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Jamey Aebersold Books Have Arrived!

Jamey Aebersold books have arrived at the Max Chambers Library. The first volume was published in 1967; now, nearly fifty years later, there are over 130 volumes. His play-along series is one of, if not the most recognized series of jazz play-alongs.

Aebersold is known internationally as a saxophonist and as an “authority on jazz education.” He was born in New Albany, Indiana on July 21, 1939. In 1962, he graduated with a Master-level degree in saxophone from the University of Indiana; thirty years later, Indiana awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Music. In 1989, Mr. Aebersold was inducted into the International Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame; past inductees include Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and Charlie Parker. In 2014, he became a recipient of the National Endowments for the Arts-Jazz Master award, the “nation’s highest honor in jazz.”

Of the 133 volumes published in the series, we’ve received six (6):

In addition, we have received the piano transcriptions of each volume. All volumes (except for the piano transcriptions) include a CD for play-along, but must be checked out separately in addition to the book. All will be housed in the Multimedia department of the library.

For more about Jamey Aebersold and his products, visit http://jazzbooks.com/

Thanks for Sharing, Clark

It’s about 30 minutes before closing time and I don’t want to leave. That sounds insane, I know; but I just found the coolest item on the fourth floor. A few minutes ago, as I was shelving some scores, I caught a massive eye-sore in my peripheral. Whatever it was it looked over-sized and bulky and very indecisively brown—-a tragedy made more pronounced by some neighboring paperbacks, all shiny and pastel. Of course I had to give the thing the attention it demanded. Fortunately, my brain has never duped me more thoroughly than today. As luck would have it, there wasn’t any eye-sore to be found (unless you count the fake trees up here, but that’s a blog post for another time) just a gorgeous leather-bound Debussy score.

It sounds silly, but I’m finding myself invested in a small piece of history. This particular score was gifted twice: once to Max Chambers Library in 2005 and another time, long before, to a man named Clark. On the second page of the score is a handwritten note from someone in Paris in 1930. The score was a Christmas gift to the aforementioned Clark, and apparently a well-deserved one. “With greatest affection and deep gratitude,” reads the message. I just can’t shake the feeling that this small, cosmically insignificant collection of papers probably meant the world to someone. It’s days like these when I remember how much I love my job. People often say libraries are boring, but I have to disagree. Libraries are, by their very nature, a place for us to get in touch with ourselves. They are places for us to reflect on what has been and how that informs what is and what will be. The fact that I don’t read music, I know little to nothing about Debussy, and I couldn’t carry a tune if I tried means nothing when you consider that this score made me think. It brought a sense of interest and investment to a subject I would have otherwise never considered. It made me contemplate the connections in my own life. That’s what I love about libraries. And that’s what I love about Max Chambers.

I guess the point of all this is to say that being here in the library isn’t such a bad thing. The next time you have a little extra time to study, consider doing it here. You never know what you’ll find on a study break or how it might affect you. Oh, and for those of you who are interested, here’s a little Debussy for reference:


ACM Bands to Hit the Road as ‘Gentlemen’

As many of you already know, Guthrie, OK, will be hosting a major musical event this weekend. This festival-style concert, called the Gentlemen of the Road Tour, will include some huge names in the folk rock genre. Guests can expect to see incredible performances from Mumford and Sons (the headlining act), Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (a true gem), and Haim (this blogger’s personal favorite), among others.

But that’s not all! Some bands from UCO’s very own ACM will be performing at an adjacent street festival. Those performing include Bowlsey, Ashford, Horse Thief, Them Apples, and Oklahoma Cloud Factory. Anyone fortunate enough to score a ticket to the tour is welcome to see these talented musicians perform as part of their ticket price, but those of us who missed out can still purchase $5.00 tickets for this local portion of the event. Be sure to stop by and catch these folks in action!

News from the music world

The music world has lost two of the greats this month.

Legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck died on December 5, just one day shy of his 92nd birthday.  Brubeck was best known for Take Five, along with his West Coast cool jazz style.  Visit his website at http://www.davebrubeck.com for bios, photos, and recordings and lots of great information.

Also, famed sitar virtuoso Ravi Shakar died on December 11, also at age 92.  He traveled to the United States in the 1960s and played for American audiences, which sparked interest in Indian classical music.  George Harrison was so impressed with the sound, he decided to use the sound in some of the Beatles’ recordings, which set off a trend of “raga rock.”  Among those who adopted the style:  The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Moody Blues, The Doors, The Chemical Brothers, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Visit his website at http://www.ravishankar.org/

Dave Brubeck Quartet

Dave Brubeck Quartet – from left: Joe Morello, Paul Desmond, Dave Brubeck, and Joe Benjamin

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar in the 1950s

Free Movies and Music on the Internet – that won’t turn you into a criminal

Check out this blog post about the Internet Archive.  The Internet Archive is a little like a library/museum of online content. Basically, free books, music, videos, software, and websites that make you scream “what were they thinking?!” courtesy of the “Wayback Machine.”

According to their “About us” section:

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.

The best part of the Internet Archive, we think, is the free movies and music/audio.  With categories like “Little Known Classics You NEED To Watch”, “Top 40 best free legal movies you can download right now”, and classic commercials that give you a peek into the mind of history, you’re bound to find something interesting to do without thinking about lawyers.

