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The National Jazz Archive journal collection is unique and of international importance. It consists of original source material which tells the story of jazz as it happened in a way that no other medium can. We have over 800 titles dating back to the 1920s. They include all English language journals such as Melody Maker, Downbeat, Jazz Journal, Blues World, Jazzwise and Crescendo along with many rare fanzines, newsletters and other treasures.

Our satellite collection in Birmingham holds a comprehensive collection of foreign language journals.

Here you can explore 23 journals, magazines and newsletters published in the UK between 1935 and 2013. These were digitised during the Heritage Lottery Funded Story of British Jazz project. They are accessible in both fully searchable pdf and OCR-text formats . Several other digitised journals can be accessed in the Archive.

Select a journal issue, then you can scroll through the pages using the arrows at each side or search for keywords to find particular names or places.

An inventory of all journals, magazines and newsletters held by the National Jazz Archive  can be viewed in the bibliography section of our catalogue here



Every effort has been made to ensure that the images displayed on our website are done so fairly, and not in breach of copyright. If you do not believe this to be the case, please contact us.

Due to copyright restrictions, some digitised items cannot be viewed over the internet: these are indicated by the National Jazz Archive logo. However, you can view them online by visiting the Archive. To arrange a visit call 0208 502 4701, email or use our contact form provided here.