Public Domain Jazz

Despite being a long-living and rich musical style, Jazz is commercially undermined by the fact that most Jazz records with good recording quality are ridiculously expensive, and the market astonishing controlled by major labels, more interested in profit than in Jazz, their artists and their fans. With that in mind, the "Public Domain Jazz" project appeared, with the intention of creating an "as affordable as free is" compilation of great Jazz tracks that any person can have, making not only a fair deal to the Jazz listener, but also giving Jazz back to its own spirit.

If you like any of these tracks, remember that they are in Public Domain: you're free to do with them everything you want, including giving it to your friends. Also, there are many more where these came from: feel free to explore the Free World of Jazz.

This compilation is dedicated to Paula Simões.


  1. Anonymous10:59 AM

    The musics are really good! Thank you so much!!

  2. Anonymous3:51 AM

    How did you confirm all of these recordings are in the public domain? The following article and my knowledge of copyright law makes me doubt your claim that all of these songs are in the public domain: http://www.pdinfo.com/record.php
    (I've confirmed its truth by researching the original government statutes.)

  3. Anonymous9:52 AM

    @Anonymous: You may be right about the status of these recordings under United States law. However, under European law copyright on a sound recording lasts only 50 years.

  4. Anonymous4:30 AM

    there is no such thing as a public domain recording in the United States. While the intellectual property may be in the public domain (the actual song) the recordings of these songs are not. They are the property of the recording companies etc. that produced them or that bought the rights to them later. Free use of these and all recordings is against the law

  5. Against the United State laws, right? This record is released in Europe, under the European laws. Anyway, if you have doubts about any legal aspect of this compilation, feel free to contact a lawyer - it might be the best thing you have to do.