The latest addition to the jazz project at the Pensacola Public Library is a donation of approximately two thousand dollars worth of jazz books, CDs and videos. This year the Friends of the Pensacola Public Library matched the Jazz Society of Pensacola’s donation of $1,000. This brings the value of the total collection to approximately $18,000.
The thirty jazz DVDs added include performances by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Bill Evans and Dave Brubeck.
Jazz books include classic jazz photographs by Herman Leonard and Duncan Schiedt. Jazz history books include authors Ted Gioia and Gunther Schuller. There are new biographies of Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong and Artie Shaw. The are several collections of jazz commentary including selections from seventy-five years of columns from Downbeat Magazine. There is an elegant coffee-table sized book with text and photographs entitled The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz and Blues published in England. Veteran writer Nat Hentoff has selected columns for his book, At the Jazz Band Ball; Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene. These cover Hentoff’s long experience in observing the jazz scene. He was the first non-musician to be selected as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts.
CDs added to the collection include a collaboration of American singer/composer Willie Nelson and trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis. There are single CDs which include Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, and a number of other singles, some of which are not readily available elsewhere. There are CD collections from Mosaic Records including Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Artie Shaw, Lester Young, Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson. These are definitive collections of limited issue which come with an informative historical booklet. Also in this year’s donation is a CD from Arbors Records by trumpeter Randy Reinhardt, Jazz for Juniors.
Ralph Knowles and Norman Vickers are committee co-chairs for the Library Project. Knowles said, “We find that circulation of the jazz DVDs is about 50% at any time. Circulation for the jazz CDs is about 10% at any time. So, the addition of thirty jazz DVDs will help meet that interest. We also find that many middle and high school students use jazz materials for their educational projects. Additional material, especially the scholarly texts by Gioia and Schuller, should be helpful in that regard.”
Vickers said, “Although the main collection of jazz materials is at the downtown library, these resources are available at all five branches. This year is the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis’ recording, Kind of Blue; we thought it important to have in all branch libraries, so we obtained a copy for each. Similarly, we did so for the recording, Jazz for Juniors.” Vickers continued, “We are especially appreciative of the matching gift from Friends of the Pensacola Public Library to extend this effort. We have obtained labels for this donation of books, DVDs and CDs which acknowledge the contribution of both Friends of the Library and the Jazz Society.”
The Library has added a “tag” for donations from the Jazz Society. To search from your computer: go to the library web site http://www.cityofpensacola.com/library/, click Catalog, then Search our catalog, then Power search. Scroll down to Item category 1, click on the arrow beside it for a drop down list, then choose Jazz Society Gift; then Search. This will give you the books the JSOP recently donated and a few CDs. (Only the new items are listed for now as there hasn’t been any retroactive work to include past items.)
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