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100 YEARS OF JAZZ RECORDS ON ONE CD-ROM

With The Jazz Discography CD-ROM 18.0 you have instant access to accurate information on over 400,000 jazz releases from 1896 to today.

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Announcing

CD-ROM 18.0

Older CD-ROMs
Version 15.0 (2014)
Version 16.0 (2015)
Version 17.0 (2016)

Are Still
Available While
Supplies Last


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FIND ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT VIRTUALLY ANY JAZZ RECORD EVER RELEASED...

      • All recordings made by any particular bandleader
      • All the sidemen and the instruments they played
      • All recordings made by any particular sideman
      • Which musicians played with which bandleaders
      • Who recorded a particular tune, when, and where
      • The musicians who played with other musicians
      • Session recording dates and locations
      • Record companies and release numbers

      CD-ROM 18.0 includes over 47,370 leaders, over 233,001 recording sessions, over 1,338,329 musician entries and over 1,500,001 tune entries.

ADVANCED SEARCH FEATURES HELP YOU FIND EVERYTHING QUICKLY AND EASILY

  • Find information on specific recording sessions by any bandleader, musician or tune.
  • Do searches by individual leader, musician or tune to find specific recording sessions.
  • Search by individual leaders or groups for recordings issued under their own names.
  • Do multiple searches of up to 3 musicians and 3 tunes simultaneously.
  • Search for any musician playing with a specific bandleader.
  • Check the accuracy of recording information published on album and CD covers .
  • Check CD re-issues of original LPs to see if they contain additional tracks and to ensure you’re not purchasing an album you already own.
  • Find other versions or arrangements of tunes by searching all recordings of any tune.
  • Print up to 50 recording sessions of any search selection at one time, including indexes.
  • CD-ROM 18.0 also contains an extensive bibliography of other sources of jazz discography, listed alphabetically by author and by musician name.

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CD-ROM 18.0 has the same discographical information as the over 186,000 recordings sessions and over 2.1 million musician and tune entries published on the over 22,000 printed pages of Volumes 1 - 34. Content will be progressively updated by future versions of the CD-ROM.

Comparison Between CD-ROM Versions

Version 3.3 - Originally published in 2002. This version is identical in discographical content to the first 26 book volumes covering band leaders from A-Z.
Searches included: Leader, Session, Musician   Tune
Leaders - 23,000; Sessions - 132,000; Musicians - 700,000; Tunes - 700,000

Version 4.4 - Originally published in 2003. This version substantially updated many key leader sections such as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and many others. A Word search was added to the search software to allow searching for any word(s) in all the fields of the database.
Searches included: Leader, Session, Musician, Tune   Word Search
Leaders - 27,000; Sessions - 149,000; Musicians - 833,000; Tunes - 832,000

Version 5.0 - Originally published in 2004. This version substantially updated many key leader sections such as Benny Goodman and many others. A Multi-search function was added to allow searching for up to 3 musicians and 3 tunes at the same time.
Searches included: Leader, Session, Musician, Tune, Word Search   Multi-Search
Leaders - 29,000; Sessions - 155,000; Musicians - 900,000; Tunes - 900,000

Version 6.0 - Originally published in 2005. This version substantially updated many leader sessions. Overall date search added to search features.
Searches included: Leader, Session, Musician, Tune, Word Search, Multi-Search   Overall Date Search
Leaders - 31,000; Sessions - 160,000; Musicians - 950,000; Tunes - 950,000

Version 7.0 - Originally published in 2006. This version substantially updated many more leader sessions and added another 10,000 recording sessions.
Searches included: Leader, Session, Musician, Tune, Word Search, Multi-Search   Overall Date Search
Leaders - 32,000; Sessions - 170,000; Musicians - 995,000; Tunes - 997,000

Version 8.0 - Originally published in 2007. This version substantially updated many more leader sessions and added almost another 10,000 recording sessions.
Searches included: Leader, Session, Musician, Tune, Word Search, Multi-Search   Overall Date Search
Leaders - 34,100; Sessions - 179,000; Musicians - 1,013,000; Tunes - 1,054,000

Version 9.0 - Originally published in 2008. This version substantially updated many more leader sessions and added another 7000 recording sessions.
Searches included: Leader, Session, Musician, Tune, Word Search, Multi-Search   Overall Date Search
Leaders - 36,000; Sessions - 186,600; Musicians - 1,060,460; Tunes - 1,119,812

Version 10.0 - Originally published in 2009. This version substantially updated many more leader sessions and added another 4000 recording sessions.
Searches included: Leader, Session, Musician, Tune, Word Search, Multi-Search   Overall Date Search
Leaders - 37,200; Sessions - 190,600; Musicians - 1,083,000; Tunes - 1,152,600

Version 11.0 - Originally published in 2010. This version substantially updated many more leader sessions and added another 5000 recording sessions.
Searches included: Leader, Session, Musician, Tune, Word Search, Multi-Search   Overall Date Search
Leaders - 38,500; Sessions - 195,400; Musicians - 1,111,000; Tunes - 1,192,200

Version 12.0 - Originally published in 2011. This version substantially updated many more leader sessions and added another 5000 recording sessions.
Searches included: Leader, Session, Musician, Tune, Word Search, Multi-Search   Overall Date Search
Leaders - 38,800; Sessions - 200,300; Musicians - 1,137,000; Tunes - 1,232,000

