Reaching Out

Volume 114, No. 2February, 2014

Three prominent endorsers of the union’s jazz campaign recently made an appearance at one of New York’s most lively and well-attended churches, where they spread the message about the need for solidarity around the issues faced by the jazz community. On Sunday,  Jan. 19, pianist Harold Mabern, drummer Charli Persip, and bassist and Local 802 Executive Board Member Bob Cranshaw performed for an exhilarated congregation at Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church, during a service attended by over 1,500 parishioners. Later, the musicians’ message was taken up by the church’s pastor, Michael A. Walrond, Jr., who spoke about the continued need for fairness, dignity and respect for musicians everywhere, as he encouraged his congregation to get involved in the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign. For more information, see

Photos by Steve Singer.