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:

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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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CD3100 & LP8129

 The Sound Of Stevie Wonder: In His Words And Music

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ML410. W869P4 2006

Stevie Wonder: A Musical Guide To The Classic Albums

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MT92. W869L6 2005

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

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 ML410: W869R5 2010

Stevie Wonder: Note-for-Note Keyboard Transcriptions

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M3.1 W856 2004x

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!