Version 13.0 - Originally published in 2012. This version substantially updated many more leader sessions and added another 7000 recording sessions.
Searches included: Leader, Session, Musician, Tune, Word Search, Multi-Search   Overall Date Search
Leaders - 41,000; Sessions - 207,000; Musicians - 1,170,000; Tunes - 1,287,000

Version 14.0 - Originally published in 2013. This version substantially updated many more leader sessions and added another 5500 recording sessions.
Searches included: Leader, Session, Musician, Tune, Word Search, Multi-Search   Overall Date Search
Leaders - 42,800; Sessions - 212,500; Musicians - 1,210,000; Tunes - 1,300,000

Version 15.0 - Originally published in 2014. This version substantially updated many more leader sessions and added another 4500 recording sessions.
Searches included: Leader, Session, Musician, Tune, Word Search, Multi-Search   Overall Date Search
Leaders - 43,800; Sessions - 217,000; Musicians - 1,240,000; Tunes - 1,374,000

Version 16.0 - Originally published in 2015. This version substantially updated many more leader sessions and added another 6000 recording sessions.
Searches included: Leader, Session, Musician, Tune, Word Search, Multi-Search   Overall Date Search
Leaders - 45,200; Sessions - 223,000; Musicians - 1,279,000; Tunes - 1,422,800

Version 17.0 - Originally published in 2016. This version substantially updated many more leader sessions and added another 5700 recording sessions.
Searches included: Leader, Session, Musician, Tune, Word Search, Multi-Search   Overall Date Search
Leaders - 46,500; Sessions - 228,700; Musicians - 1,312,700; Tunes - 1,466,600

Version 18.0 - Originally published in 2017. This version substantially updated many more leader sessions and added another 4300 recording sessions.
Searches included: Leader, Session, Musician, Tune, Word Search, Multi-Search   Overall Date Search
Leaders - 47,370; Sessions - 233,001; Musicians - 1,338,329; Tunes - 1,500,001

For an abbreviated summary of leaders on the CD-ROM Version 18.0, view the BOOKS page.
For a more complete list of musicians and tunes, click on the MUSICIAN INDEX and TUNE INDEX buttons in the header bar at the left of this page.

Scroll down for more details and to see sample screens of the CD-ROM.

Minimum System Requirements

 PC
 Mac
CD-ROM Version 15.0, 16.0, 17.0 & 18.0  Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10  OS X 10.4 and above
Hard Drive Space  600 MB  600 MB


The JAZZ Discography CD-ROM has been carefully designed
to maximize user-friendliness...

When the program first loads, The JAZZ Discography logo appears on the screen with a tool bar, as shown below. Moving around between various screens is easy and can be accomplished by mouse or keyboard Page Up/Page Down and Arrow keys:

Opening screenshot

Note: All screens shown here were created in 1024 x 768 mode.
If your computer is running in 800 x 600 mode, the screen will have a slightly different appearance but the discographical information will be unchanged

The Tool Bar is organized into five color-coded main sections:


Leader button Session button Musician button Tune button Multi-search button

When the "Leader Index" button is selected the following screen appears, providing the overall leader picture allowing you to navigate quickly among the 38,800 leaders included in this version of the CD-ROM. Specific leaders can be quickly located by entering the leader's name in a pop-up dialogue box.

Leader Index screenshot

When a particular leader is selected, you need only press ENTER or click with the mouse to access the "Leader Detail" section. The screen below then appears. In this example, Art Pepper is the selected leader. The first recording session in the Art Pepper leader section appears at the top of the screen. Subsequent Art Pepper sessions follow in chronological order.

Art Pepper screenshot

A complete sessions index can be accessed by selecting the "Session Index" button.

The following screen then appears:

Art Pepper sessions screenshot

This screen can be easily navigated by mouse or keyboard to find the desired session. Once the session is selected, press ENTER or click the mouse to re-enter the "Leader Detail" section. The desired session will appear at the top of the screen.

A complete musician index can be accessed by selecting the "Musician Index" button. The following screen then appears, showing the selected musician name, instrument(s) played and number of sessions in which he/she appears:

Musicians Index screenshot

The musician index can be easily navigated by mouse or keyboard to find the desired musician. Once the musician is selected, press ENTER or click the mouse to enter the "Musician Detail" section shown below. This screen is similar to the "Leader Detail" screen above, except that it contains all the sessions in which the musician appeared.

Elvin Jones screenshot

A complete tune name index can be accessed by selecting the "Tune Index" button.
The following screen then appears, showing the tune name and the number of sessions it appears in:

Tune Index screenshot

This screen can be easily navigated by mouse or keyboard to find the desired tune. Once the tune is selected, press ENTER or click the mouse to enter the "Tune Detail" section shown below. This screen is similar to the "Leader Detail" screen, except it shows all sessions at which the tune was recorded.

Tune Detail screenshot

By clicking on the "Multi-search" button the following dialog box will appear.
This box allows you to search multiple musician and tune names (up to 3 of each).

Multi-search dialog box screenshot

After your selection has been made the following session(s) details will appear on-screen:

Multi-search results screenshot

In addition to the Multi-Search there is also a word search in CD-ROM Version 18.0 that allows you to search every field in the database with the following dialog box:

CD-ROM 18.0 allows you to search the whole database by date with the following dialog box:

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