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Guide to Jazz: Research and Information for scholars, performers, and listeners

Jazz DVDs (Located in Educational Resources Collection)

Live Performances:

Jazz Icons Series features archival footage of jazz greats performing live in the 1950s and 1960s.  All four volumes are available for check out.

The Coltrane Connection. Live performances from television broadcasts of the 1950s and 1960s.

Diana Krall Live in Paris. Filmed in 2002.

Jaco Pastorius: Loud and Outrageous. Live performance by the great fusion bass player.

Vintage Collection: 1958-1961 Television performances by some of the top talent of the era.

Some other jazz videos: 

Ken Burns' Jazz, the 10-part TV mini-series by Ken Burns (DVD Video 3523-3532)

Bird, biopic about Charlie Parker (DVD Video 10419)

Birth of the Blues, a 1941 film in which Bing Crosby portrays a Basin Street musician.

Blues in the night, a 1941 film by Warner Brothers about a traveling jazz band.

Ella Fitzgerald: the Legendary First Lady of Song

From the Mouthpiece on Back, a documentary about young jazz musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans.

The Glenn Miller Story (DVD Video 11925), 1953 bio-pic featuring members of Miller's band including Gene Krupa and Lionel Hampton

A Great Day in Harlem Interviews of the famous musicians involved in the 1958 photograph by Art Kane (below).

Hallelujah, the 1929 film with authentic performances and dancing, including a tap dance by the Nicholas brothers as children.

'Round Midnight, features saxophonist Dexter Gordon portraying an alcoholic jazz musician in New York and Paris.

Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus, a film by Ball State professor Robert Mugge. Includes live performances and interviews (DVD Video 6351)

Stormy Weather, 1943 film featuring Cab Calloway and famous dancers The Nicholas Brothers (DVD Video 6313)

photo of Great Day in Harlem


Borrow DVDs through Interlibrary Loan

Ball State participates in interlibrary loan for media.  To borrow DVDs, register for an Interlibrary Loan account ( and then submit requests.  Requests must be for a specific title.

To verify a title for loan, use Worldcat.  From there you can click on "Request via Interlibrary Loan" for items not owned by Ball State.  (Worldcat indicates Ball State holdings).  After logging in to your Interlibrary Loan account, Worldcat will fill in almost all of the request form for you.  You only need to state whether you'll pay for postage and the date(s) you need the item.