New Resource: The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

Posted by: Debra Mandel


NU Libraries is proud to announce our subscription to Alexander Street Press’s The Garland Encyclopedia of Music Online which is now available to the NU Community on or off campus.

This comprehensive resource on the study of world music provides access to scholarly content, includes images, and a nine-volume CD collection. Search and browse through a range of genres and indexes, utilize playlists, and create your own playlists.

Go to this link to learn more For best performance Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or Firefox 3.5 or higher are recommended.

Snell Library has also retained the print version of the Encyclopedia, which is housed in the Reference collection on the second floor of the library.

For questions or for more information, please contact Debra Mandel at or 617-373-4902.

Posted in: Library News and Events, Music, Research Online


Listen to Grammy Award Winners

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian


There were some surprises last night at the Grammy Awards, and you’ll be surprised that some of the award-winners and their recordings can be found at the Snell Library, too!

The best new artist of the year, Esperanza Spalding, is featured on a 4-DVD set available at the Snell Library called “Icons Among us: Jazz in the Present Tense.”

For pop and r&b artists, we may not have the winning recordings but we do have some CDs and DVDs featuring Jeff Beck, Eminem, John Legend, and Neil Young. Intriguingly, we happen to have a recording by the Nor’easters, Northeastern’s a cappella group, of a Lady Gaga medley.

In the classical category, you can find the multi-award winning Metropolis Symphony and Deus Ex Machina by Michael Daugherty (Best Engineered Classical, Best Orchestral Performance, Best Classical Contemporary) streaming online from Naxos. I admit I have my issues with contemporary classical but I really liked Metropolis (which is based on the Superman Comics) a lot; it has great energy and is modern in the best sense, with echoes of Gershwin.

Naxos also streams the Parker Quartet’s Ligeti’s String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 (Best Chamber Music Performance) and P. Jacobs’ organ recording of Messiaen’s Livre du Saint Sacrement (Best Instrumental Soloist).

We’ve also got recordings by these award-winners:

If watching the Grammy Awards made you want to expand your horizons, scratch that itch at the Snell Library!

Posted in: Music, Read, Listen, Watch, Serendipity


Musical Talents of Snell’s Own David Jachimiak

Posted by: Anthony


David Jachimiak, a staff member of Snell Library, is also an extremely talented and experienced musician. Jachimiak studied music education and received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia in 2006, and later went on to receive his master’s degree in jazz performance from the University of Miami in 2009. Additionally, he is an alumnus of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ jazz residency program, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead.

He specializes in saxophone, and has played with a plethora of musical acts over the years, including The Drifters, Steve and Lindley Band, Michael Thomas, Troy Roberts, Michael Feinberg, Gary Keller and Adonis Rose. He also volunteered a jazz performance with his group, the Dave Jachimiak Quartet, at afterHOURS for Northeastern’s Music & Entertainment Industry Student Association’s (MEISA) Jazz Night. 

Most recently, Jachimiak has spent his time writing songs and playing bass with Opal Puckett, a new upstart rock band. 

Visit YouTube to watch some of Jachimiak’s performances.

Posted in: Music, Read, Listen, Watch


RIP Joan Sutherland

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian


We were saddened to hear about the death of the famous Australian soprano Joan Sutherland last week, at the age of 83. She was known for her big voice and mastery of bel canto repertoire. I first heard her by accident, on a recording of the works of Elgar, which I loved for Jacqueline Du Pre’s playing of the Cello Concerto. Anyway, on that same disc, you can hear Sutherland singing Elgar’s “Sea Pictures,” a lovely introspective and quite modern-sounding suite of songs.

A biography of Sutherland is available in Grove Music Online, and you can stream recordings of Sutherland singing with Luciano Pavarotti, with Sutherland’s husband Richard Bonynge conducting, in Naxos Music Library online.

Posted in: Music, Read, Listen, Watch


Multi-task to Music: Listen to Fabulous Jazz and Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted by: Debra Mandel


NU Libraries subscribes to wonderful online music services, easily accessed from our Video and Sound page.

Here are some “hot off the press” destinations for your wandering mind:

Jazz Music Library Update:
Alexander Street Press just added 850 Blue Note label recordings to their Jazz Music Library. Blue Note, founded in 1939 and sold to EMI in 2006, includes diverse styles associated with “hard bop” jazz.

To access these recordings and musician biographies, go to the Jazz Music Library. You can search by Blue Note.

The new content includes releases by Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, Cassandra Wilson, Wynton Marsalis, Louis Prima, Nigel Kennedy, Bernadette Peters, and more. Great recordings include:

* Duke Ellington Live at the Blue Note
* The Complete Imperial Sessions: Sonny Criss
* The Rudy van Gelder Edition CDs of Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Walter Davis Jr, Andrew Hill, Dexter Gordon, and more
* Benny Green Live at the Village Vanguard
* David Axelrod at Capitol Records (1966-1970)
* The Complete Capitol Recordings of Art Tatum
* The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Herbie Nichols
* Kenny Burrell 75th Birthday Bash Live

All of the new tracks run at both 192kbps and 320kbps bitrates.

Smithsonian Global Sound Update: New Free Download!
Smithsonian Global Sound, another marvelous listening service, features music from around the world. As part of a new bi-weekly tradition, Alexander Street and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings offer a free music download.

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Join in the celebration with a free download of “Paraguarí” performed by harp master Marcelo Rojas from the 2009 Smithsonian Folkways album Maiteí América: Harps of Paraguay.

“Paraguarí” from Maiteí América: Harps of Paraguay (SFW40578)

This track is owned by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and is available, free of charge, for a limited time only. Be sure to join their mailing list for regular email updates every time a new track becomes available.

Stay tuned for more music updates!

Posted in: Library News and Events, Music, Serendipity