The Institute of Jazz Studies' mission is enhancing access to its collection to foster research in the areas of jazz and music history. The IJS Research Portal provides digital access to selected IJS collections in the Institute of Jazz Studies to further its mission and the mission of the Rutgers University Libraries to the Rutgers community, to scholars, and to the general public.
Jazz Oral History Collection
- Autrey, Herman
- Barefield, Eddie
- Barker, Danny
- Barnet, Charlie
- Basie, Count
- Blakeney, Andrew
- Briggs, Arthur
- Brown, Lawrence
- Cheatham, Doc
- Clarke, Kenny
- Cole, William Randolph "Cozy"
- Durham, Eddie
- Greer, Sonny
- Grillo, Frank "Machito"
- Herman, Woody
- Holmes, Charlie
- McShann, Jay
- Norville, Kenneth
- Norvo, Red
- Phillips, Leonard
- Royal, Marshal
- Simmons, John
- Smith, Buster
- Spikes, Benjamin F.
- Tate, Buddy
- Williams, Cootie
- Williams, Mary Lou
- Young, Leonidas Raymond
- Young, Trummy
- Albertson, Chris
- Collier, James Lincoln
- Crouch, Stanley
- Dance, Helen
- Dance, Helen Oakley
- Dance, Stanley
- DuPre, Bryant
- Giddins, Gary
- Gitler, Ira
- Goddard, Chris
- Hinton, Milt
- Kirchner, Bill
- Kuehl, Linfa
- Redd, Vi
- Salazar Primero, Max
- Vollmer, Albert
- Willard, Patricia
- Wilson, John S.
- Wilson, John S. (John Steuart)
- Wong, Herb
- Using Web Browsers
INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS ARE BEST VIEWED USING THE FIREFOX OR SAFARI WEB BROWSERS.
The software that plays audio files and read-only transcript files for the Jazz Oral History Project interviews uses Adobe Flash inside your web browser.
Click here: https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ to download and install the Adobe Flash Player. Technical information about Adobe Flash Player is found at the Adobe web site.
RUcore also supports audio playback for iOS (iPhone, iPad). We are currently working on broad support of Android devices.
Firefox: If you have trouble with Flash in Firefox, try enabling it using these instructions. You may need to click on multiple Allow buttons for play to start.
Safari: For help using Flash Player in Safari, use these instructions.
Internet Explorer: If using Internet Explorer, you may need to enable the Flash Player plugin in Internet Explorer before transcripts will display. Enable the Flash Player plugin using these instructions.
Chrome: Google Chrome disables its Flash Player plugin by default. You may be able re-enable Flash using these instructions.
- Search for Interviews
Click on the “Search” tab in the box under “Jazz Oral History Collection.” Type in your search term. Click the Search button.
- Browse by Interviewee Name, Interviewer Name or Instrument
This method will give a list of all Interviewees, Interviewers or Instruments/Specialties in the collection. To do this, click on the “Browse” tab, and then click on “Interviewee Name”, “Interviewer Name” or “Instrument.” If desired, click on the person or instrument to display that record.
- Search for Interviews by Instruments Played by Artists
Using this search method will return records of all of the artists who specialized in a particular instrument. In the Search Interface, click on the “Browse” tab. A list of instruments or artists' specialties will appear. Click on the instrument/specialty name. A list of interviews with all artists who specialized in that instrument will appear.
- Tips on Searching
1. Full Record: A full-record search will find items in the bibliographic record.
2. Full Text: A full-text search will find items in both the bibliographic record and the full text.
3. Category/Genre: A Category/Genre search will find items that belong to the category you type in as your search term. For instance, type in “book chapters” and select Category/Genre from the pulldown menu to find all the chapters in books or monographs within the collection.
4. Boolean search: A search for “dog” OR “cat” will find records containing “dog” and also records containing “cat”, whereas a search for “dog” AND “cat” will find records containing both “dog” and “cat”. Mixed Boolean searches such as “Jane and Doe or John” or “Jane or Doe and John” are not supported.
5. Truncation: Right-truncated queries are supported. The query term “car*” finds all records containing the word “car”, or the word “cars”, or the word “carpet”, or any other word that starts with the string “car”.
6. Phrase searching: For phrase searching, use double quotes. For example, “with liberty and justice for all”.
7. Date searching: Enter a four-digit year. Wildcards are supported, e.g. “195*” for the 1950s.
- Listen to Audio Interviews
Click on the “Search” tab, type in your search term and click the Search button. A brief record for each interview that matches the search term will appear. Click on the Title of an interview to reveal the full record for that interview. On the left hand side of the screen, there is a list of files. Under AUDIO, the list will present the audio tapes available for this interview. Tapes and reels are labeled “MP3-1”, “MP3-2”, etc. Click on the tape you want to hear to listen to that tape. The recording will start playing back automatically.
- Navigate Through an Audio File
You can rewind or fast forward through any recording by clicking anywhere on the Progress Bar of the audio player. When you click on a portion of the Progress Bar, the timer on the left end of the Progress Bar will display the time stamp for the portion to which you are listening. The right end of the Progress Bar displays the total recording time of a tape.
- Use Interview Transcripts
In the RUcore record for each interview, there is a Table of Contents. The Table of Contents lists which transcript pages correlate to specific audio tapes. Page numbers in the Tables of Contents correlate to page numbers in the Page Number Display of the page-turner software. To read a transcript, or portion of a transcript, click on the “Read online” link. A new tab will open, displaying the first page of the transcript.
- Navigate Through a Transcript
To find a particular page in a transcript, you may use the Page Turn Arrows on either side of the Page Number Display. You may also go directly to a particular page by highlighting the page number in the Page Number Display and typing in the page number you wish to jump to. Then hit the Enter key on your computer keyboard to jump to the desired page. Page numbers on the transcript pages will not always correspond to the number in the Page Number Display/Table of Contents.
- RUAnalytic Tool
For help using the RUAnalytic Tool, visit the RUAnalytic page.
- Further assistance
If you need further assistance utilizing the transcripts and audio files for the Jazz Oral History Project, contact the Institute of Jazz Studies, Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM Eastern time at 973-353-5595.