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Alexander Street Press Launches New Online Jazz Library

Electronic publisher Alexander Street Press ( announced the launch of Jazz Music Library, a new, continuously growing, online collection that currently includes more than 18,000 audio tracks featuring more than 3,800 artists in streaming audio. Available to universities and libraries worldwide and the latest release in Alexander Street's growing suite of Music Online products, Jazz Music Library gives library users, music faculty, and students at subscribing institutions access to what the company says will be "the most comprehensive online collection of recorded jazz available."

The collection includes works licensed from dozens of record labels, including Audiophile, Concord Jazz, Contemporary Records, Fantasy, Jazzology, Milestone, Nessa Records, Original Jazz Classics, Pablo, Prestige, and Riverside. Labels being added include Circle Records, GHB, Good Time Jazz, GRP, Impulse, Peak, Solo Art Records, Stretch Records, Verve, and dozens more. Future releases of the collection will include the NPR radio broadcast series of Marian McPartland's Peabody Award-winning radio program Piano Jazz as well as rarely heard live performances from the Monterey Jazz and Newport Jazz festivals, together with live recordings from famous jazz venues including the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note, the Apollo, the Jazz Standard, the Black Hawk, the Five Spot, and many others. Most of these recordings are made available here for the first time.

The company also announced that from May 12 to 14, it will host the first annual Online Jazz Music Festival at Ordinarily accessible only to patrons of subscribing libraries, Jazz Music Library, will be openly accessible to visitors and will include videos, free music downloads, quizzes, contests, a juried playlist competition, and special discount coupons from publishing partners.

Source: Alexander Street Press

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