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The Institute of Jazz Studies, located on the 4th floor of the Dana Library, is the largest and most comprehensive library and archive of jazz and jazz-related materials in the world. The collection includes material relating to the history of jazz in Newark. Newark Jazz Materials [From the Newark Archives Project]
"A Photo Gallery: The Institute of Jazz Studies Celebrates Its First Fifty Years," Annual Review of Jazz Studies 12, 2002, pp.117-134.
Barbara J. Kukla. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1991.
Discusses Newark as a center for African American music and entertainment in the the first half of the 20th century. Based on interviews with musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, bartenders, waitresses and nightclub owners and their families. Available?2002 Available?
America's Music: Jazz in Newark
Barbara J. Kukla. West Orange, NJ, Swing City Press, 2014
Jazz in Newark from the 1920s to the present. Includes the stories of locally know artists as well as nationally celebrated Newark musicians. Available?
My Fifty-Two Years in the Music Business in Newark, N.J., 1902-1954
Henry F. Mutschler. Illustrated manuscript in the Cummings New Jersey Information Center collection at the Newark Public Library.
"This typescript history...is filled with detailed accounts of the music teachers of Newark and surrounding towns, of music festivals, music clubs and societies, virtuoso performances, music promoters like Joseph Fuerstman, music in the schools, Works Progress Administration (WPA) music programs, theaters and vaudeville houses, and of the craze for movie theaters...." More... [From the Newark Archives Project]
"Short biographical documentary on ragtime/stride/early jazz pianist and composer Willie 'The Lion' Smith, with special focus on the Newark, New Jersey music scene in the early part of the century." Available?
Sounds of Music: The Dolores Collins Benjamin Story.
Barbara J. Kukla. West Orange, N.J., Swing City Press, 2007.
Dolores Collins Benjamin was the founder (1939) and first director of Newark's North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club. Available?
[The Early Years of Savoy Records]. [Videorecording] 1998
The early history of Newark-based Savoy Records, one of the most important record labels in the history of jazz and gospel. Available?
Special section consists of: Heard, Nathan C. "Remembrances of Little Jimmy Scott in Newark in the 1950s," pp.46-55. Mendelsohn, Fred. "Maybelle, Freddie, & Herman," pp.56-65. ["Big Maybelle", Fred Mendelsohn, and Herman Lubinsky] Candena, Ozzie. "Jimmy, Ozzie, & Herman," pp.66-73. [Ozzie Candena, Jimmy Scott, and Herman Lubinsky] Available?
"Spirit and Redemption: The Soul of Jimmy Scott,"
Gary Jardim. Blue Newark Culture 1990, 74-93. Available?
Faith in Time: The Life of Jimmy Scott.
David Ritz. Cambridge, MA, Da Capo Press, 2002. Available?
"Blue Coda: The Triumph of Jimmy Scott, "
Gary Jardim. Blue Newark Culture 1993, 156-160. Available?
Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter
Michelle Mercer. New York, J.P.Tarcher/Penguin, 2007.
Sean Daniel Singer. Thesis (Ph.D.). Rutgers University, 2013.
Focuses on five Newark-born artists to show how close attentive readings of their work can reveal fresh thinking about urban problems. Looks at poet Amiri Baraka and novelist Philip Roth; jazz trombonist Grachan Moncur III; poet Lynda Hull; and photographer Helen Stummer. Available?
[Club Music in Newark],
Blue Newark Culture 1993, 93-155.
Jardim, Gary. "Preface," pp.93-95.
"Club Music as a form is rooted in disco, but it came into its own in the '80s as underground black dance music after disco's commercial peak...club was by far the most popular art form in Newark during the 1980s."
Hedge, Kevin. "Growing Up with Club Music in Newark," pp.96-111.
Mungin, Ace, Kelton Cooper, and Dave Slade. "The Roots of Club Music in Newark," pp. 112-125.
Hayes, Shelton. "The Club," pp. 126-134. [LeJoc and Club Zanzibar]
Albert Murphy, Newark's Poet of Style," pp.135-141. [Photoessay]
Jardim, Gary. "Al Murphy and the Club Music Aesthetic," pp. 143-155. Available?
A Journey Through the House: Photo Memoirs of Club Zanzibar
Vincent Bryant. Createspace, 2014.
Newark's legendary dance club of the 1970s and 80s. Available?
"Sanctuary is a collaboration between the Queer Newark Oral History Project of Rutgers University-Newark, Yendor Productions, and the LGBT community of Newark to explore, document, and exhibit the city’s club scene."
Niamo Mu'id. Socialism and Democracy 18 (2), July 2004, pp. 221-229.
The the first National Hip Hop Political Convention was held in Newark from Wednesday June 16 through Saturday June 19, 2004. The meeting included delegates from 20 states that put forth a five point national agenda that listed the issues and political demands of the Hip Hop Generation. Rutgers-restricted Access
Theater and Film
Outside Broadway: A History of the Professional Theater in Newark, New Jersey, From the Beginning to 1867.
Lester L. Moore. Metuchen, N.J., Scarecrow Press, 1970. Available?
Movie Houses of Greater Newark.
Philip M. Read. Arcadia Publishing, 2013. Available?
Newark Public Library collection (Main N.J. Ref. MG NWK Music). Primarily concert programs plus sheet music, organization minutes, receipts, etc.
Musicians Guild of Essex County Records, 1901-ca. 1983.
"Office files of the Musicians Guild of Essex County...Membership included musicians playing with bands and groups, individual performers, members of classical orchestras, and others. Several boxes consist of routine material such as copies of recording contracts, insurance policies, utility bills, mailings from the national union (based in New York City), benefit fund records, ledgers, etc. Other portions of the collection are rich in details of union history (including intra-union conflicts) and the lives and careers of individual musicians." More from the Newark Archives Projects