Jazz Archive

The library is home to the Conservatoire's Jazz Archive, opened by Digby Fairweather in 1990, which holds original manuscripts, printed music and valuable collections of biographical files as well as a wide range of recordings.

Details of how to access the Jazz Archive.


Ted Heath Collections

Ted Heath led Britain's greatest post-war big band. His manuscript band scores and parts are kept at LCoM. The Ted Heath Music Appreciation Society archive complements this collection.

Reel to reel tapes

The archive holds tapes of around 5,000 hours of recordings of Duke Ellington on reel-to-reel tape, some of which have never been made available commercially.

Max Abrams Diaries

Max Abrams' diaries, scrapbooks and correspondence give a detailed insight into the life of this well-known drum teacher, who fixed jobs for his students with the top big bands.


There are many thousands of recordings available in the archive, including 33rpm albums, 78rpm discs, home-recorded cassette tapes and a huge CD collection.

Joe Daniels Band Sets

Joe Daniels's drumming career lasted from the 1920s to the 1970s. The archive holds his score collection, which includes both original and published arrangements.

Ronnie Aldrich Band Sets

Ronnie Aldrich was the pianist in The Squadronaires, from 1940. He was later famous for his Phase 4 stereo recordings, exploiting the stereo possibilities of two pianos. His scores are kept in the Jazz Archive.

Further Education

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