Category Archives: UArts Music Library

New database: The online library of pop music journalism!

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Interested in reading up on LL Cool J or Ke$ha?

Want to listen to an audio interview with
Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi or Ozzy Osbourne?

Curious to learn more about industrial music or Scandinavian pop?

How about an unpublished 2011 interview with the late
Chris Cornell?

Worry not: the recently added database Rock’s Backpages has that and so much more!

 

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With over 30,000 articles by music journalists collected over the last 50 years, Rock’s Backpages covers a spectrum of artists ranging from Aaliyah to ZZ Top. The site covers too many genres  of music to list here, but to give you an idea you can browse Rock’s Backpages  for genres including prog rock to rockabilly, jazz to space rock, Japanese pop to trip hop; yup, all these any more more genered are covered is this database.

 

Sure, this is a great site for finding articles for assignments, but it is also a wonderful place to browse and learn about new genres of music, classic to contemporary artists, and popular music from around the globe.

 

Links to Rock’s Backpages are available from the Articles and the All Databases, A-Z lists accessible from the library homepage,
library.uarts.edu, at the bottom of the page in the “Online Resources” section:

UArts Library Homepage

 

For off-campus access, just remember you’ll be asked to enter your UArts credentials.
If you have any questions or need assistance in using this new resource, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can always e-mail me, call me, or stop by the Music Library and I’ll be more than happy to help you.

 

Rock on, UArts!

James Cowen
Music Reference Librarian
University Libraries
The University of the Arts
jcowen@uarts.edu
215-717-6293

New Database Available!

We thought you may be interested in a new database to which we now subscribe:

Musical Theater Songs: The Song Is You
This site gives you over 20 different search options to help you find that perfect musical theater song. The options include voice type, voice range, character age, time signature, original key, ease for accompanist, descriptive characteristics, and more.
Please note: this index does not include sheet music, but rather helps you build a list of songs you could then bring into the library to find the sheet music.
To see if the song is available in the library, click the link to “Find the Sheet Music” then the link for “UARTS Library” :

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The site also gives you options to buy the music from pay sites, but please always visit the library first. Can’t find a song in the library catalog that this site helped you discover? No worries, check with me, Jim Cowen, your Music Reference Librarian (jcowen@uarts.edu) to see if we can help you find what you need.
Links to Musical Theater Songs are available from the Reference Sources and the All Databases, A-Z lists accessible from the library homepage, library.uarts.edu, at the bottom of the page in the “Online Resources” section:

UArts Library Homepage
You can also search the UArts Library catalog for the name of the database, Musical Theater Songs, to find a link to the site.
For off-campus access, just remember you’ll be asked to enter your UArts credentials.
If you have any questions or need assistance in using this new resource, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can always e-mail me, call me, or stop by the Music Library and I’ll be more than happy to help you.
We hope you enjoy the search for new songs!

 

Big band member and library student worker selected as a top soloist

The UArts Libraries wish to congratulate Henry Tirfe for being selected as one of five top solo artists in the College Big Band division at the 46th Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California.

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Not only is UArts School of Music student Henry Tirfe a great saxophonist, he is also a super-valued library student worker!

A junior in the UArts School of Music, Henry began working here in the Fall of 2015. He performed at the recent Next Generation Jazz Festival in California with the UArts “Z” Big Band, a finalist in the College Big Band Division.

“This was a first for me, a first for the ‘Z’ Big Band, and most importantly a first for the entire University,” said Tirfe. “I felt very proud flying back to Philadelphia bringing a trophy back for this school.”

And we are proud of him!

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Henry also pointed out the UArts Music Library has on hand some of the scores for tunes the ‘Z’ Big Band has played, such as Tiptoe and To You, composed and arranged by Thad Jones.

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Current UArts students, faculty, and staff can also listen to the tunes as originally recorded via Naxos Music Library Jazz and Music Online, respectively, available on the Audio and Video Online  library webpage.

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Our congratulations to director Matt Gallagher, the amazing students of the ‘Z’ Big Band, and again to outstanding soloist –and an outstanding work study student– Henry Tirfe!

New database: Naxos Music Library World

Like World music?

You need to check out our new database:

Naxos-World

“An invaluable resource for World music enthusiasts”

 

Naxos Music Library World has over 5,370 albums with more materials being added weekly. Although NML-W is centered around the complete Smithsonian Folkways catalog, lots of additional recordings from labels like Sony, Warner, Arc, Celestial Harmonies, and Naxos World are available as well.

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Found a few tracks you enjoy? Sign up for a free account and create your own personal playlists! You can also browse playlists created by other users or specifically by fellow UArts users;  this database is new to us, of course, so will you be the first to make a UArts World music playlist?!?

