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The Von Freeman Memorial Lending Library

On July 1, 2012, the “We Always Swing”® Jazz Series opened its collection of 7,000 CD/LP recordings and books to the public. A year later it was named the Von Freeman Memorial Lending Library in honor of the legendary icon Chicago tenor saxophonist [b. 10/3/23 – d. 8/11/12] and NEA Jazz Master. In March 2018, Freeman’s son, saxophonist Chico Freeman, formally dedicated the collection, which is meant to be a resource, open to all.

The library’s titles run from jazz’s turn-of-the-20th-century earlier beginnings right up to the present. No matter what style(s) of jazz sparks your interest, users can find titles in the Freeman Memorial Lending Library.

The Library, housed at the Jazz Series offices, 21 N. Tenth St., is open to all, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and meant to serve as a community resource — a spot where people can listen to selections and/or peruse jazz-related literature on site. For people’s convenience, the Jazz Series created an Annual Membership Program, ($25+/ students; $60+ for public) which allows those who contribute to borrow titles on a weekly basis.

Spearheaded by Chief Librarian Brock Jones, the collection’s content is now available on line, organized not simply alphabetically by artist or ensemble, but also by release dates, song titles, individual musicians’ names and other content. To peruse the catalog, simply go to wealwaysswing.org/library.

This is a one-of-a-kind project — certainly in Columbia, mid-Missouri and perhaps the entire state and beyond: an all-jazz “Lending Library” that allows the entire community to take advantage of its contents.

Library membership cards available begining July 1

Beginning July 1, 2018, members will receive a laminated wallet-size membership card. The card validates membership and identifies contributor-type. If your contribution entitles you to a membership card, then please contact the Jazz Series first by email, info@wealwaysswing.org, phone, 573/449-3009, or simply stop in and register in person. We will contact you when your card is ready to be picked up. Membership cards are nontransferable. When you become a Lending Library Member, you have the opportunity to borrow titles on a weekly basis. You also have made an investment in the Jazz Series and in making the Freeman Memorial Lending Library a success. Memberships are taxdeductible to the extent the law permits.

Annual Student/Public Membership Levels & Perks*

[*In Addition To Any Other Premiums Offered At Time of Donation.]

Lending Library membership made simple. Anyone making a contribution at these or higher levels is automatically a Jazz Series Member. Please note the following Lending Library Support Levels and Perks*:

Student Memberships $25+

  • Check out up to 2 CDs/LPs per week
  • Access library’s in-depth catalog at the Jazz Series
  • Half-price tickets to select concerts [Subject To Availability]
  • Priority volunteer opportunity for Jazz Series Concerts/Events
  • Invitations to select member-only events and receptions
  • Basic Annual Public Library Membership $60+

  • Check out up to 2 CDs/LPs per week
  • Access library’s in-depth catalog at the Jazz Series
  • Sustainable Family Library Membership $350+

  • Entire Family Becomes Members
  • Check out up to 5 CDs/LPs per week
  • Access through the Jazz Series to library’s in-depth catalog.
  • Receive Best of Von Freeman 2 CD/DVD Box Set
  • Invitations to member-only events
  • Receive personalized name plate placed on Lending Library shelf.
  • Lifetime Individual Membership $2,500+ Annually for 4 years/$10,000+ Accrued Contribution.

  • Check out up to 10 CDs/LPs for two (2) weeks
  • Access through the Jazz Series to library’s in-depth catalog.
  • Receive Best of Von Freeman 2 CD/DVD Box Set
  • Invitations to member-only events
  • Receive personalized name plate placed on Lending Library shelf.

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