Segregation stopped African American musicians from joining Seattle’s first musicians union, American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 76, so they formed their own. “The 493” became a center facet in the jazz scene of the city, and represented a number of famous musicians like Phil Moore, Ray Charles and Quincy Jones. By 1958, the two unions merged, but the 493 will remain an important chapter in Seattle's black history.
Seattle bassist Evan Flory-Barnes narrates a brief history of the 493 in this segment originally broadcast on KCTS 9’s PIE.
Stephen is a 25-year veteran of KCTS, producing a wide range of cultural and public affairs series, documentaries and arts programming. His credits include PIE, Something in the Water (PBS feature on Seattle’s indie music scene), the gala opening of Benaroya Hall, and documentaries on Asahel and Edward Curtis, Dan Sullivan and Doris Chase. Seattle-born, Hegg is a graduate of Whitworth University and is also an accomplished violinist and avid cyclist.More stories by Stephen Hegg