Sure, you can search by title, artist, or composer, but you can also search by country/geographical area, language, instruments used, and more. Another great option is to browse by list of cultural groups or geographic areas. From on-campus and off-campus, you can access NML-W anytime and anywhere to take advantage of these great features and explore some different musics.

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To check out NML-W, visit the UArts Libraries’ homepage then click the link for Audio/Video Online at the bottom of the page in the Online Resources sections. Find Naxos Music Library World in the alphabetical list, click the link, and you made it. Remember, when using the campus network you’ll be taken right in, but for off-campus access current UArts students, faculty, and staff can simply enter their UArts email user name and password.

Got questions? Good!
Swing by the Music Library or Greenfield Library
today and ask away!

Work Study Student Jams with Stevie Wonder’s Horn Section

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Pictured above is UArts junior and Music Library work-study student Henry Tirfe alongside saxophonist Ryan Kilgore, currently playing on Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life tour.

Also present from Stevie’s horn section were sax player Peter Ortega and trumpeter Adam Dwight.

This photo was taken earlier this month on Monday, October 6th, at U-Bahn’s Monday night jam session led weekly by Philadelphian pianist Luke Carlos. This was a bit of a rare moment because nobody knew that anyone from Wonder’s band would show this night. It turns out they were in town for a show at the Wells Fargo Center as well as to present a master class during the week. Great tunes by D’Angelo, Jill Scott, and even Common were played. This was a great experience for all!

Stevie Wonder and his band had their show on October 7th, 2015 as part of the Songs in the Key of Life tour, but you can still check out his Songs in the Key of Life album, along with lots of other Stevie materials, in the UArts Music Library today! Scroll down to see more.

Songs In The Key Of Life (sound recording)

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 The Sound Of Stevie Wonder: In His Words And Music

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Stevie Wonder: A Musical Guide To The Classic Albums

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Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: The Soulful Journey Of Stevie Wonder

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Stevie Wonder: Note-for-Note Keyboard Transcriptions

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by Henry Tirfe, UArts Class of 2017

New Arrival: the Girls in the Band on DVD

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“The film follows the story of several jazz pioneers, including saxophonist Roz Cron, trombonist Melba Liston, trumpeter Clora Bryant and pianists Marian McPartland and Mary Lou Williams, as well as all-female bands, such as the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, which toured the country. Among the contemporary female musicians featured in the documentary are bassist Esperanza Spalding, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, composer Maria Schneider, clarinetist Anat Cohen and saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom.” ~ Downbeat

This recently released documentary DVD directed by Judy Chaikin is now available in the Music Library – and this documentary has everyone talking!

“The Girls in the Band manages to cram a lot into 87 deftly edited minutes. And in its sprint across the decades and musical eras, it highlights the travails and triumphs of dozens of unheralded or underappreciated jazzwomen.” ~ JazzTimes

“… the pic may prompt a rewrite of jazz history.” ~ Variety

The Girls in the Band is everything a worthwhile documentary should be, and then some: engaging, informative, thorough and brimming with delightful characters.” ~ New York Times

Swing by and check out this new award winning film, certified 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, to enjoy good music and maybe even learn some things while you are groovin’!

In addition to the full length movie, this education packet includes:

♦ A 57-minute educational version of The Girls in the Band for classroom use

♦ A detailed discussion guide for use in classrooms or public screenings

Also included in this educational edition is a bonus thumb drive featuring:

♦ Historical biographies of female jazz musicians from the 1920s to the present day

♦ An extensive bibliography used in developing the film’s content

♦ Breaking Through: a twenty-track collection of recordings by both historic and contemporary women musicians

♦ A link to speeches by former Grammy CEO and The Girls in the Band Executive Producer Michael Greene on relevant topics such as Freedom of Expression, Funding for Arts Education, Copyright Protection, Funding for the Arts Endowments and more.

Check it out today!

New Arrival in the Music Library: Contemporary Broadway Vocal Duets

As spring slowly awakens, what better time to sing a vocal duet with someone you love? Or at least, someone whose voice you love and whose voice compliments your own!

So stop in and check out the UArts Libraries’ new Broadway duet songbook. Housed in the Music Library’s Quick Reference section, this book features 31 songs from 19 musicals.

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What songs from which 19 musicals, you ask?
Does the Music Library also have the compact discs
of said musicals to check out, you query?

