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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 Seattle Times , 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 or 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.

Streaming Jazz

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!

Featured Artist
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.


Featured Book

Bossa Nova: The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World

Ruy Castro
781.6409 CAS

Hard to believe that the bossa nova sound, universally recognized as one of Brazil's finest exports, was actually considered controversial at first. This book offers some great anecdotes about the original artists and composers involved in the creation of this wonderful music.

Featured DVD

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.

Upcoming Concerts

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2014 Scholarship Applications

The Manieri Jazz & Swing music endowment of the Anacortes Public Library Foundation is offering scholarships in three categories:

  • College Student Scholarship - a one year scholarship of up to $1000 for music students who are active in jazz / swing performance, who are in need of financial assistance, and who will be attending college during academic year 2014-2015;
  • Jazz Camp Scholarship - a one time scholarship of up to $500 to individuals who are active in jazz / swing performance, who are in need of financial assistance, and who want to attend a music camp during summer 2014 or academic year 2014-2015; and
  • Teacher's Continuing Education Scholarship - a one time scholarship of up to $1000 for music teachers who are active participants in, or who want to expand their knowledge of, the instruction of jazz and swing music during summer 2014 or academic year 2014-2015.

Students and teachers of Western Skagit County may apply here. Priority will be given to students and teachers of the Anacortes School District.

Deadlines for postmarked applications are:

  • April 25, 2014 for the College Student Scholarship; winners will be notified by May 5;
  • April 25, 2014 for the Teacher's Continuing Education Scholarship; winners will be notified by May 5;
  • April 25, 2014 for the Jazz Camp Scholarship; winners will be notified by May 5.

Scholarship winners may be featured in our 2nd Sunday Jazz at the Library performance.

Questions? 360-293-1910 ext. 21 or

2013 Scholarship Winners

The Manieri Jazz & Swing Endowment of the Anacortes Public Library announces the winners of scholarships to students of the Western Skagit County region who are active in jazz and swing music. We are proud to say that the endowment received a number of worthy applications. The 2013 winners are:

College Scholarship:

Jakob Yansen: $1000
Jakob plays all saxophones, clarinet & electric bass in the Mt. Vernon High School Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Combo & SJMEA Honor Band. He also performs with the band Mercury Radio and has participated in numerous festivals and concerts, including performing for two of the Anacortes Public Library 2nd Sunday Jazz concerts. He has strong letters of recommendation praising his talent & ability from instructors and fellow musicians. He plans to go to the University of Nevada Las Vegas and major in Jazz Studies and ultimately establish himself in performance and the music industry.

Mikalah Barem: $1000
Mikalah is a Mt. Vernon High School senior whose focus is on piano, voice and percussion. She plays with the MVHS Jazz Band, the Skagit Community Band and the Skagit Community Big Band; sings in numerous jazz ensembles and choirs, including the MVHS Jazz/Chamber Choir; has participated in classes, workshops and festivals too numerous to mention; and performs in numerous volunteer events. Her enthusiastic recommendations all speak to her dedication, ability and generosity in helping other students, most often as an accompanist. Mikalah plans to attend Willamette University, major in Musical Performance, Composition, or Education and become a performer and possibly an educator at the college level.

Rene Cruz Martinez: $1000
Rene plays trumpet, piano & guitar in the Skagit Valley College Jazz Band Ensemble, but also plays mariachi and classical music. His letters of recommendation from instructors all tell the story of a young man who is brimming with enthusiasm and dedication. He plans to continue at Skagit Valley College, then transfer to Western Washington University where he will major in Music and go on to become a music teacher. He will always continue performing.

Teacher's Continuing Education:

Ian Simensen: $1000
Ian is the band teacher for all Anacortes schools. He teaches beginning band at the elementary schools; middle school band & jazz band; and all the high school bands, from marching band to bands for theatrical productions, to the jazz ensemble. Ian has organized performances to raise money for new band uniforms and a multi-district performance including jazz ensembles from 7 nearby school districts. His letters of recommendation all praise his tireless work in bringing the band programs in Anacortes up to a very high standard, being instrumental in founding the A-Town Big Band, in which he plays trumpet, and his recent honor in receiving the Brodniak Award. Ian is pursuing his master's degree in Instrumental Conducting through the American Band College, and the Manieri Endowment is very proud to support him.

The Manieri Endowment Advisory Board and the Jazz Committee honored the scholarship winners at their meeting on Monday, June 3, 5pm, at the Anacortes Public Library. A representative of the Manieri Advisory board presented the awards to the recipients.

Click here to view the Go Anacortes article about scholarships.