Welcome to Jazz & Swing at the Anacortes Public Library, located in NW Washington.
The Library features the Manieri Jazz & Swing collection, specially chosen books, CDs & DVDs on the uniquely American art of jazz & swing music. This collection is funded by a generous endowment from the Dominic & Patricia Manieri estate & has been carefully selected by Paul de Barros, jazz critic for the
, and John Gilbreath, executive director of Seattle's respected Earshot Jazz organization.
The Manieri Jazz & Swing collection represents the entire history of jazz, from the juke joints & cathouses of New Orleans to the swank modern jazz clubs of New York & Chicago. The items in the collection are available for check-out by Library patrons.
Through the Manieri endowment, the Library also
- Sponsors local jazz events, including free concerts at the Library on the 2nd Sunday of each month;
- Fosters jazz education in area public schools through grants & scholarships; &
- Encourages the preservation & proliferation of jazz & swing through education, entertainment & the collection itself.
Get jazzed & enjoy the website!
Listen to jazz music online through our newest database, the Jazz Music Library.
This is the largest online collection of jazz available anywhere with over 120,000 recordings. The music is streaming audio for listening on computers or mobile devices. Create playlists and return to favorite recordings any time. A 14-digit library card is needed for access to the database, which is available from the library website library.cityofanacortes.org or www.jazzatthelibrary.com. Please call the library for assistance getting started. This database is a compliment to our extensive Jazz CD collection. Both are made possible through the Manieri Bequest for jazz and swing.
NAXOS Music Library Jazz is an invaluable resource for jazz enthusiasts. You will find renowned Jazz labels, first-class performance and sound, and you will have access anytime, anywhere that you have an internet connection. Every track is instantly accessible at the click of a mouse and you can build playlists of your favorites.
To log in, use your 14-digit library card number. If your card has a 5-digit bar code, please stop by the Library for an updated card.
Click on the logo below, log in and enjoy!
Curtis Lee Mayfield
You are right. The music of Curtis Mayfield is not considered JAZZ. Yet he has influenced those who are considered jazz. In fact he has influenced many a genre as can be witnessed by the successful cover songs and numerous tribute albums released by other artists. Certainly he was more established as an African-American soul, R&B, and funk singer, songwriter, and record producer. Curtis Mayfield is also remembered for his 1960s Mo-town sound with The Impressions and his anthem style music during the Civil Rights Movement and today is regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious African-American music. To top it all he was also a multi-instrumentalist who competently played the guitar, bass, piano, saxophone, and drums. His solo career peaked commercially and critically when he composed the soundtrack to the “blaxploitation” film Super Fly. The whole soundtrack stood alone as a musical release with or without the movie. Super Fly sold over one million copies and was awarded gold discs by the R.I.A.A (Recording Industry Association of America). Mayfield's lyrics often consisted of somewhat gritty hard-hitting commentary on the state of affairs in black, urban ghettos at the time. Bob Donat wrote in Rolling Stone Magazine in 1972 that the anti-drug message on Mayfield's soundtrack is far stronger and more definite despite what may be portrayed in the film. Along with Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and Stevie Wonder's Innervisions, Super Fly ushered in a new socially conscious, funky, popular, soul music that mirrored a comparable movement within the jazz scene.
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Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Live '63 & '67
DVD R (Manieri Collection)
You might think Rahsaan Roland Kirk was some kind of novelty act, seeing him on stage wearing 2 or 3 saxophones plus several whistles and other horns, but his artistry shines through in this illuminating pair of concerts. Kirk's mastery of multiple instruments and circular breathing are all on display here.