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This guide is designed to provide an overview of jazz resources available at the Music & Performing Arts Library.


The Music & Performing Arts Library has thousands of recordings available to stream online or play on DVD, CD, and LP!

To search for audio and video in the catalog, start with a keyword search for a specific performer, composer, style, or song title in the library catalog and use the "Material Type" filter on the advanced search screen to restrict your search to "Sound Recordings" or "Video/Film" depending on your needs.

When you click into the item records for different materials, check the material's location and format information to see if it is available to stream or if it exists in physical form on DVD, CD, or LP. For more help distinguishing identifying format information, see our Introduction to Audio & Video Formats.

If you're hoping to browse, see the streaming services and recommended discographies listed below!

Streaming Audio & Video Databases

The Library subscribes to a variety of streaming services for the performing arts. We are linking several online collections below to give you a place to browse, but be sure to also check out our full list of audio and video platforms on our Streaming Media guide!


Discographies are helpful for researching recordings. They are typically focused on a genre, instrument, record label, or performer. You can find print discographies by looking for 'jazz--discography' as a subject search in the library catalog. We've listed a few resources below to help you get started. 

Online Tools