz recordings are issued in several ways including original recordings and reissues, compilations around a performer or band, and retrospectives. They way a recording has been issued may be important to think about as you consider the best way to search.


REF E6-763 Benny Goodman (a later Time/Life compilation) 

REF CD R5445 Billie Holiday (CD audio recordings issued from the Ken Burns Jazz documentary)

REF CD R3493, CIRC CD649  Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (volume 1)

REF CD R3289, CIRC 563  Miles Davis Kind of Blue (a reissue on CD)

Streamed recordings:

The Boston Public Library (BPL) sound collection includes hundreds of thousands of audio recordings in a variety of historical formats, including wax cylinders, 78 rpms, and LPs. The recordings span many genres, including classical, pop, rock, jazz, and more.