Allegro

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It Pays to Belong!
Local 802 collected thousands of dollars this summer for members who work in the Off-Broadway and hotel fields, in grievance settlements that reaffirmed the value of working under a collective bargaining agreement. One settlement involved the two musicians who were

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Negotiators for the American Federation of Musicians and the advertising industry reached agreement on a new three-year Jingle Agreement on Oct. 18. A ratification vote was under way as this issue went to press. The agreement will provide an immediate

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802 Preparing for Contract Negotiations
Joe Eisman
On Dec. 29 James Campagnola, the owner of Cal James Entertainment, signed with 802, agreeing to provide pension and health benefits for musicians who play for the agency. This is the latest achievement in the union’s ongoing campaign to win

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The World Trade Center disaster had a drastic impact on the livelihoods of many New York musicians. Cutbacks in the hotel field and the threat of widespread closings on Broadway are described in other articles in this issue. Many of

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Shining A Light On Dark Recording Dates
David Lennon
On Feb. 22, at the conclusion of a Music Performance Trust Funds concert and just prior to what had been planned as an “off the books” recording session, Scandia Symphony became signatory to the AFM Phonograph Agreement. Local 802 representatives

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The AFM's 94th Convention
For only the second time in the 105-year history of the AFM, delegates to its biennial convention have turned down the reelection bid of an incumbent President. AFM Secretary-Treasurer Tom Lee, a former officer of Local 161-710 in Washington, D.C.,

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Winning a Voice at Work
Mikael Elsila
After nine months of negotiations, Local 802 and The Early Ear, Inc., have reached a first contract. Early in September teachers ratified the agreement, marking the third time in as many years that the union has successfully organized part-time music

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Final results of the Dec. 5 election of Local 802 officers appear below. The ballots were counted by the American Arbitration Association at Local 802’s offices on Dec. 5, after the polls closed, and the results were certified on Dec.

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The 2001 Elections
The Executive Board of Local 802 voted unanimously on Nov. 7 to endorse Public Advocate Mark Green for Mayor of New York City. Green has been a staunch advocate for the rights of labor, increased financing for the entertainment industry,

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Music Teachers Win Recognition
Mikael Elsila
Twenty-one teachers and pianists at The Early Ear, Inc., won union representation on Dec. 15 when the employer agreed to card check recognition. This marks the third music school that Local 802 has organized, including the New School’s Jazz Department

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Shining A Light On Dark Recording Dates
Jay Schaffner
For the first time in many years, Local 802 has brought a recording of a work by composer Philip Glass under contract. The agreement covers 30 musicians taking part in seven recording sessions for a short industrial film that is

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New Freelance Opera/Ballet Scales Established
David Lennon
On May 4, musicians of the American Ballet Theatre orchestra overwhelmingly ratified a new four-year contract, by a vote of 51-2. ABT’s prior agreement with Local 802 expired on March 31, and negotiations for a new agreement had begun in

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Since this article was written, Local 802 has learned that the Nederlander’s production of Reefer Madness is closing on Sunday, October 28. The Organizing Department thanks everyone who joined the union’s rallies and everyone who called the Nederlanders to protest

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With little fanfare, Local 802 reached an important milestone on Nov. 1 – we paid off the mortgage on our headquarters building, years ahead of schedule. Soaring real estate prices have driven many businesses and nonprofits out of Manhattan in

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Don Batchelder
Musicians of the Westfield Orchestra entered the New Year working under a signed collective bargaining agreement – but it took tremendous determination and down-to-the-wire negotiating to get the agreement that is described in the following article, by committee member Don

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Heather Beaudoin
As the world reeled in shock at the World Trade Center disaster, the labor movement moved quickly to create resources to assist victims, families of victims, and anyone indirectly affected by this tragedy, emotionally or economically. LABOR SUPPORT CENTER The

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A request by the producers of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer that the show be designated a “special situations” musical has been turned down. A review panel voted unanimously to deny the request, after hearing presentations by the show’s producers

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Response from Members Help Bring Jobs Under Contract
This article deals with efforts being made by club date string players and Local 802 to bring more jobs under contract, and ensure that scale wages and benefits are paid. It reports that, in the wake of a meeting on

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David Lennon
This past August, musicians throughout the country once again came together for the annual Players’ Conferences of the Theater Musicians’ Association (TMA), Regional Orchestra Players’ Association (ROPA) and International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM), held in St. Louis,

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INS Refuses Visas for Imported Backup Orchestra
Promoters of a recent Andrea Bocelli tour were forced to hire U.S. musicians after the INS rejected their visa application for an imported backup orchestra, in this case a group called the “Russian Federal Symphony Orchestra.” The Immigration and Naturalization

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Local 802 has reached agreement on a new four-year contract covering employment of musicians at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. It is patterned closely after the agreement reached earlier this year with Radio City Productions, and includes a 3.5

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Local 802’s Executive Board has approved “special situations” status for the musical Mamma Mia, to be presented at the Winter Garden Theatre. The decision to allow the musical, which is based on the music of the 1970s rock group ABBA,

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Recovering From Disaster
Last month’s Allegro, published fairly soon after the World Trade Center disaster, described the tragedy’s impact on the music community. As this issue goes to press, two months after Sept. 11, there are more positive signs on Broadway and in

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Len Leibowitz
The underlying causes of the current strike of Musicians’ Local 655 in South Florida against the theatrical producer SFX are very much the same as those that resulted in the recent strike of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. In the years

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Sparked by the experience of last year’s bitter SAG-AFTRA strike, a number of unions in New York City’s entertainment industry have begun meeting on a regular basis, seeking to develop a new level of unity in the face of increasingly

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Bill Dennison
Broadway appears to be back. The theatre lights that dimmed after the World Trade Center attack have brightened and, despite continued uncertainty in regard to the economy and air travel, and the general unease created by the declared war against

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Local 802 has made its first round of endorsements for some of the offices up for election this year, after interviewing close to 100 candidates. 802 members will soon receive letters with information about the candidates the union has endorsed

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Heather Beaudoin
Local 802 continues to build the strength of the union by being active in the political arena. After carefully endorsing candidates for over 30 seats this year, the union has been working to educate our members on what these candidates

