Centro Nazionale Studi sul Jazz - Arrigo Polillo

INDEXING OF MUSICA JAZZ MAGAZINE

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Indexing of Musica Jazz

The Polillo Archive is the only Italian public library where the whole series of the most important and oldest Italian jazz magazine, "Musica Jazz", founded by Giancarlo Testoni in 1945 as "Musica & Jazz" and directed by Arrigo Polillo for many years, is kept and can be consulted.

"Musica Jazz", a major European jazz magazine, documents the establishment and development of jazz in Italy and Europe.

The service offered by the Polillo Archive is much more than simple consultation. The whole collection of the magazine has been indexed in detail for more than ten years: all names, places, festivals and discs mentioned in every issue are entered in a database that can be consulted online. The database is a unique resource for research into Italian jazz and jazz in Italy.
Of the many requests received, we were particularly honoured to help Maxine Gordon, widow of Dexter Gordon, in her research for information on concerts and recordings of the great saxophonist in Europe.

The project called for enormous investments of time, energy and resources, but is nearing completion. The years so far indexed are about two thirds of the 60 years of publication of the magazine. The issues already indexed are shown in the table below, and contain a total of 39207 articles.
In the database, articles can be searched by date, author or musician, and also by key words to facilitate searches on specific topics: instruments, styles, relationship with other arts and types of music, recordings, concert promotion, and so forth.
Once the articles of interest have been found, users can obtain them in other private or public libraries. Indeed, many enthusiasts use the site as a "virtual" index of their own collections of the magazine!

The Centre also offers the possibility of consulting literature or scanning and delivery by email, at a small fee per page. For further information and instructions, contact the Centre by email or telephone.

The index of "Musica Jazz" magazine currently includes the years indicated in the following table:




1945
1946
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996

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