Well, check out this list:

The Addams Family (CD6509)
Crazier Than You
Live Before We Die

Aida (CD7480)
Elaborate Lives
Written in the Stars

Avenue Q (CD4763)
Schadenfreude

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Bring It On (CD7410)
We’re Not Done

Ghost the Musical (CD6893 & CD7121)
Here Right Now
Three Little Words

In the Heights (CD5992)
When the Sun Goes Down

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Legally Blonde (CD7223)
Legally Blonde
Take It Like a Man

Little Women (CD6069)
More Than I Am
The Most Amazing Thing

Memphis (CD6890)
Music of My Soul

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Monty Python’s Spamalot (CD5177)
I’m All Alone
The Song that Goes Like This

Newsies – the Musical (CD7118)
Something to Believe In

Once (CD 7056)
Falling Slowly

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Shrek the Musical (CD7929)
I Think I Got You Beat
Travel Song

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (CD6810)
I Just Can’t Walk Away
No More

Spring Awakening (CD5608)
Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind
The Word of Your Body

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13- The Musical (CD coming soon!)
Tell Her

[Title of Show] (CD coming soon!)
Secondary Characters
Nobody in New York

Wicked (CD4762)
As Long as You’re Mine
For Good
What is This Feeling?

Young Frankenstein (CD5917)
Together Again

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Salutations! I’m Your New Music Reference Librarian

Salutations!

My name is Jim Cowen and I am the new Music Reference Librarian at the University Libraries. Since I started in the middle of Fall 2014, I thought I would take the start of this new semester as a chance to introduce myself. As a University of the Arts School of Music Class of 2001 alumnus, and a previous University Libraries employee from about 2001-2006, I am thrilled to be back here at UArts in my new capacity.

I will be working out of the Music Library, which is located on the third floor of the Merriam Theater building. I welcome visitors at any time to help with reference queries, give a tour, or just to say hello. Appointments are always welcome too, but certainly not needed. My office may be in a dark corner of the library, but my door is always open! I am developing expertise in our streaming audio and video databases and would love to show those to you.

In addition to providing reference in the Music Library, I’ll bring the show to you: if you ever need in-class instruction in Library services, just let me know. This is especially true for the School of Music and the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, since I am your new library liaison. Any time you have questions about library services and resources, or wish to arrange research instruction sessions, please drop me a line. I truly look forward to working with you.

Random fun facts…

  • I still have pretty much every action figure I have ever owned since childhood, and I am still buying more. Recent acquisitions:

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  • I have two awesome cats, Butters and Tuxedo. Can you guess which one is Tux?

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  • I used to wear make-up and play in an eighties hair metal cover band.

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Related fun facts…

  • Finishing up my MLIS from Drexel University
  • Libraries at which I have worked:
    1. Rowan University Music Library
    2. Ocean County College Library
    3. Collingswood Public Library (intern)
    4. Ocean County Library

You made it to the end! Awesome.

Enjoy the rest of your day,

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 Jim

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Music Reference Librarian
The University of the Arts, University Libraries
320 S Broad St ~ Philadelphia PA 19102
jcowen@uarts.edu ~ 215.717.6293 ~ Fax: 215-717-6287

Philly Jazz Masters Pins – free limited edition pins from UArts Libraries!

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We are pleased to announce a new series of free limited edition pins for the UArts community. Philly Jazz Masters will focus on famous jazz musicians who were born, lived in, or made their careers in our great city of Philadelphia. Each pin comes with a QR code linking to library resources.

The first pin in this series is of Billie Holiday, from her Giants of Jazz album cover.  There are only 25 pins available of this type. Visit either of the UArts Libraries and get yours!

To listen to Billie Holiday’s recordings or learn about her life, visit the UArts Music Library on the third floor of the Merriam Building!

Staff Recommendation: We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz

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A new arrival at the Music Library, We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz is a comprehensive and engrossing look at the life and times of Davis and the enormous contributions he made to the world of jazz. Further, it’s a fascinating look into the era that Davis’ music sprang from, telling an important story not only in musical history but in social history as well.

The books spans the story of Davis’ career, telling the tale of his early life in St. Louis, his nights in New York clubs, and his long recording career, in which he played with many greats of his era, always exploring new styles and pushing boundaries. We’re given a tour of how Davis helped define bebop, and went on to pioneer cool jazz, hard bop and modal jazz. Later he embraced new styles like rock and jazz fusion.  Interesting, unsavory, sweet, and often gritty, Davis’ story is a window on the experience and trials of life as both a black man and a jazz musician in this period.

We Want Miles is a beautiful book in and of itself, using numerous devices to capture the reader. Large vibrant photos accompany the text on almost every page, immersing the reader in the visual and historical context of the story (the book was originally published in French to accompany an exhibition by the Musée de la Musique, Paris, and The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2009-2010). Anecdotes by people who worked with or knew Davis often supplement the central narrative, which refresh the reader and give the story personal depth. The narrative is a chronology of Davis’ life told as an almost intimate story, written with all of its deserving ingredients, heat, and spice.  This style whets the reader’s palate for more rather than drying it with an overly clinical style of academic writing.

In short, We Want Miles feels part biography and part ethnomusicology, a book for studying but also one for storytelling, a look at an important life in music history – jazzed up.

We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz

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