In honor of African American History month, our featured database is African American Song.

African American Song covers jazz, blues, gospel and other forms from the African American musical tradition. It is a fully searchable resource and includes tens of thousands of licensed recordings that users can listen to online. 

Simply Browse, search, click and listen to music.

Over 50,000 tracks are available for your listening enjoyment, and more are added every month. You'll also have access to biographies of performers from Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie to Muddy Waters and Memphis Minnie. 

African American Song contains:

  • the entire catalog of Document Records, the world's largest collection of rare and vintage blues, jazz, gospel, spiritual boogie-woogie and country recordings
  • recordings from the late 19th century including the Fisk Jubilee Singers from Victor Records
  • recordings from the Alan Lomax collection, famous folklorist from the 1930s-1960s
  • artists from the Chicago based Delmark Records, a major jazz and blues label

In addition to be being able to search or browse, African American Song offers pre-selected playlists arranged around various themes and categories, including time periods, instruments and ensembles. 

Major music labels feature performers such as:

  • Sophie Tucker
  • Joe Turner
  • T-Bone Walker
  • Sarah Vaughn
  • Cripple Clarence Lofton
  • Big Joe Williams
  • Memphis Jug Band
  • and many others

African American Song is great for students, teachers, and anyone wanting to learn more about music history. 

Start listening today!

To use, simply sign up for a library computer or connect directly from your home/office computer with your library card and a PIN .

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