world music

New Resource: The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

NU Libraries is proud to announce our subscription to Alexander Street Press’s The Garland Encyclopedia of Music Online which is now available to the NU Community on or off campus. This comprehensive resource on the study of world music provides access to scholarly content, includes images, and a nine-volume CD collection. Search and browse through a range of genres and indexes, utilize playlists, and create your own playlists. Go to this link to learn more For best performance Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or Firefox 3.5 or higher are recommended. Snell Library has also retained the print version of the Encyclopedia, which is housed in the Reference collection on the second floor of the library. For questions or for more information, please contact Debra Mandel at or 617-373-4902.

Multi-task to Music: Listen to Fabulous Jazz and Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

NU Libraries subscribes to wonderful online music services, easily accessed from our Video and Sound page. Here are some “hot off the press” destinations for your wandering mind: Jazz Music Library Update: Alexander Street Press just added 850 Blue Note label recordings to their Jazz Music Library. Blue Note, founded in 1939 and sold to EMI in 2006, includes diverse styles associated with “hard bop” jazz. To access these recordings and musician biographies, go to the Jazz Music Library. You can search by Blue Note. The new content includes releases by Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, Cassandra Wilson, Wynton Marsalis, Louis Prima, Nigel Kennedy, Bernadette Peters, and more. Great recordings include: * Duke Ellington Live at the Blue Note * The Complete Imperial Sessions: Sonny Criss * The Rudy van Gelder Edition CDs of Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Walter Davis Jr, Andrew Hill, Dexter Gordon, and more * Benny Green Live at the Village Vanguard * David Axelrod at Capitol Records (1966-1970) * The Complete Capitol Recordings of Art Tatum * The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Herbie Nichols * Kenny Burrell 75th Birthday Bash Live All of the new tracks run at both 192kbps and 320kbps bitrates. Smithsonian Global Sound Update: New Free Download! Smithsonian Global Sound, another marvelous listening service, features music from around the world. As part of a new bi-weekly tradition, Alexander Street and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings offer a free music download. September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Join in the celebration with a free download of “Paraguarí” performed by harp master Marcelo Rojas from the 2009 Smithsonian Folkways album Maiteí América: Harps of Paraguay. “Paraguarí” from Maiteí América: Harps of Paraguay (SFW40578) This track is owned by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and is available, free of charge, for a limited time only. Be sure to join their mailing list for regular email updates every time a new track becomes available. Stay tuned for more music updates!

Smithsonian Global Sound’s Mobile App is Here!

Smithsonian Global Sound, Alexander Street Press‘s “virtual encyclopedia of the world’s musical and aural traditions,” has three convenient ways to access recordings from your mobile phone. Select a track you wish to listen to, click on the mobile phone icon, and choose one of three methods for accessing the track (and entire album!) from your mobile device. Click on the screen shot below of the Cajun Home Music Album to see the pop-up help menu you will receive. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at Debra Mandel