Located in the Music Library Reference Section, in MALIC, Jardine Hall room 313

The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz
  REF ML102.J3 N48 (and online through Oxford Music Online - see library subject guide)
The primary encyclopedia devoted to jazz, this 4 volume work is available electronically within Grove Music Online.  This is a good starting place for research in jazz.  Like other Grove produces, the bibliographies found at the ends of articles are particularly helpful.  The latest print edition is located in Ablah Library on the 2nd floor.

Who’s Who of Jazz
(Chilton)  REF ML106.U3 C5 1985
This provides biographical information about U.S. jazz artists born before 1920.  This is the 4th edition of this title.  The 1970 edition is found in Ablah Library, 2nd floor.

The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz  REF ML102.J3 F4 1999
Brief biographical information along with performance credits of both past and present jazz personalities are found here.  

The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz 1900-1950 (Kinkle)  REF ML102.P66 K55
In 4 volumes, this work provides biographical information and some other useful reference tools covering the first half of the twentieth century.  Volume 1 presents a listing of musicals, songs, and representative recordings, year-by-year.  Volumes 2 and 3 provide brief biographical entries with song credits where applicable and discographies.  The 4th volume presents awards information, numerical lists of records labels and an index.

The Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz (Larkin)  REF ML3506.V57 2004  
Provided here are biographical entries along with recommendations for listening.

The Encyclopedia of the Blues  REF ML102.B6 H39 1992
Mainly biographical entries, with an occasional term, this work is made extra handy by the inclusion of a bibliography, selective discography, listing of blues standards and a listing of artists by instrument.  This also contains a notable number of black and white photos.

Blues Who’s Who  REF ML102.B6 H3
From 1969, this is a biographical dictionary of those who play or have played the blues.  Though dated, many entries are not found in other resources.  Also find here song lists as well as black and white photos.

Folk and blues: the Encyclopedia  (Stambler) REF ML102.F66 S73 2001
This is a biographical dictionary with lengthy articles on musical personalities and bands,  listing of awards and a bibliography.

The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music  REF ML102.P66 G84 1995
In 6 volumes, this work is an extensive compilation of biographical articles on groups and artists in popular music (jazz musicians are also entered here).  The 6th volume contains a bibliography by artist and an index for locating individuals within groups.  The 3rd edition is located in the music library, while the 2nd edition lives in Ablah Library, 2nd floor, available for checking out.

Biographical Dictionary of Afro-American and African Musicians (Southern)  REF ML105.S67 1982
Look here for biographical information on Afro-American and African musicians in a wide variety of music occupations throughout history.  Contains brief but useful bibliographies.

ASCAP Biographical Dictionary  REF ML106.U3 A5
Though dated, the 4th edition provides brief biographical information for composers and lyricists who are not often listed elsewhere (especially noted for its coverage of lesser-known lyricists).  Previous editions are located in Ablah library, 2nd floor circulating collection.

American Women Songwriters (Grattan)  REF ML106.U3 G73 1993
This provides biographical information on women songwriters in various genres, but has chapters specific to jazz and blues.


Updated: June 06, 2012
Rachel Crane, Music/Fine Arts Librarian