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View Resource Swinging Through Time: The Graystone Museum and the Story of Detroit Jazz

The well known Internet Public Library has recently added this site to its Exhibit Hall. The Graystone Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan was "a luxurious '20s temple to nightlife and that new music sweeping America -- jazz." The Graystone was demolished in 1980, but this site helps bring it, and the Detroit jazz scene, alive. The site contains the Detroit Jazz reading room, with five essays about the...

http://www.ipl.org/div/detjazz/
View Resource The Red Hot Jazz Archive: A History of Jazz Before 1930

In the past, the Scout Report has devoted annotations to jazz history, including Dan Morgenstern's History of Jazz (discussed in the November 1, 1996 Scout Report) and Klub Kaycee (discussed in the August 30, 1996 Scout Report). These sites are text-based, with some multimedia. The Red Hot Jazz Archive, provided by Scott Alexander, contains not only hyperlinked biographies, discographies and...

http://www.redhotjazz.com/
View Resource A Jazz Improvisation Primer

Written by a jazz pianist and teacher, this online e-text is a guide to the history and techniques of jazz improvisation. Beginning with "A Brief History Of Jazz," the work moves on to discuss "Jazz Fundamentals," "Chord/Scale Relationships," "Applying Theory To Improvisation," "Accompanying," "Playing With Others," "Listening Analytically," and "Breaking The Rules." The text will be of use to...

https://outsideshore.teachable.com/p/home
View Resource The Norwegian Jazz Base

A product of the Norwegian Jazz Archives and the National Library of Norway, the Norwegian Jazz Base is a catalog of jazz recordings involving Norwegian musicians from 1905 to the present. Accessible in both Norwegian and English, Jazz Base contains an historical overview of Norwegian jazz history, biographies and photographs of Norwegian jazz musicians listed alphabetically by name, sound clips...

http://www.jazzbasen.no/index_eng.html
View Resource Charles H. Templeton Sheet Music Collection

Charles H. Templeton, an alumnus of Mississippi State University and music lover, gave his entire collection of sheet music (some 22,000 titles) to the school's library several years ago, and they have recently begun putting some of the scanned sheet music online. So far, the online searchable archive is only partially available, but a good selection of the sheet music is scanned and can be viewed...

http://digital.library.msstate.edu/cdm/landingpage/collectio...
View Resource Fats Waller Forever Digital Exhibit

Born in Harlem in 1904, Thomas Wright Waller would become one of jazz's most renowned pianists, along with composing some of its most memorable compositions, including "Ain't Misbehavin" and "Honeysuckle Rose." This online exhibit, produced by the Institute for Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, features recordings and photographs of Fats Waller in his prime. Also, as users navigate through the...

http://newarkwww.rutgers.edu/ijs/fw/fatsmain.htm
View Resource Jazz Roots

Focusing primarily on the first thirty years of jazz, this site offers a nice introduction to the development of the idiom, along with information about the various musicians and composers who contributed to this truly American art form. This site was developed as a labor of love by Tom Morgan, a radio producer and host of a well-regarded jazz show in New Orleans. Visitors unacquainted with the...

http://www.jass.com/
View Resource Smithsonian Jazz

National and International Jazz Appreciation Month happens to be April, but this shouldn't stop visitors from celebrating the richness of this form of musical expression during any of the other eleven months of the calendar. The Smithsonian Jazz initiative has created this very fine website that brings together oral histories from jazz greats such as Artie Shaw, information about the Smithsonian's...

http://americanhistory.si.edu/smithsonian-jazz
View Resource Red Hot Jazz Archive (Last reviewed in the Scout Report on May 9, 1997)

When we last reviewed the Red Hot Jazz Archive in the spring of 1997, the site was pretty hot, and it has continued to heat up over the past decade or so. The Archive is primarily concerned with documenting the world of early jazzmen, so visitors will find ample information on Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Kid Ory, Bunk Johnson, and many others. Visitors can start their journey through the site by...

http://www.redhotjazz.com/