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David Lennon
Local 802 has signed a collective bargaining agreement with the Henry Street Chamber Opera, a new opera company based at the Henry Street Settlement. Millennial Arts Production has also reached agreement on a first collective bargaining agreement, as well as

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Recovering From Disaster
Due to the tragic events of Sept. 11, two charities have asked Local 802 to participate as they prepare to help families during the holidays. As usual, we’ve been asked to take part in the annual City Harvest Food Drive

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Recovering From Disaster
As the impact of the World Trade Center disaster becomes clearer, those at the bottom of the economic ladder face enormous problems. A number of demonstrations took place in Local 802’s neighborhood this fall, seeking to address the problems. Members

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Local 802 Is Working to Affect the Outcome
Heather Beaudoin
From Coney Island to Washington Heights, and from Flushing to Soho, candidates for the New York City Council flooded the offices of Local 802 during the last week in April, seeking the union’s endorsement in their upcoming races. The union

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"Latin Music is Really the Pulse of New York City"
Mikael Elsila
When Tito Puente passed away last June, listeners of La Mega – one of the premier Latin radio stations in New York – might have expected some sort of tribute show. Puente, a six-time Grammy winner, had helped to define

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The creation of an environment in which members can work comfortably, unhampered by any form of discrimination, requires, among other things, the prohibition of sexual harassment. The history of Local 802’s procedure for processing member vs. member complaints of discrimination,

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Deadline For Revisions Extended To Dec. 15
A reprogramming of Local 802’s membership data base has made it possible to include eight instruments in each member’s directory listing. The change was implemented just before the Nov. 15 deadline for submitting changes for the 2002-2003 Directory. To make

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Recovering From The World Trade Center Disaster
Almost 100 musicians (both instrumentalists and singers) lined up to play in the orchestra and choir, conducted by Johannes Somary, for the Prayers for America Service at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 23. The contractors, both 802 members, were Oliver Gras,

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Area Standards Campaign Crescendos to the Tune of $3.5 Million
Personal humiliation. Ridicule and contempt from peers. Mental anguish and suffering. These are all charges one would expect to be leveled by a wounded celebrity charging that a major tabloid newspaper printed false statements about an extra-marital affair or some

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The Anne Walker Scholarship Fund has awarded three scholarships for the coming academic year, to help 802 members or their children pursue studies in music. This year’s recipients are: John Cipolla, who is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree

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Tina Hafemeister
With Local 802’s increasing emphasis on strategic planning – both on the overall, unionwide level and for specific contract negotiations and bargaining units – mutual communication between the union and its members has taken on a new importance. Experience and

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It will come as no surprise to readers of Allegro, who’ve received regular updates on our credit union’s deployment of new ATMs, that Actors Federal Credit Union now has more ATM locations than any other New York City credit union,

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As Local 802 continues its campaign to “Shine a Light on Dark Dates,” the New Organizing Department has been recruiting musicians to volunteer to become communication liaisons. So far, about 17 musicians have agreed to keep at least five of

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Recording Campaign Update
Since Local 802 initiated the recording campaign in October, organizers and recording representatives have spoken to hundreds of musicians who work in the recording field. The focus of the conversations is to educate members about the money and benefits lost

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As part of a continuing effort to increase communication among union members, Local 802 is considering expanding its web site to include a message board and an anonymous web hotline. The hotline would be accessible without providing a login ID

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HBP Premium Reimbursement
Sept. 30 is the deadline for musicians who failed to qualify for Health Benefits Plan B during the prior six months to file for reimbursement of up to 90 percent of the contributions made on their behalf. The funds are

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Heather Beaudoin
Local 802’s Live Music/Public Relations Campaign is moving ahead. This campaign to promote the appreciation and awareness of live music is being developed and facilitated by a Live Music/Public Relations subcommittee appointed by the 802 Executive Board. Its mission is

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Recovering From The World Trade Center Disaster
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC The New York Philharmonic turned its Sept. 20 opening gala into a benefit, presenting a performance of the Brahms German Requiem that reviewer Anthony Tommasini described as inspired. The performance was televised nationwide. “The orchestra members donated

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Mikael Elsila
Musicians who perform with the Ensemble Sospeso, a chamber orchestra that specializes in contemporary music, will soon be earning the benefits of a union contract. Management voluntarily recognized Local 802 on Feb. 12 and promised to begin negotiations for a

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Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies – the newest production of Inside Broadway – provided more than 4,000 elementary and junior high school students with an introduction to jazz, and to the flowering of music and literature known as the Harlem Renaissance.

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The 2003 Broadway Negotiations
Local 802’s Broadway Theatre Committee representatives took part in several strategic planning meetings in April and May, culminating in a daylong seminar led by Ken Margolies, Director of Organizing Programs at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, on

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Preparations have been under way since December for the negotiation of the 12 major freelance symphony orchestra contracts, which will set industry-wide freelance concert scales. The orchestras, which together employ more than 500 musicians, include American Composers Orchestra, American Symphony

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Heather Beaudoin
Next year promises a dramatic change in the dynamics of New York City politics. Recently enacted term limits mean that the mayor, comptroller, public advocate and 36 of the 51 City Council members are not eligible to run again. While

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The Biltmore 47 Project
Heather Beaudoin
A new initiative to provide affordable housing in the Theatre District is being promoted by a coalition of entertainment industry unions and community organizations. Their focus is the Biltmore 47 Project, a residential tower to be known as the Manhattan

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Following is the text of 802’s most recent advertisement, which has been running on 1010 WINS: Hello, I’m Bill Moriarity, president of the Local 802 Musicians’ Union, and we’re proud to bring you a few measures of a great song

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Heather Beaudoin
Unemployment insurance has provided hundreds of Local 802 members with financial assistance during slow work periods. Eligible New Yorkers can receive unemployment benefits for 26 weeks – which has been an enormous help to many club date musicians when business

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Members of Actors Federal Credit Union can now pay for purchases directly from their AFCU checking account at over 15 million locations around the world, or withdraw cash at any one of more than 500,000 ATMs worldwide. All this has

