100 YEARS OF JAZZ RECORDS ON
TJD Online includes over 42,800 leaders, over 212,600 recording sessions, over 1,200,000 musician entries, over 1,300,000 tune entries and over 400,000 record releases.
TJD Online also contains an extensive bibliography of other sources of jazz discography, listed alphabetically by author and by musician name.
For an abbreviated summary of leaders listed in TJD Online, 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 side of this page.
Scroll down for more details and to see sample screens of TJD Online.
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:
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 in color-coded main sections:
When the "Leader Index" button is selected the following screen appears, providing the overall leader picture allowing you to navigate quickly among the over 42,800 leaders included in TJD Online. Specific leaders can be quickly located by entering the leader's name in a pop-up dialogue box.
When a particular leader is selected, you need only 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.
A complete session index can be accessed by selecting the
"Session Index" button.
The following screen then appears:
This screen can be easily navigated by mouse or keyboard to find the desired session. Once the session is selected, 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:
The musician index can be easily navigated by mouse 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. The example below is for “Elvin Jones”.
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:
This screen can be easily navigated by mouse 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.
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).
After your selection has been made, the following session(s) details will appear on-screen:
In addition to the Multi-Search there is also a word search in TJD Online that allows you to search every field in the database with the following dialog box:
TJD Online allows you to search the whole database by date with the following dialog box:
By clicking on “Session: New/Updated” you arrive at the following screen which gives a line summary of new releases and session information that has changed in the database. There is a drop down menu allowing the user to select the number of days to view. In the line summary you simply click on the session number to go into the session detail.
By clicking on “Record Label Search” you will be able to select a Record Label name or Record Label name & release number in a dialog box. After selection the following typical screen will appear:
When you click on a Record Label name you then get a list of the release numbers in numerical order.
To go into details of the release, click on the release number.
Cataloging your collection - To easily and quickly catalog your record collection, search the database for your desired release. For example – go to the first Sonny Rollins “leader” session detail. At the top of the session there is an “Add” button. When you click on it a popup dialog screen appears as follows. Then you click on “Pick release” and scroll down to the release you want to catalog.
After selection, most of the details are automatically filled in as shown below. You can either fill in the other values or leave them blank.
After clicking “OK” the release is cataloged and it is listed in green font at the top of the session detail. See the screen below.
We have also added a “Select Tunes” feature to the cataloging system. This can be used for releases that are not listed in the database.
There is also the ability when cataloging to increase the size of the comments box. This allows you to scan in relevant information from the internet or other sources about the release and/or recording session.
When you click on “My Preferences” you are able to adjust the number of lines that show on index screens, the number of sessions to display on detail screens and adjust the font size for display purposes.
When you click on “My: Collection” (login to TJD Online with your admin user name and password for access) the following screen appears. This gives a line summary of your record collection. Your collection can be sorted by leader name, record company, location, condition and value. You are also able to search for any value in the listing. To see the session detail you simply click on the leader name against the session in question.
Once you have cataloged part or all of your collection you are able to do all the sorts and searches of the whole database “only” for your collection. Before doing the search you simply click
“My Sessions” in the tool bar as shown below.
To return to the full database you simply click on “Full Database” as shown below.
After you have done a particular search you can even switch back and forth between “Sessions” and “Full database”.
Important: If you don't need to catalog your record collection, you can use this feature to create a “want list” of records you want to add to your collection.