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Reference books on jazz available at the British Library

The reference books listed here are a representative sample of material available on the open shelves of the Rare Books & Music Reading Room. A further collection of reference books on this subject is available in the Humanities Reading Room - floor 2.

Carr, Ian, Fairweather, Digby & Priestley, BrianJazz: the essential companion (London, 1988).
Chilton, JohnWho's who of Jazz (4th ed., London, 1985).
Feather, LeonardThe encyclopedia of jazz (2nd ed., London, 1978).
Kennington, DonThe literature of jazz: a critical guide (London, 1970).
Kernfeld, Barry (ed.)The New Grove dictionary of jazz, 2nd ed. (London, 2002). 3 vols.
Mecklenburg, Carl Gregor Herzog zuInternational bibliography of jazz books. Vol. I 1921-1949. Vol. II 1950-1959 (Baden Baden, 1983- ).
Merriam, Alan P.A bibliography of jazz (Philadelphia, 1954).
PanassiƩ, H. & Gautier, M.Dictionnaire du jazz (3rd ed., Paris, 1987).

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