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How 802 Has Contributed to New York’s Efforts to Recover
Bill Moriarity
On Sept. 11 and 12, the Board of Trustees of the American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund had scheduled one of its three annual meetings, this one at the Fund offices at One Penn Plaza at 34th and

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Members of the Actors Federal Credit Union have a new ability to access their money electronically without incurring transaction charges. The addition of substantial numbers of AFCU-owned ATMs and the introduction of a new ACTORCASH Visa check card has increased

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The New York State Tenants and Neighbors Coalition, a 26-year-old statewide organization of 15,000 individual tenants and 200 member organizations, and representatives of more than 20 unions, met in the 802 Club Room on March 8 to begin discussions on

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PRESERVING RENT REGULATION IS CRUCIAL FOR 802 MEMBERS TENANT ISSUES AND THE 2001 ELECTIONS UNIONS DEMAND AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRESERVING RENT REGULATION IS CRUCIAL FOR 802 MEMBERS The loss of rent regulation would be a devastating blow to members of Local

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In substantial numbers, New York audiences said “no!” to unionbusting, ending the brief six-week run of the off-Broadway show Reefer Madness at the Variety Arts Theatre. Critics also panned the Nederlander-produced show, whose abbreviated New York stay had been preceded

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In Brief
MANHATTAN PLAZA IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Manhattan Plaza is now accepting requests for applications from non-elderly persons who currently reside in substandard housing within the boundaries of Community Board 4, and from people 62 and older who live within those boundaries.

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Trustees Seek to Stabilize Health Benefits Plan Finances
Bill Moriarity
Over the past several months prolonged discussion has taken place among the trustees of the Local 802 Health Benefits Plan concerning the plan’s present financial dilemma. Beginning in 1999 a combination of factors has resulted in a precipitous decline in

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Following is the text of Local 802’s Sept. 26 letter to Harriet Slaughter, Director of Labor Relations at the League of American Theatres & Producers, Inc., on the issue of unauthorized concessions: Dear Harriet: In the course of the last

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The Health Benefits Plan Shortfall: An Update
Bill Moriarity
In March, I reported on the financial difficulties being experienced by the Local 802 Health Benefits Plan. Increased insurance premium costs (which rose by a total of $780,000 during the 18 months ending June 30, 2000) and greater payments for

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The Live Music/P.R. Subcommittee has invited Local 802 committee representatives to participate in a discussion on the live music campaign on Oct. 2. Local 802’s Executive Board appointed the subcommittee to create and facilitate a public relations campaign that promotes

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The New York State Conference of Musicians and the North East Regional Conference held a joint session in Schenectady, N.Y., from March 23-25. In attendance as delegates from Local 802 were President Bill Moriarity, Financial Vice-President Tina Hafemeister and Recording

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Apollo Decision Confirmed Our Position: Musicians Are Employees
“An analysis of the factual record of this case in light of the governing authority reveals that the musicians here are employees, subject to Apollo’s right of control, without opportunity for entrepreneurial gain or loss in their relationship with the

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Seeking Solutions to the Pamphlet B Dilemma
Bill Moriarity
The AFM Pamphlet B Touring Theatrical Agreement expires on August 31. Its original term was April 11, 1999, through March 31, 2001, but it was extended for a five-month period by mutual agreement of the parties, the AFM and the

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Two new staff members have joined the 802 staff in recent months. Summer Smith, an organizer in the Organizing Department, received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Emory University in 1997. After graduation, she worked in Italy, India, Argentina

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New Term of Office Presents Significant Challenges
Bill Moriarity
January 1 marked the beginning of a new three-year term of office for this administration, a period which promises some of the most difficult challenges the union has yet faced. A term of this length, of course, allows most of

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Guest Commentary
Rep. John Conyers, Jr.
The following commentary by Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat from Michigan and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, appeared in The Washington Post on Sept. 19. Since it was written, committees in both the House and Senate have modified

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Wages and working conditions have improved greatly for musicians touring with Man of La Manchaa, since Local 802 helped them get an AFM touring agreement for the low-budget production mounted by Park Avenue Productions. Soon after the tour started last

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Guest Commentary
Barbara Kingsolver
Dear Friend, Okay, I’ll admit it, I spent the inaugural weekend in denial. (He’s not my president. Most of us didn’t actually vote for the guy…) Ignored the smarmy front-page photos of parades and balls, skipped straight to Section B

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A New Benefit for Members
An important new benefit is now available to all 802 members- the opportunity to purchase custom earsets by Radio-Partner for only $99. The personalized ear sets typically can cost up to $150 or more. They allow for clear sound at

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People-Powered Politics: Tempo 802
Chuck DeLaney
Earlier this summer, 802 member Jimmy Owens pointed out that the Loft Law is of great importance to many musicians, and urged Allegro to report on it. I moved into my loft in 1976, began working for Local 802 as

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Recording Vice-President's Report
In preparing this report I reviewed the past year’s issues of Allegro, so that I could highlight the most important currents of our activity in 2000, rather than simply reporting numbers and statistics. That look back confirmed my sense that

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Recording Vice-President's Report
Erwin L. Price
Local 802’s operations encompass a wide range of activities that have increased in scope over the years. The union has made determined efforts to stay abreast of technological developments in the music and entertainment fields and to communicate these to

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Preparations for Phono Negotiations Highight Industry Problems
Bill Moriarity
In my October report I introduced and published significant excerpts from a study of independent record labels by Stanley Aronowitz and Michael Roberts. Their study clarifies the relationships that exist between and among the various “independent” record labels and the

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Tina Hafemeister
The Executive Board is now in the midst of a strategic planning process, which was outlined in some detail by President Moriarity in last June’s “President’s Report” (click here for column). We have reviewed the union’s substantial achievements over the

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Guest Commentary
NYS Senator Roy M. Goodman
The case for public funding of the arts in New York is both cultural and economic. The intellectual and spiritual enrichment provided by the arts is incalculable. They improve quality of life, teach us to think, see, feel and understand.

