From the Freegal Files

Rosedale Library

From the Freegal Files

Celebrate Black History Month with Jazz Classics

If you are unfamiliar with Freegal, it is a service provided through the DC Public Library that allows you to download three mp3s per week, which are then yours to keep forever — they do not need to be returned and they will never expire.

In honor of Black History Month, check out Freegal's collection of Jazz classics.  We have highlighted some great selections here, but you can find more by logging into Freegal with your DC library card and selecting "Jazz" under the genre tab.

Very Best of Duke Ellington
Key Tracks:


  • "Mood Indigo"
  • "The Mooche"
  • "Take the 'A' Train"
  • "Chelsea Bridge"
Duke Ellington
The Very Best of Duke Ellington
Louis Armstrong - The Great Chicago Concert
Key Tracks:


  • "On the Sunny Side of the Street"
  • "Perdido"
  • "Mack the Knife"
  • "When the Saints Go Marching In"
Louis Armstrong
The Great Chicago Concert (1956)
Billie Holiday - Lady Day
Key Tracks:


  • "Summertime"
  • "If You Were Mine"
  • "No Regrets"
  • "Billie's Blues"
Billie Holiday
Lady Day
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Key Tracks:


  • "So What"
  • "Freddie Freeloader"
  • "Blue in Green"
  • "Flamenco Sketches"
Miles Davis
Kind of Blue
Nina Simone - Black Gold
Key Tracks:


  • "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair"
  • "Ain't Got No—I Got Life"
  • "To Be Young, Gifted and Black"
  • "Who Knows Where the Time Goes"
Nina Simone
Black Gold


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