What kinds of resources will I find on JSO?
The JSO resource library includes magazine and journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, original essays, bibliographies and filmographies, course syllabi, video interviews and lectures, a jazz glossary, and video footage from live performances.
How can I find the resource I'm looking for?
There are several ways to find resources.
First, there are the special sections: Spotlights, Special Features, Multimedia Center, Books and Writings, Teaching Tools, Reference Materials, Jazz Across the Arts, and Outside Resources. In each section, you'll find one or two featured resources, plus a list of recently added resources, and a link to all resources in that site section.
To find more resources, you can browse the site. Browsing will allow you to find resources by Type (for example, you can view all bibliographies or all journal articles); by Era; by Style; and by Geographical Location.
You can also search by keyword using the simple search function.
Or, you can use the advanced search. This will allow you to search by phrase or keyword and limit your search to specific resource types, site sections, or topics of interest.
Finally, each resource is tagged with information about the author, publisher, publication, and category, including major keywords. You can click on any of these fields and view a list of other resources that share these tags.
What is a Spotlight?
A Spotlight is a special collection of resources created to illuminate a particular topic in jazz studies. Spotlights are developed by leading scholars, and they include primary resources, links to related resources on the site, and links to other resources on the Web.
What is a Special Feature?
Special Features contain resources that "belong" together in one way or another. For example, you may find a collection of chapters excerpted from the same book, such as Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies, or several video resources produced at the same event, like this series of talks on Jazz and the Church, given at the 2007 meeting of the Columbia University Jazz Study Group. Special Features also include written work accompanied by supporting resources, such as Maxine Gordon's Central Avenue Bop.
What is the Multimedia Center?
The Multimedia Center is home to JSO's video resources, including concert footage, interviews, lectures, and conference proceedings.
What are Books and Writings?
Journal articles, book excerpts, and original essays can be found in Books and Writings.
What are Teaching Tools?
Teaching Tools contain resources for teachers. This section of the site now holds college-level syllabi from classes taught on jazz nationwide. In the future, JSO will offer more curriculum tools for teachers of all grade levels looking to bring jazz education into their classrooms.
What are Reference Materials?
Reference Materials are research tools for the jazz scholar and enthusiast. Find extensive bibliographies and filmographies here. This section of the site will continue to grow in the coming months.
What is Jazz Across the Arts?
Jazz Across the Arts is designed to recognize the fact that jazz is more than just music. Jazz and jazz-influenced modes of expression are also found in dance, literature, and visual art. Visit this section of the site to find resources that explore the interdisciplinary nature of jazz.
What are Outside Resources?
Outside Resources are JSO's links -- our guide to exploring jazz further on the Web. Because of the nature of the internet, this section will change and grow frequently.
What is the Jazz Glossary?
The Jazz Glossary is a multimedia tool created with the help of the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL). Users can explore a list of jazz-related terms, with short definitions and selected sound and video illustrations.
What does the future hold for JSO?
In the months to come, our resource library will continue to grow as we add new book chapters, journal articles, videos, research tools, and more. In the next year, we will be creating Digital Fieldwork Experience, a virtual collaboration space designed to let jazz scholars, artists, musicians, teachers, students, and others work together on scholarly, critical, and creative projects.
I'd like my essay/syllabus/video/bibliography/Web link/etc. to be added to JSO's resource
library. What should I do?
With the exception of course syllabi and bibliographies, JSO is not currently accepting unsolicited submissions to the site. We thank you for your interest, and we urge you to visit the site regularly. If you teach a course related to jazz, we'd be happy to see your syllabi and bibliographies. Please e-mail any teaching or references materials to [email protected].
I have a comment or suggestion for improving JSO. What should I do?
Comments and suggestions can be sent to [email protected]. We appreciate your feedback, but due to the volume of mail received, we cannot guarantee a personal response.