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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 Winners

Jazz & Swing Scholarship Winners for 2014
Manieri Jazz & Swing Endowment
Anacortes Public Library
1220 Tenth Street

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/or swing music. We are proud to say that the endowment received a number of worthy applications. This year's winners are:

College Scholarship:

Jackson Burgess: $1000
Jack plays percussion and vibraphone in the Anacortes High School Jazz Band and has written some songs of his own. He is in the AHS Marching Band/Drumline, Percussion Ensemble, and Symphonic Band. Jack also has done guest performances with A-Town Big Band, the Savage Jazz Quartet, and the Skagit All Star Jazz. He has strong letters of recommendation praising his talent and ability from instructors and fellow musicians. He plans to go to the Cornish College of the Arts and "immerse myself in Jazz . . . I want to share it with everyone who will listen."

Amy Feeney: $1000
Amy is a Mt. Vernon High School senior whose focus is on upright bass, tuba, and also choir. She plays with the MVHS Jazz Band, the Skagit All Star Jazz Band, and has participated in numerous workshops and festivals. Amy won an Emerging Young Artist award for a notable performance at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. She performs in numerous volunteer events. Her enthusiastic recommendations all talk about her dedication and ability, and also her stellar academic record. Amy plans to attend Western Washington University, major in music, and to go on to perform and teach.

Miles Anderson: $500
Miles plays Trumpet in the Anacortes High School Jazz Band, the Skagit All-Star Jazz Band, and the Fidalgo Youth Symphony (on both trumpet and cello). His letters of recommendation from instructors and conductors all speak of his talent and commitment to music which spills over into working with other musicians, young and old, and volunteering to make productions run smoothly. Miles plans to go to Western Washington University with an undetermined major, but says that "music will always be a part of my life."

Simon Marks-Franks: $500
Simon lives in Rockport and is a full-time Running Start student at Skagit Valley College whose focus is on clarinet, trumpet, and saxophone. He started playing jazz at Concrete High School and now plays with the Skagit Valley College Jazz Ensemble, the SVC Jazz Choir, and the pit band for SVC theatrical productions. Simon's recommendations all talk about his maturity and motivation, both in music and other studies. Simon plans to complete his transfer degree at Skagit Valley College then transfer to Eastern Washington University as a junior, where he will major in music and possibly music education.

Jazz Camp Scholarship:

Christopher Perry: $500
Christopher plays guitar and bass guitar, stand-up bass, and banjo (which he built himself!) in the Mt. Vernon High School Jazz Band. Christopher's focus is on jazz and he has strong letters of recommendation praising his outstanding musical ability, diligence in preparation, character, and academic record. He plans to go to the University of Washington Jazz Workshop in June.

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 and jazz band, and all the high school bands, from marching band to bands for theatrical productions, to the jazz ensemble. Ian has organized numerous performances including multi-district performances involving jazz ensembles from seven 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 and also his instrumental role in founding A-Town Big Band, in which he plays trumpet. In the coming year, Ian will complete his master's degree in Instrumental Conducting through the American Band College.

The Manieri Endowment Advisory Board and the Jazz Committee will honor the scholarship winners at their "2nd Sunday Jazz" performance on Sunday, June 8, 2 pm, at the Heart of Anacortes (4th and "O" Avenue). A representative of the Manieri Advisory board will present the awards to the recipients before the performance by Susan Pascal.

For more on the Manieri endowment, please visit
Questions? Please call the Library at 360-293-1910, ext. 21, or visit