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On Feb. 27, members of Unions for the Performing Arts had an opportunity to discuss the concerns of their unions with City Council members. The occasion was a UPA-sponsored “meet and greet” breakfast for members of the council. Council Speaker

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"Meeting With Club Date String Players Produces Action"
This article in the June Allegro (click here) dealt with efforts being made by club date string players and Local 802 to bring more jobs under contract, and ensure that scale wages and benefits are paid. The article reported that,

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Study Highlights "The Irony of the Indies"
There is a commonly held notion in the record industry – much the same as in the film industry – that the most creative artistic work takes place at the margins of the industry, a place occupied by relatively small

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Phil Sipser: 1918-2001
Bill Moriarity
Phil Sipser passed away on the morning of March 31, after suffering for a lengthy period of time from respiratory and heart ailments. He had served as legal counsel to the Local 802 rank-and-file Theatre Committee for the 1975 negotiation,

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People-Powered Politics: TEMPO 802
Susan Borenstein, Field Representative, AFL-CIO
Working men and women mobilized through their unions at an unprecedented level in the AFL-CIO’s most ambitious political program to date: Labor 2000. Union members registered more people to vote (2.3 million union households were added to voter rolls); educated

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Local 802 asks musicians to contact the New Organizing Department if you work for Ken James, or you know someone who does. Help the union raise area standards in New York City. Call Joe Eisman at (212) 245-4802, ext. 191.

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People-Powered Politics: TEMPO 802
Here is a list of your rights as a voter, compiled by the Citywide Coalition for Voter Participation, of which Local 802 is a member. Each of these rights is outlined in the manual that Board of Elections workers have

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Guest Commentary
John J. Sweeney
The debate on the most effective way to provide relief for victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy and revive the nation’s economy will undoubtedly continue for months, if not years. This commentary, by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, challenged the initial

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AN INVITATION FROM THE RECORDING ACADEMY To the Members of Local 802: The New York Chapter of the Recording Academy® is pleased to make a special offer to the members of Local 802 to become members of the Academy at

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In recent years, as the tax season approached, Allegro has published extensive tax tips provided by Local 802’s accounting firm, Gould, Kobrick & Schlapp, P.C. Many aspects of the tax law have not changed for many years, and earlier summaries

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Member to Member
Trudy Silver
In a city where soaring rents too often necessitate crass commercialism to pay the bills, 5C on Avenue C in the far East Village (Losaida) is in the vanguard of alternative storefronts, offering the discriminating New York consumer an oasis

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Viewpoints
Leonard Leibowitz
Over the course of 30 years he was my boss, my mentor, my father figure, my partner, my father-in-law, my enemy, my competition and the grandfather of my children. Aside from a few years during which he didn’t speak to

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Recording Study Defines the Challenge
Bill Moriarity
In January of 1999, as part of its effort to organize recording musicians, Local 802 commissioned a study of the “independent” recording companies doing business within the union’s jurisdiction. We had been encouraged in this initiative by the Noise Action

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Guest Commentary
Mona Mangan, Executive Director, Writers Guild of America, East
You’ve undoubtedly heard a lot about the status of negotiations between the Writers Guild and the studios and networks. I appreciate this opportunity to let members of Local 802 know where things stand – what the companies are demanding in

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Viewpoints: Member to Member
Von Cello
Several columns by 802 members, offering advice on topics they have developed expertise in, have appeared in Allegro during the past year. The topics included: how to vest in the AFM pension plan, how to pursue music studies in Lehman

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LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR 5C CULTURAL CENTER We the undersigned believe that the “strings only” injunction in effect since 1995 at the 5C Cultural Center should be lifted. The injunction unjustly prohibits using other instruments such as saxophones and drums

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Two Issues That Sparked a Pension Fund Deadlock
Bill Moriarity
On July 9 and 10, for the first time in the existence of the AFM & Employers Pension Fund, the Fund’s employer trustees and union trustees will present contrasting positions on two important issues of Fund policy and plan design

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Member To Member
Rich Prior
I’m not sure the first time I noticed it, but an incident from an early gig sticks in my mind. During a matinee of On Your Toes, something strange suddenly happened with my left hand and the flute solo in

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Viewpoints
Life Lessons from a Nightmare Tour with Diana Corto and the American Opera Musical Theatre Company The following article was submitted by a Local 802 member who wishes to remain anonymous. A response from the Organizing Department follows. Regrettably, I

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Guest Commentary
Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator
On Nov. 7, my wife and I arrived at our polling place in Brooklyn at 7:30 a.m. We waited in line for over 30 minutes. I entered the voting booth shortly after eight, accompanied by my eleven-year-old daughter. I cast

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MEMBER URGES PROTESTS OF PBS REFUSAL TO LIST MUSICIAN CREDITS To the Editor: I was watching the jazz program on PBS and thought I saw Marty Napoleon playing piano with Louis Armstrong. Hoping to see if it was Marty, I

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Viewpoints
Leonard Leibowitz
802 members may recall that, in the early 1980s, ICSOM sponsored a lawsuit on behalf of a number of Metropolitan Opera Orchestra musicians whose income tax deduction for practice space in their home had been denied by the IRS (Drucker

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Organizer Mikael Elsila passed out flyers in front of The Early Ear, Inc., a for-profit music school that introduces music to children beginning at a very young age, while their parents sit beside them. Last fall musicians who work at

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Erwin L. Price
Perhaps the musical discipline that is least understood by the general public – and possibly by the musical community as well – is the role of the arranger/orchestrator. Unlike the visibility of the composer, songwriter, conductor and instrumental performer, the

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Heather Beaudoin
On June 5, members of the Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Coalition traveled to Albany to lobby for the COBRA Subsidy Bill (A.7660/S.3043). This bill would create a subsidy for the payment of 50 percent of the COBRA premium, for a

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Controller's Report
Jonathan Bogert
For the six-month period ended June 30, 2001, Local 802 recorded a gain of $186,724. This compares with a gain of $353,254 recorded during the comparable period of the prior year. The audited financial statements for the period appear on

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A MESSAGE FROM COUNTERPOINT The editors of Counterpoint requested that the following letter, addressed to President Bill Moriarity, also appear in Allegro because it touches on issues of concern to our entire membership. It is clear that we share many

