Seattle receives little mention in jazz histories, but journalist de Barros argues that it's a fertile ground for jazz talent. His exhaustive chronicle outlines the careers of Seattle musicians who achieved fame (Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, and vocalists Ernestine Anderson and Mildred Bailey) and the many who remained local (including bassist Red Kelly, pianist Jack Perciful, and ``Junior'' Raglin). The interviews with musicians provide a rich perspective on local jazz history, including the effects of racism on musicians' careers. There are few if any other studies of jazz of the Northwest; this one sets an example for historians of regional jazz to follow. It will prove useful to researchers and will please readers familiar with the Seattle area.-- Paul Baker, CUNA Inc., Madison, Wis.