Reference Materials

Graphic visualization of a rich piano roll score

Piano roll score

Our work in MIR techniques for jazz will use piano rolls, a common type of MIR visualization, to represent and analyze the musical events and structure in a jazz audio. Digital piano rolls show only specific exact pitches and the duration of each pitch, bracketing out other sound parameters such as loudness or timbre for the sake of analysis. This visualization shows a piano rolls for each instrument  in a typical jazz performance.

A Bibliography of Jazz and Poetry Criticism

This bibliography has been updated and expanded from its original publication in Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, 25.1 (Winter 2002): 338-346.

Books, Dissertations and Anthologies

Algarin, Miguel and Bob Holman, eds. Aloud: Voices From the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. New York: Henry Holt, 1994.

Anderson, T.J. III. Notes to Make the Sound Come Right: Four Innovators of Jazz Poetry. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2004.

Baraka, Amiri and Amina Baraka. The Music: Reflections on Jazz and Blues. New York: Morrow, 1987.

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)

Jazz and Film: A Bibliography

Altman, Rick. The American Film Musical. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1989.

Attali, Jacques. Noise: The Political Economy of Music, trans. Brian Massumi. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1985.

Baldwin, James. The Devil Finds Work. New York: Dial, 1976

Berg, Charles Merrell. "Cinema Sings the Blues." Cinema Journal 17.2 (1978): 1-12.

------.[as Chuck Berg] "Jazz and Film and Television." The Oxford Companion to Jazz, ed. Bill Kirchner. New York: Oxford UP, 2000. 706-721.

Central Avenue Bop Bibliography


Central Avenue Bop Bibliography

A resource for “Central Avenue Bop,” by Maxine Gordon

Bryant, Clora, Buddy Collette, William Green, Steven Isoardi, Jack Kelson, Horace Tapscott, Gerald Wilson, and Marl Young, ed. 1998. Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Callender, Red & Elaine Cohen. 1985. Unfinished Dream: The Musical World of Red Callender. London: Quartet Books.

Collette, Buddy & Steven Isoardi. 2000. Jazz Generations: A Life in American Music and Society. London: Continuum.

Brazilian Popular Music Bibliography


Brazilian Popular Music History and Performance Practice
Professor Cliff Korman


Appleby, David P. The Music of Brazil (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press,1983)

Cancado, Tania Mara Lopes. An Investigation of West African and Haitian Rhythms on the Development of Syncopation in Cuban Habanera, Brazilian Tango/Choro, and American Ragtime, 1791-1900 (unpublished doctoral thesis, Shenandoah University, 1999)

Selected Bibliography on Jazz in Italian


Sara Villa, an Italian native whose work deals with jazz and literature, has provided JSO with this reference guide of writings and sources on jazz written Italian. The balance of these materials are on jazz in and of Italy. This bibliography was officially revised and approved by Francesco Martinelli, Head of the Centro Nazionale Studi Sul Jazz Arrigo Polillo in Siena, Italy, where most of these materials may be found.

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