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Leo Ball
Joe Bennett played the trombone in many of the great postwar big bands. As a member of CBS studio orchestras, he was heard on the Garry Moore, Ed Sullivan and Jackie Gleason shows. He had a stint on Broadway and

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Ellen I. Carni, Ph.D.
Dr. Ellen I. Carni will discuss EMDR at the next MAP Networking Session on Monday, July 23, from 3:30-5:00 P.M. in the 802 Club Room. Stage fright’s reign of terror may be on the wane for performing artists. A new

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Don't Miss the Boat!
Local 802’s membership directory is one of the union’s best-used resources. It is a comprehensive listing, alphabetically and by instrument, which has been expanded in recent years so that members can include their email addresses, fax, cellular and pager numbers,

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Heather Beaudoin
NEW TENANT “OMNIBUS” BILL DHCR FINAL REGULATIONS FIGHTING TOWARDS A LIVING WAGE COALITION FOR A MEDICAID BUY-IN LOBBIES PATAKI NEW TENANT “OMNIBUS” BILL The New York City Comptroller’s office has created a Tenant Legislative Advisory Committee that has drafted an

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Heather Beaudoin
COALITION SEEKS TO EXPAND LIVING WAGE LEGISLATION YELLOW CAB DRIVERS NEED OUR SUPPORT NYC COUNCIL MEMBERS ACT TO REMOVE TERM LIMITS NYS ASSEMBLY SETS HEARING ON VOTING PROCESS   COALITION SEEKS TO EXPAND LIVING WAGE LEGISLATION The Living Wage Coalition

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Restaurant workers and service employees were among the workers hit hardest by the WTC disaster. The unions representing both groups have established relief funds. Here is some information about the situation these workers and their families face, and how you

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Local 802 members will soon have the opportunity to learn photography while taking part in an innovative program of documenting their lives and work. Beginning on April 6, Local 802 and the Bread and Roses Project are offering a free

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Musicians At Work
Natasha Jackson
The Music Performance Trust Fund, in collaboration with the Local 802 Jazz Advisory Committee, provided thousands of students in New York City’s public schools with an exceptional opportunity to hear live music demonstrations and concerts performed by 802 members and

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Viewpoints
Lorraine Lush
The Media Composers Organization (MCO) works with composers, including many members of Local 802, in New York. This article has been edited for publication in Allegro. Its purpose is to inform Allegro’s readers about some of the issues raised by

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Yuri Zverev, Dean of the Music Department at Kirov College in Russia, recently wrote 802 member Bill Crow about problems the school is encountering because of acute shortages of musical instruments, CDs, videos, strings, mouthpieces, reeds, sticks, drums, etc. “If

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Heather Beaudoin
PAYCHECK DECEPTION FIGHT MAYOR VETOES SWEATSHOP BILL NYS AFL-CIO CREATES PROCUREMENT TASK FORCE DEMAND 0% RENT INCREASES! PAYCHECK DECEPTION FIGHT Once again, so-called “paycheck protection” legislation has been introduced on the federal level, and the AFL-CIO has mobilized union activists

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Jackelyn S. Frost, CSW
For many musicians, repetitive performance injuries may be more feared than stage fright or a hostile audience. Such injuries can destroy a musician’s career. And yet the more you practice to improve your music skills, the more the small, quick,

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Natasha Jackson
After hearing numerous reports from musicians about how successful their performances at some of the schools were, I decided I’d better catch a few myself – after all, they were free! Witnessing several of the concerts gave me the opportunity

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JERRY KRAVAT As part of the grievance against Jerry Kravat Entertainment Services, Inc. for failure to file all engagements of the Eddy Davis Band at the Carlyle Hotel form April 1997 through May 2000, Local 802 has collected more than

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Musicians At Work
The 102nd anniversary of Duke Ellington’s birth was celebrated at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on April 29 during the regular jazz vespers service, and at an evening concert sponsored by the Music Performance Trust Fund featuring the Cab Calloway Orchestra

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Local 802 members are invited to take part in a seminar in Performance Wellness, to be presented in New York City Sept. 14-16. The program is designed to offer musicians, music educators, music therapists and health professionals who work with

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Jackelyn S. Frost, CSW
The many changes that have occurred since Sept. 11 have been dramatic since many aspects of our lives – from the economy to our sense of safety – have suffered a severe blow. Many musicians are having much more difficulty

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Member To Member
Tim Ouimette
As union members, we all know the sting of slight and not-so-slight injustices in our jobs, be it “can you stay for another half-hour?” (for free) or “how about if you overdub that?” (in lieu of another player) – and

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Jackelyn Frost, CSW
In recognition of the importance of early detection of breast cancer, Physician Volunteers for the Arts (PVA) is now providing free clinical breast exams and mammograms each month, to women ages 40-65. A mammogram is a safe, low dose x-ray

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Over the last several weeks, Local 802 has received messages of support from other AFM locals and unions. Among those were the following: Ray Hair, President, AFM Local 72-147, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas In behalf of the officers and members of

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Musicians at the Russian School of Music are having great difficulty acquiring the materials – mouthpieces, reeds and the like – they need to keep their program going. Any help that 802 members can provide would be greatly appreciated. You

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Joseph Barsh – Piano/Accordion Sydney Beck – Violin Charlie Camilleri – Trumpet/Piano/Arranger Joseph Connolly – Saxophone Edwin Finckel – Piano/Composer Ralph L. Franco – Piano Arty Ilardi – Piano Sy Mann – Piano Ray Miller – Drums Billy Mitchell –

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Leo Ball
At age 85, trumpet player Chris Griffin is one of three remaining members of the Benny Goodman band that played the historic 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall (the other two are Lionel Hampton and Martha Tilton). Last spring, I was

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Member to Member
Steve Knight
Friends have often advised me to appreciate the fact that music-making is something you can do all your life, even into advanced age. Look at Vladimir Horowitz, they say. Look at all the musicians who kept it up into their

