Mid-century Seattle possessed a rich music scene that was sharply divided along racial lines. Barred from playing in many of the big clubs, members of Seattle’s Black Musicians’ Union–the 493–created a vibrant jazz scene along Jackson Street. Hear from long-time union members about the significance of this musical moment and the ensuing racial integration of the Musicians’ Unions. Enjoy live jazz performed by current members of the Local 76-493.
This program is presented in partnership with the Museum of History & Industry