We’ll leave you with these links, from the early days of search engines:

Alta Vista, April 1997:  http://web.archive.org/web/19970404002415/http://www.altavista.com/

Yahoo!, from it’s industry-leader days in 1996:  http://web.archive.org/web/19961025030253/http://www10.yahoo.com/

and just for grins, Google Beta from 1998:  http://web.archive.org/web/19981202230410/http://www.google.com/ (I wonder about that ! in the Google logo…)

Naxos Music Library Subscribers Now Have Access to the Warner Classics, Teldec, and Erato Catalogs

Just in from Naxos headquarters in Nashville:

Naxos Music Library is proud to announce the addition of the Warner Classics, Teldec and Erato labels to its streaming audio collection. These immense catalogs include many great performances which have become the standard for their repertoire, such as the Barenboim Mozart Operas and Bayreuth Wagner Ring Cycle, the Harnoncourt Beethoven Symphonies and the José Serebrier Glazunov Symphonies and Concertos. On July 2nd, more than 1,000 albums from these catalogs will be available on the Naxos Music Library with the remaining albums in the catalogs and new releases appearing over the coming months.

Dozens of legendary artists have called these labels home including Chanticleer, Chloë Hanslip, Nicolai Lugansky, Beaux Arts Trio, José Carreras, Sharon Kam, Kent Nagano, Cecilia Bartoli, Charlie Siem, Boston Camerata, John Eliot Gardiner and Mstislav Rostropovich among many others. Their performances are now available to subscribers of Naxos Music Library.


Naxos Music Library sets the industry standard in streaming classical music featuring over 70,000 albums from 500 record labels, including BIS, Blue Note Records, Chandos, EMI Classics, Nettwerk Music Group, Sun Records, Virgin Classics, and many others. With more than 1,000,000 tracks of music and tools for music education, Naxos Music Library is available for institutional and professional subscriptions and is currently being enjoyed by over 1200 universities, performing arts organizations, and public libraries in the North America.

Since 2001, new recordings have been produced under the Warner Classics label as well as continuing the APEX budget reissue series which includes recordings from both the Teldec & Erato labels.

Teldec Classics was founded in Hamburg, Germany in 1950 as a co-operation between Telefunken and Decca Records. Over its long history the label has been home to many great artists and its catalog includes the pioneering early music label Das Alte Werk. The Erato Disques label was founded in Paris, France in 1953 by Philippe Loury, originally as Éditions Musicales Costallat, when there were very few long-playing Renaissance and Baroque music recordings to be found. This was the area in which Erato first made its mark and which subsequently established its fine and enduring reputation under the guidance of Michel Garcin. Over the years a rich catalogue has emerged across all Classical repertoire areas from many of the finest artists of the day.

Classical Music in Video available in April

I just received the communication below from Alexander Street Press.  Please check out Classical Music in Video and let me know what you think of it.  jatkins3 @ uco.edu

We at Alexander Street Press are so excited about our new music collection, Classical Music in Video, that we’re offering Open Access for the entire month of April!

We invite you to discover for yourself all the collection has to offer. No matter when in April you register, you can search, browse, and explore the entire collection for thirty days.

Access the collection here

Right now, Classical Music in Video includes 600 videos, totaling more than 300 hours of performance and teaching, and is growing to more than 1,500 performances and 1,000 hours of viewing. All forms of classical music are covered, including performances by leading orchestras, plus chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world. Coverage of musical time periods spans Medieval to the 21st century, and performances cover historical recordings from the 1950s up to the most current offerings today.

View clips from the collection

At completion, the collection will provide access to performances by artists and ensembles such as the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Opera, Sir Geraint Evans, Thomas Quasthoff, Maxim Vengerov, Emanuel Ax, Simon Carrington, Bernard Haitink, Evelyn Glennie, Ives Ensemble, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Callithumpian Consort, and more. Sample titles include the Cardiff Singer of the World competitions, Andre Previn’s Music Night; BBC Proms concerts; John Cage’s 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs; George Crumb’s Makrokosmos I & II; Great Conductors of the Third Reich: Art in the Service of Evil; and Xenakis: String Quartets.

Also included are the award-winning masterclass series from the Masterclass Media Foundation—the full set, plus new releases, available in streaming format only through Alexander Street Press. These are unique sessions, recorded specifically for the camera, with master teachers from each instrument group represented, including violin with Maxim Vengerov, piano with Emanuel Ax, cello with Steven Isserlis, conducting with Bernard Haitink, singing with Joan Rodgers, percussion with Evelyn Glennie, viola with Yuri Bashmet, and many more. Other content includes performances, interviews, and documentaries from EuroArts, a leading producer of classical music programming for over 25 years.

Start exploring now!

Exciting News about Naxos Music and Jazz Libraries

We received the following announcement this morning from the folks at Naxos:

It is with great pleasure that we announce – the complete EMI Classics catalog is now available to every Naxos Music Library and Naxos Music Library – Jazz institutional subscriber!  This vast catalog of recordings includes EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, and Blue Note Records.

Today, more than 225 albums are be available in NML with the remainder of the 7200 album catalog available by the end of 2011.  More details will be available shortly.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all of the updates.

We hope you’re as excited as we are and look forward to many months of wonderful new music!  These additions represent the first of many great things to come – so stay tuned for more updates as we near the end of 2011.

Log in and enjoy at

Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library-Jazz

Create your playlist and then close the database so others can enjoy it too.  Happy listening!