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Tim Dubnau
After six years of working at Local 802, I have decided to take another job as Organizing Director of Communications Workers Local 1034 in New Jersey. Over these years I have had the great joy of working alongside, and fighting

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Musicians At Work
This summer the New York Grand Opera Company completed an unprecedented project – presenting all 28 of Verdi’s operas, in the order in which they were written. The eight-year cycle was timed to end this year, the centenary of the

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VISA Payments at the Touch of a Button...
Members of Actors Federal Credit Union can now make their VISA card payments by phone, using AFCU’s automated TouchTone Teller system. AFCU President Jeff Rodman told Allegro he expects the addition of the new options to increase the number of

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Member To Member
During his school years my younger son, Donnie, a talented, spirited kid, was also an athlete with incredible potential. His mother and I had bitterly divorced while he was still very young and, behind all the pain and confusion, I

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Women's History Month
Joy Portugal
Saxophone player Sue Terry has been playing with some of the greatest jazz artists since very early in her career. Her ability to work with this community of players has helped her win recognition in a field that has often

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Jackelyn Frost, CSW
Although New Yorkers are striving to regain a sense of normalcy, the World Trade Center attack has created a deep sense of fear and has threatened people’s most basic sense of security. Such violent, random, unprovoked and intentional actions are

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Affordable Housing is a Union Issue
Bill Moriarity
Local 802’s involvement with tenant issues goes back to the beginning of the John Glasel administration in 1983. Both John and Judy West, then the union’s Public Relations/Legislative Director, understood that, for the labor movement to realize its full potential,

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Jackelyn Frost, CSW
If you are a smoker or were a smoker in the past, and are age 60 or over, you can now receive chest CT screening free of charge through a research study being conducted at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. If interested,

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Jackelyn S. Frost, CSW
Depression is a very common, debilitating illness that disrupts relationships and daily lives and affects nearly 10 percent of the population. Yet it is also often a hidden illness, particularly among men, who are less likely than women are to

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Anthony Albano – Drums Joseph Barsh – Piano Leon Block – Guitar Victor Borge – Piano Laurent C. Eversley – Baritone Horn Harold Feldman – Oboe David Glazer – Clarinet Robert Hohner – Percussion Herbie Jones – Trumpet Peter Kova

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Heather Beaudoin
TEMPORARY WORKERS DESERVE A PERMANENT VOICE OSHA ISSUES FINAL ERGONOMICS STANDARDS NO TAX DOLLARS FOR SWEATSHOPS NLRB RULES THAT POSTGRADUATES MAY ORGANIZE TEMPORARY WORKERS DESERVE A PERMANENT VOICE The AFL-CIO recently launched a national organizing campaign targeting temporary employment agencies,

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Viewpoints
Mark Green
There is a housing crisis in New York City today. But it’s gone on so long in our city that some have grown accustomed to the conditions that reflect the crisis – from high rents to homelessness to scandal at

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POOR SOUND REINFORCEMENT DEBASES LIVE MUSIC To the Editor: I am a 30-year member of Local 802, currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio, where I am also a member of Local 4. Local 4 is struggling as a result of loss

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Dennis Rivera, President of Health & Human Services Employees Union, 1199/SEIU, spent 30 days in federal prison this summer. His crime? Trespassing on Vieques, the Puerto Rican island the U.S. Navy has used for bombing practice for more than half

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The soul of the labor movement can often be found in its music and its art. Every year, Labor Heritage Foundation publishes a unique catalogue of contemporary and traditional labor music, art, books, videos, posters, buttons and notecards that make

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by Herb Wasserman, Writers Club Press, 2000, 267 pages (trade paperback), $14.95
Bill Crow
Herb Wasserman was one of the musicians who populated the world I knew when I first came to New York City. I ran into him regularly at Birdland, Charlie’s Tavern, the Turf Restaurant, the B&G Coffee Shop, Nola Studios, and

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PRAISE FOR 802 REPRESENTATION To the Editor: As we all are united in tragedy, I am writing to share some good news. Many readers of Allegro are undoubtedly aware that Local 802 has in its employ a number of dedicated,

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Viewpoints
Tim Dubnau
Opening a meeting for 50 AFM delegates from around the country to discuss the problem of nonunion film scoring, Andy Banks of the AFL-CIO’s George Meany Center began talking about the Teamster union’s 1998 fight against UPS. Most people in

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SINGLE ENGAGEMENT CLUB DATES E.J.O. Co., Inc. and Eric Ashley Productions recently became signatories to the Single Engagement Club Date Agreement, bringing the total number of signatories to fifty. E.J.O. Co., Inc. also acts as the agent for the steady/cabaret

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by Bill Milkowski, Billboard Books, New York, 2001. 288 pages, $18.95 paper.
Bill Crow
“Jive” is a word with several meanings. Being “hep to the jive” was an early insider’s term, referring to the state of being informed and aware in the jazz world, and being able to communicate in the special language of

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by Joe Harnell and Ira Skutch, Xlibris Corp., 2000, 337 pp., paperback, $19.54
Bill Crow
Joe Harnell, with his co-writer Ira Skutch, tells the story of his life from birth to the present, interweaving the details of his very successful professional career as pianist, composer, arranger and conductor with an account of his difficult personal

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Jackelyn Frost, CSW
In 1900, only one out of four Americans lived beyond age 65. Today three out of four of us can expect to live to that age. As a result, today’s adults in their 40s and 50s are the first generation

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AUTHOR RESPONDS TO REVIEW To the Editor: I am compelled to write to you in response to John Glasel’s rather vicious review of my book “Trumpet Blues – The Life of Harry James.” Mr. Glasel’s unfavorable remarks certainly stood out,

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Controller's Report
Jonathan Bogert
For the year ended Dec. 31, 2000, Local 802 recorded a gain of $261,079, a substantial increase over the gain of $36,509 that had been realized in the prior year. The audited financial statements for the period appear on page

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INFORMATION, PLEASE! To the editor, I am currently writing a memoir and I would appreciate the help of anyone who knew Nat Pavone (trumpet), Raymond Maldonado (trumpet), Mike Lawrence (trumpet), Michael Rod (woodwinds) and Harry Shields (trombone). I need to

