The Blue Note, Pictorial Jazz History Now Available

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David Keller
“The Blue Note takes me home to the heady days of Seattle’s jazz scene. It's a fine blend of rare photographs, first person accounts and scholarship. It also shines light on the path-breaking union musicians who played Seattle and ultimately brought about the merging of the black and white unions.” —Quincy Jones

The Blue Note gives us an entertaining and informative slice of Seattle’s black cultural history that every jazz fan should have.” —Steve Griggs, Earshot Jazz

“Though subtitled 'A Pictorial History', David Keller’s The Blue Note is that and much more. Including over 100 photos and other images, this book not only covers the history of American Federation of Musicians black Local 493 (originally Local 458) but it serves as a community and cultural history of Seattle as well. On the page facing each image is a detailed textual narrative that describes the image and more importantly places it in a broader context of American jazz history, the history of 20th century race relations and labor history.” —Tom Connors, Labor History Research Center, George Washington University

The Blue Note Seattle’s Black Musicians' Union A Pictorial History (Our House Publishing, 2013) is an upbeat story of race, jazz, gender, and union culture, set in the Pacific Northwest and the wider jazz world. It uses union documents, oral histories, and extensive primary and secondary sources along with more than 100 photographs and illustrations, many previously unpublished. The book itself is a handsome 9” x 10” soft cover, printed on photo-quality paper, and is available for $29.95. It is available nationally at, as well as through Amazon Books. In the Pacific Northwest the book can be found at various independent bookstores in Seattle and Bellingham.

For further information, as well as quantity and trade discounts contact Megan Keller at Keller Marketing,,, Ph. 310/873-7925.

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