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Though it's been nearly 100 years since jazz first made its way into clubs and dance halls, its history is a relatively short one--but by no means uneventful. Thousands of entries on jazz are available on Oxford Reference alone, and the list of influential musicians and vocalists is staggering. This month, explore the people behind this revolution in music history, keeping in mind the words of John Philip Sousa:


Jazz will endure,

as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.


Scott Joplin - Charles “Buddy” Bolden - Duke Ellington  Louis Armstrong - Joe Venuti - Nina Simone - Miles Davis - Fats Waller - Charlie Parker - Chet Baker - Ella Fitzgerald - Wynton Marsalis - John Coltrane - Dave Brubeck - Dizzy Gillespie - Billie Holiday - Thelonious Monk - Dinah Washington -  Art Tatum  - Benny Goodman

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March 20, 2014

Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

The 5th edition of this popular title, under the editorship of writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, is now available on Reference Library.  Includes 1,000 new quotations. Follow the link to learn more.

March 12, 2014

This month, thank a social worker

Oxford Reference is proud to participate in Social Work Month 2014 with the National Association of Social Workers, Oxford's co-publisher on the Encyclopedia of Social Work 20th Edition. Explore the full list of accessible social work entries across Oxford Reference and a number of other Oxford online resources!

February 7, 2014

OR Celebrates Black History Month

Explore a collection of notable quotations from some of history's most prominent African Americans. Follow the link for a list of this month's freely available content including the complete Oxford Essential Quotations.