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Dec. 19 was the final Executive Board meeting attended by board member Abe Rosen, who did not run for re-election in the recent 802 elections. President Bill Moriarity presented him with a certificate of appreciation, in recognition of his many

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Robert Allen – Piano/Conductor/Arranger Beatrice Berwald – Piano Albert H. Bryant – Trumpet Henrietta Carrick – Electronic Organ Frank L. Gibson – Saxophone Arthur Gregg – Saxophone Ernest Gruen – Saxophone Fred D. Hinger – Timpani/Percussion Danny Hurd – Piano/Arranger

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Heather Beaudoin
FAST TRACK MASQUERADING AS ‘ANTI-TERROR’ MEASURE PROPOSED AIRLINE POLICY WOULD HURT MUSICIANS “I LOVE NY” TAX DEDUCTION ACT STATE LEGISLATURE CONDEMNS TERRORISM FAST TRACK MASQUERADING AS ‘ANTI-TERROR’ MEASURE As the country mourned the devastating loss of life on Sept. 11,

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David Sternbach
Once again Local 802 is joining other unions in reminding its members of Workers Memorial Day, to be observed this year on Saturday, April 28. Workplace safety has always been a high priority for unions. A major achievement, 30 years

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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER On March 1, arbitrator Maurice Benewitz issued a decision in the dispute over orchestra staff minimums involving the Broadway production Saturday Night Fever. Before the show opened at the Minskoff Theatre the producers, Niko Associates, had requested

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An innovative Off-Broadway production based on the music of Laura Nyro has been drawing enthusiastic audiences at the Vineyard Theatre. And it’s been as exciting for the musicians as the audience, according to Music Director Joe Rubenstein. “This is a

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SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON INTERSCHOOL ORCHESTRA To the editor: I would like to correct some misinformation that appeared in your July issue in the “Negotiations Roundup” section, headed “Quincy Jones.” The article states, “The Ross Institute placed talented high

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2001 Health Care Supplement
Greg Ruvolo, L.Ac.
This year’s Health Supplement focuses on alternative medicine – specifically, on the value of Chinese medicine, nutrition and biofeedback to musicians. The authors of two articles are 802 members who have developed careers in health care. Trumpet player Greg Ruvolo

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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER DRUMMER A grievance between Local 802 and Niko Associates, producers of the Broadway musical Saturday Night Fever, arose when Local 802 visited a rehearsal in progress on Oct. 5, 1999, and discovered that a drum machine was

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LACK OF FILM CREDITS FOR MUSICIANS ASSAILED To the Editor: I read with interest Ethan Fein’s letter regarding PBS not giving credit listings to side musicians on their musical programs. I have always been disappointed by a similar lack of

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Heather Beaudoin
ERGONOMICS STANDARD AXED OPPOSE BUSH’S BUDGET AND TAX PLAN NYC COUNCIL CONSIDERING RESOLUTION ON WBAI ERGONOMICS STANDARD AXED On March 7 Congress voted narrowly to repeal OSHA’s new ergonomics standard, a severe blow to millions of American workers. The vote

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an autobiography by John LaPorta, Cadence Jazz Books, 2001, paperback, 271 pp., $18 plus postage
Bill Crow
John LaPorta’s career as a performer and composer/arranger has been intertwined with a remarkable sequence of musicians including Leopold Stokowski, Woody Herman, Kenny Clarke, Neal Hefti, Herb Pomeroy, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie,

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Heather Beaudoin
HOUSE INCLUDES PROVISION FOR INSTRUMENTS IN AVIATION SECURITY BILL THE FREEDOM TO TRAVEL ACT SEPT. 11 JOB LOSS HITS LOW-WAGE WORKERS HARDEST MUSICIANS ARE NOT INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS HOUSE INCLUDES PROVISION FOR INSTRUMENTS IN AVIATION SECURITY BILL The AFM has been

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The Gospel Musicians Committee presented its annual Spotlight – a highlight of the holiday season – at the Local 802 Club Room on Dec. 15. The committee, which celebrated its 11th anniversary last year, is coordinated by 802 staff members

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DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM Musicians of the Dance Theatre of Harlem Orchestra unanimously ratified a new contract as they prepared for the 2001 New York Season at City Center. All wages and benefits have been increased to Local 802 Freelance

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Member To Member
Hal Galper
E-mail has become one of the most revolutionary forms of communication since the invention of the telephone and the fax machine. It has a wide range of advantages, beginning with time management – always a problem for busy people. E-mail

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The music of the 802 All Stars kicked off a June 20 rally that brought thousands of union activists to protest union busting at Verizon, the tenth largest corporation in America and the largest telecommunications company. Last summer, 87,000 CWA

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Heather Beaudoin
BILTMORE HOUSING PROJECT MOVES FORWARD NEW YORK STATE MOVES TOWARD BUDGET WORK-RELATED DEATHS DECLINE RALLY PROTESTS MANDATORY WORK FOR NYCHA RESIDENTS JOIN GLOBAL JUSTICE WEEK BILTMORE HOUSING PROJECT MOVES FORWARD The New York City Planning Commission was scheduled to review

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2001 Health Care Supplement
Robert Kirshoff, M.S., C.N.S.
This year’s Health Supplement focuses on alternative medicine – specifically, on the value of Chinese medicine, nutrition and biofeedback to musicians. The authors of two articles are 802 members who have developed careers in health care. Guitarist Robbie Kirshoff, a

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Tony “Lane” Alessi – Guitar Samuel A. Coreys – Bassoon Harold Curtis – Saxophone Benny Fairbanks – Saxophone Vernel Fournier – Drums Louis G. Fransko – Violin Jean Frazer – Piano Serafino Gervino – Mandolin Lee Kleinman – Drums James

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DONATE BLOOD – AND SAVE A LIFE SEEKING INFORMATION ABOUT ED LAFUENTE A CREATIVE ARTS FESTIVAL FOR VETERANS DONATE BLOOD – AND SAVE A LIFE To the Editor: I am writing to urge all members of Local 802 who are

