Jazz Archive

Library Male Student With Vinyl Albums

The library’s Jazz Archive contains a range of materials including:

Ted Heath collections

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

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.

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.


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

Make a donation

We are currently only able to consider taking collections of manuscript music that are significant on a national level, or collections that tell the story of jazz in Yorkshire.

Visiting the archive

Anyone wishing to visit should contact the library. Visits cannot be arranged outside the opening times listed on the main library web page, and visitors without appointments will be turned away.

For more information, or to arrange a visit to the archive, please email the library.

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