Category Archives: Jazz

Jazz Dreams II: Free Film Screening, Mon. Nov. 11, 2013, at 8pm

Jazz Dreams II: A Film Screening
A Conversation with filmmaker Geoffrey Poister and musician Courtney Bryan

Columbia composer Courtney Bryan (above, center) is among 3 young musicians from New Orleans who are featured in a new documentary film, presented by Columbia’s Center for Jazz Studies. The film

“follows three young jazz musicians from New Orleans as they embark on difficult careers. Beginning with their high school years, it follows them through the death and destruction of Hurricane Katrina, to their becoming parents and entrepreneurs. The film features Jason Marsalis, the youngest Marsalis; Irvin Mayfield, a Grammy Award winning trumpet player/composer, and pianist and composer Courtney Bryan. These committed young black Americans show their determination to keep America’s most original art form alive and vibrant. Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, and Gordon Parks all appear.”

Monday November 11, 2013, 8 p.m. 101 Prentis Hall, 632 West 125th Street (Between Broadway and Riverside Drive)

Event Cost:
Free and open to the public but rsvp is required by emailing or calling 212-851-9270

Directions to Prentis Hall can be seen at this link.


R.I.P. Lawrence “Butch” Morris, 1947-2013, known for his “Conductions”

Musician and composer Lawrence “Butch” Morris passed away on Jan. 29, 2013. Among his achievements, he was noted for his technique of “conduction”, a combination of conducting and improvisation. The image to the left shows the technique, using gestures to elicit musical responses from an ensemble of musicians, here in the piece “Possible Universe”.

A full obituary in the New York Times is available at this link.

You can sample Butch Morris’ conductions in the 10-CD box set “Testament” (CD3224, available for check-out in the Music & Arts Library. ) Many conductions are also available, in streaming audio, from the Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM), to which the Libraries subscribe. Here’s a link to “The Long Goodbye“, from Morris’ 1990 album “Dust to Dust” (Note: you must be a full-time Columbia affiliate to access this link).

Naxos Music Library and Naxos Jazz audio now in CLIO

Streaming audio content available on Naxos Music Library and Naxos Jazz is now indexed in CLIO! Over 4,500 records from Naxos Music Library and 1,500 records from Naxos Jazz have been added. This means that when you are searching CLIO, any available Naxos streaming audio content which matches your search will come up, along with the usual results for CDs and LPs held by the Libraries.

The CLIO records include contents, performers, track information, etc. To access the audio, click on the link in the CLIO record which says “Online Link: Naxos Music Library streaming audio”. This will take you to the Naxos record, where you can select the particular track(s) you wish to hear.

If you’re curious about browsing the collection, here’s one way:

  • In CLIO, choose search type = “Keyword”
  • To browse Naxos Music Library content, enter keyword “965naxos”
  • To browse Naxos Jazz content, enter keyword “965naxosjazz”

If you don’t want to have to remember these keywords, you can also just do a keyword search using “naxos” and then add “jazz” or whatever other search terms you like (artists, performers, labels, etc).

For example: keyword = naxos jazz charlie parker

Note that this will also pull up any physical Naxos CDs the library holds that match your search. Streaming audio content is easily distinguishable from CDs by the “ERESOURCES” call number.

Lastly, please note the variety of audio player options available on the Naxos site. If you are experiencing playback problems with one player, try one of the other options. If problems persist, please let us know at

Please have a listen, and let us know if you have any questions, comments, or problems.

Naxos Jazz database – temporary access workaround

The regular link for Naxos Jazz (via Databases) may not work for up to several days, as they work on the problem. The publisher has provided a temporary work-around for access to Naxos Jazz. Use the following link, and login information:
username: Columbia128K01
password: Columbia128K01

Contact the Music & Arts Library staff at if you have questions or want help in locating jazz content and resources.

Problem with access to Naxos Jazz database

There is currently a problem with access to the Naxos Jazz database. It’s been reported to library systems staff, and we hope for a quick resolution. We’ll post when access has been restored.

In the mean time, please don’t hesitate to contact us, if we may be able to help you locate jazz content in our CD collection. You can email us at, or call us at 212-854-8523.

Featured E-Resource: The Jazz Discography

The Jazz Discography (Tom Lord) is now available through the Libraries. It is “… the most up-to-date general discography of all categories of recorded jazz, from 1896 to today”.

This resource allows much more flexible searching than was possible using the earlier print and CD-ROM versions. Searches are available for leader, session, musician, tune, and record label, as well as a “multi-search” function which allows searches of multiple musicians and/or tunes. A good introduction to using the database is found by clicking on the “Help” tab on the upper right of the screen.

The Jazz Discography can be found under the “Databases” tab of the main Library Web search page. Access is available on campus, or off-campus to Columbia affiliates via your standard UNI/password login.

Let us know what you think!