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Name (Link)

Description

Louis Armstrong's Home and Archive  (Queens, USA)     

Louis own collection, documents and property, in his former home in Queens, New York. Open for research and visitors. 

ACE  (USA)     

The big ASCAP song data base. You'll find performances of songs and current copyright holders.

Blues World Archive

Interview Eugene Powell; Blues Estafette Photos; Big Guitar Red's Blues Stories; Lil' Alfred: Front And Center (not a real archive, but interesting writings on blues, and some dealers' links)

British Library National Sound Archive - Jazz

British archive of jazz: recordings, radio broadcasts, oral history (interviews), printed documents

Canada:  National Library of Canada - Recorded Sound and Video Collection

 

Chicago Jazz Archive (University of Chicago)

 

Jazzinstitut Darmstadt (G)

Biggest collection of jazz documents in Europe. Many features.

Delta Blues Museum

Museum on the delta blues in Clarksdale, Miss. Exhibitions, Blues Alley, Photo Gallery.

Network Mediatheken (G)

German Network "Mediatheken". German archives and libraries network, not specific on jazz. English version.

Document Records (UK)

Scotland's foremost CD and book shop, specialised in jazz and blues. Great links to U.S.archives (census records etc.)

Dutch Jazz Archive (NL)

Nederlands Jazz Archief. Jazz in the Netherlands. In Dutch.

Gennett: The Starr - Gennett Foundation (USA)

Website of the Starr-Gennett Foundation which is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the rich musical heritage of the Gennett Record Company and its parent Starr Piano Company in Richmond, Indiana. Along with crafting some of the world’s finest pianos, which served as the primary medium for musical entertainment in America before the widespread use of the phonograph, the Starr-Gennett complex became a “music factory” that was later responsible for recording, pressing, and distributing groundbreaking Jazz records that first spread “America’s music” throughout the United States. To this day, Gennett records are regarded as essential to any proper history of Jazz music. An indispensable website for the serious collector about "The Cradle of Jazz"!

Jazz Development Trust (UK)

Includes a project on the unification of 7 jazz archives in the UK. Trust is independent and  charitable, set up by musician Johnny Dankworth. News and message board. Focus on British jazz.

Jazz World Society (PL)

Database on jazz business, musicians, producers, journalists. Offers marketing services. Run by Jan Byrczek.

University of Michigan Music Library  (Ann Arbor, USA)

 

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

Non-profit education program. Organization founded in 1986 by the Monk family.Competitions, National Jazz Curriculum, Jazz in the Classroom, Jazz Sports, Television Specials, College Program.

The Hogan Jazz Archive (New Orleans)

A must for the jazz buff!

National Public Radio (NPR) (USA)

Produces jazz radio program, distributed by many stations nationwide in the US.

Netherland's  Jazz Archive (NL)

Nederlands Jazz Archief. Jazz in the Netherlands. In Dutch.

Norsk Jazz Arkiv - The Nowegian Jazz Archives (Oslo)

Great stuff on the Internet! All about Jazz in Norway from the beginning to date.

National Library of Noway (Oslo)
Jazzbasen

Database Jazzbasen about Jazz in Norway. Artists, biographies, photographs, history etc. Really great! In Norwegian! Leider auf norwegisch! Umfaassende Datenbank über Jazz in Norwegen. 

Rabid Squirrel's Jazz Archive

Vast and comprehensive archive of song texts (lyrics). Very useful.

Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies

One of the leading jazz archives of the world, founded by the late Marshall Stearns in 1952, now led by Dan Morgenstern.

Starr Piano Company: The Starr - Gennett Foundation (USA)

Website of the Starr-Gennett Foundation which is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the rich musical heritage of the Gennett Record Company and its parent Starr Piano Company in Richmond, Indiana. Along with crafting some of the world’s finest pianos, which served as the primary medium for musical entertainment in America before the widespread use of the phonograph, the Starr-Gennett complex became a “music factory” that was later responsible for recording, pressing, and distributing groundbreaking Jazz records that first spread “America’s music” throughout the United States. To this day, Gennett records are regarded as essential to any proper history of Jazz music. An indispensable website for the serious collector about "The Cradle of Jazz"!

Discographies (No online-access to data. Only description and order information):

Title or Name (Link)

Description and Author

Bieldermann / Eurojazz  (NL)
(unforunately, this link is dead as of 2005)

The famous little booklets with discographical data for many of the European post-war jazz bands. Try a name and look, if it is there!
Die Bieldermann-Diskografien von europäischen Nachkriegs-Jazzbands, meist traditionellen Stils.

 

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