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Jazz

Use this guide to discover information sources about jazz performance and research topics. This evolving guide facilitates access to important resources, and provides samples of the types of materials available to members of the McGill community.

Scores and arrangements

Browse the 3rd floor shelves around M1366 or search the Library catalogue for jazz scores or big band scores to see titles in the collection.

The Gertrude Whitley Performance Library, located on the 5th floor of the library, houses close to 1000 jazz scores. Please contact the GWPL directly to request access to these materials. 

Other scores can be found online, with select publishers allowing access to peruse either partial or complete scores. Below is a list of some publishers' sites where you can view scores, some with accompanying audio.

This guide does not endorse any of the following publishers or vendors. The resources listed here are included because they provide pertinent information about selected works and composers.

 

 

 

 

Classical music scores

  • Features online resources for classical music scores. For additional information and search tips, we invite you to watch the Marvin Duchow Music Library's video on Accessing Online Perusal Scores.

Fake books

View the complete list of Fake Books in the Music Library collection.

Looking for a specific tune? Check out the following resources to see where it's been published:

 

Online Resources:

  • New Standards 
    • Downloadable ebook of tunes written by women composers curated by Terri Lyne Carrington, courtesy of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice
  • The Public Domain Song Anthology
    • Collection of 348 popular songs in the public domain with modern and traditional harmonization

Transcriptions

  • Artist Transcriptions series
  • This series of scores reproduces the recorded performances of several jazz greats in print. View the complete list of titles in the Music Library collection.

Sheet Music Collection

  • Sheet Music Collection
  • With over 6000 pieces of popular sheet music, the Sheet Music Collection is a treasure trove of standards and Broadway tunes. Ask a Library staff member if you wish to consult the printed music.

Location and contacts

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Contact:
Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
3rd floor - 527 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E3
514-398-4692
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Subjects: Music

Resource key

  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library use
  • Catalogue record

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