In celebration of the Virtual National Book Festival, this blog post provides an overview of the Music Division’s many digital collections and other content available online.
The Library of Congress has recently published two LibGuides related to jazz music. They are “Jazz Stock Arrangements: A Resource Guide” and “Jazz Research at the Library of Congress.”
Recently, the Music Division completed the processing of the Chet Baker Materials. During this anniversary month of his passing, we remember the life of the artist whose name will forever be synonymous with West Coast Jazz.
On Saturday, October 16, 2019, Concerts from the Library of Congress hosted Afro-Cuban jazz master, Chucho Valdés. Founder and director of the legendary Cuban jazz band Irakere, winner of six GRAMMYs and four Latin GRAMMYs, Chucho Valdés is not just an authority in the jazz world, he is a living legend. As part of his engagement at […]
The Library of Congress is home to the Charles Mingus Collection, the institution’s first acquisition of a jazz composer’s personal papers and the first multi-format jazz collection process by the Music Division of the Library of Congress.
Jazz specialist Larry Appelbaum retired from the Library of Congress on March 31, 2020. Larry reflects on his career at the Library of Congress and provides links to interviews, panels, and blog posts he created and facilitated at the Library of Congress.
Musician Machito (c. 1908-1984) and his group the Afro-Cubans performed from 1940 to the early 1980s, forming an influential legacy that includes salsa music and Afro-Cuban jazz. The Music of Machito and His Afro-Cubans collection primarily contains approximately 150 manuscript and published compositions and arrangements performed by the ensemble.
The following is a guest post by Claudia Morales of the Music Division. On Thursday, March 13, the Library of Congress closed all Library buildings to the public. Within a few days, all public events in March and April were canceled, and the cancellation period has now been extended through May 10. These cancellations are […]
Every generation has its saxophone heroes in jazz: Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane all continue to inspire players in every style on just about every instrument. One of the great saxophonists and multi-instrumentalists of this generation is the Chicago-born, Columbia, South Carolina-raised Chris Potter. For the past three decades he’s been drawing […]
Watch the world premiere of Maria Schneider’s Library-commissioned work “Data Lords,” and view interviews as well as a panel discussion with the Grammy Award-winning composer, arranger and bandleader.