Early Jazz History and Criticism Bibliography


Pre-1940 Writings

*"About Books, More or Less: In the Matter of Jazz," The New York Times, February 18, 1922

*"About Ragtime," Ragtime Review. August 1916

Adorno, Theodore. "On Jazz" and "Farewell to Jazz" in Essays in Music. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002, pp. 470-495, 496-500

*Aldrich, Robert. "Drawing a Line for Jazz," New York Times, December 10, 1922 (Reprinted in Koenig 2002)

*Alford, Harry L. "The Make-Up of a Modern Orchestra," Metronome, July, 1923 (Reprinted in Koenig 2002)

*[American jazz in France] The Nation, June 11, 1924

*"American Jazz Is Not African." Metronome. October 1, 1926

*"America's Folk Music." The Outlook. February 2, 1927

*"An Afternoon of Jazz," The Musical Courier, February 14, 1924 (see Vincent Lopez)

*(Editorial Notes) "Another Word about Jazz," The Musical Observer. November. 1926 (Reprinted in Koenig 2002)

Ansermet, Ernest. "Sur un Orchestré Nègre," Revue Romande, October, 1919 (reprinted as "A ‘Serious" Musician Takes Jazz Seriously," translated by Walter Schaap, in Robert Walser, ed. Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History. NY: Oxford, 1999) and in Reading Jazz, Robert Gottlieb, ed., NY: Pantheon, 1996, pp. 741-746

*Antheil, George. "A Discussion of the Debate-‘Is Jazz Music?'-In the July and August Issues of The Forum," Forum. December 1928

*_____________. "Jazz," Life and Letters. July, 1928

_____________. "The Negro on the Spiral, or A Method of Negro Music" in Negro: An Anthology, Nancy Cunard and Hugh Ford, eds. NY: Frederick Ungar, 1970 [1934], p. 185

*"Anti-Ragtime," The New Republic, November 6, 1915

Apold, Felix. "Die Jazzmusik." Signale fuer die musikalische Welt, 87, pp. 428-430

"The Appeal of Primitive Jazz," Literary Digest 55, no. 8 (1917), pp. 28-29

*Austin, Cecil. "Jazz," Music & Letters. July, 1925

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