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OFF-BROADWAY By Jeeves: Local 802 has reached agreement with By Jeeves Limited Partnership for six musicians performing in this production at the 597-seat Helen Hayes Theatre. The minimum scale is 85 percent of Broadway agreement wage scales for rehearsals and

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Jackelyn S. Frost, CSW
Music groups often must cope with conflict among their members, or psychological difficulties experienced by individual members. Yet while musicians have devoted much time and energy to develop their creative talents as performers, and may also have developed a sophisticated

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Did You Know??
Providers may join or drop out of the MagnaCare network at any time. Always check before making an appointment to see if your provider is participating. Also, some participating doctors may refer you to labs, diagnostic facilities or other doctors

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Jackelyn Frost, CSW
Musicians and composers are highly attuned to sound perception – and for that reason, many of them find New York City a difficult place to live. Traffic and construction noise reverberate through the “canyon” created by the city’s narrow streets

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Milton H. Bartner – Trumpet Mario J. Battista – Trumpet Murray Berman – Saxophone Richard W. Brooks – Trumpet Harry Dapeer – Piano Larry Eisinger – Drums George Feher – Cello Ronald S. Finck – Alto Sax David Fleischman –

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OFF-BROADWAY Urinetown: Local 802 has reached agreement with Dodger Productions for this musical, which is being presented at Henry Miller’s Theatre. The contract, which will run for seven-and-one-half-months, mirrors the wages and benefits of the League Agreement with some exceptions:

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2001 Health Care Supplement
Biofeedback is a technique that can be effective in reducing stress and performance anxiety, improving interpersonal skills and overcoming phobias. Awareness of its potential in helping artists achieve peak performance is growing, and there are now a number of practitioners

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2001 Health Care Supplement
Glen Estrin
Musicians With Dystonia was founded last year to raise awareness of focal dystonia in the musical and general community, offer practical support to musicians afflicted with the condition, and raise money to support research into this motor control disease, which

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Last year doctors at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary launched an important study to determine how common glaucoma is among brass players, and to identify musicians who had glaucoma so they could be treated before developing significant visual

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Heather Beaudoin
SUFFOLK COUNTY ADOPTS LIVING WAGE COBRA BILL IS BUILDING SUPPORT OPPOSITION IS SLOWING FAST TRACK ROCKLAND, NASSAU SET RENT INCREASES SENIOR TO LOSE VOTING MACHINES   SUFFOLK COUNTY ADOPTS LIVING WAGE The Suffolk County Legislature made history this summer when

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RANDY WESTON Local 802 helped recover money for jazz pianist Randy Weston, who was contracted by Paul Stache to perform two dates last April at Smoke, Stache’s Upper West Side jazz club. Weston used a contract supplied by the AFM.

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African American History Month
Drummer Eddie Locke has worked with some of the giants of the music world – including tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and trumpeter Roy Eldridge. Prominent in New York’s jazz scene since the 1950s, he continues to perform and tour and,

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Manny Albam – Composer/Arranger Stephen Benyak – Guitar George Brackman – Conductor/Arranger Derek J. Carroll – Bass Jack Conner – Percussion Joseph J. Connolly – Saxophone Mara S. Dvonch – Violin George Fauntleroy – Saxophone Domenico Guadagno – Bass Connie

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MORE ON THE LIVE MUSIC CAMPAIGN To the Editor: In the May issue of Allegro, “A Message From Counterpoint” appeared in the Musicians’ Voice. That letter was originally sent to President Moriarity in February urging the formation of a task

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Ronald Ambrogi – Trombone Thomas D’Agostino – Trumpet Artie Drelinger – Saxophone Albert S. Dudley – Saxophone Arnold Grant – Piano Abe Kolumpus – Hawaiian Guitar Leo L. Lauro – Drums Jose “Pin” Madera – Saxophone Flip Phillips – Saxophone

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THE PIERRE AND FOUR SEASONS HOTELS Nearly two years after the Pierre and Four Seasons hotels withdrew from the Hotel Committee for Hotel Users of Music and Local 802 was forced to negotiate with them separately, agreement was reached for

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Joseph M. Allen – Bass Joseph L. Bellamah – Trumpet Leonard J. Calderon – Drums/Conductor Dominic Cortese – Accordion David Douglas – Piano Daniel Girlando – Piano Samuel Grossman – Arranger/Copyist Al Ham – Keyboard/Synthesizer Martin Holmes – Saxophone/Conductor Melvin

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January 9, 2001 -- January 23, 2001
TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2001 Meeting called to order at 11:20 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Assistant Director

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August 28, 2001 -- September 20, 2001
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2001 Meeting called to order at 11:30 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Executive Board members Crow, Gale, Giannini, Reynolds, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant Director Lennon, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens. Financial Vice-President

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March 6, 2001 -- March 20, 2001
TUESDAY, MARCH, 6 2001 Meeting called to order at 11:30 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Landolfi, Shankin and Weiss, Assistant to the President Dennison, Assistant Director Lennon, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens.

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Heather Beaudoin
SENATE PASSES PATIENTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS RENT HIKES ARE TOO HIGH STOP FAST TRACK NEW PROGRAMS IN THE ASSEMBLY BUDGET SENATE PASSES PATIENTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS On June 29 the U.S. Senate passed the Bipartisan Patient Protection Act, by a

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July 17, 2001 -- August 21, 2001
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2001 Meeting called to order at 11:25 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Crow, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi and Shankin, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison

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February 20, 2001 -- February 27, 2001
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2001 Meeting called to order at 11:30 a.m. Present: Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Landolfi, Reynolds, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Assistant to the President Dennison, Assistant Director Lennon, Jazz Advisory

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October 17, 2000 -- November 28, 2000
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2000 Meeting called to order at 11:30 a.m. Present: Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Giannini, Reynolds, Rosen, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Jazz Advisory Committee

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Michael Barton – Viola Arthur Bowie – Organ George Brackman – Conductor/Arranger William N. Branigan – Electric Guitar Joseph A. Gola – Saxophone Tara M. Gregory – Piano Lawrence Harr – Clarinet Reynold (Renny) Knops – Trumpet Jay Stemmerman –

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September 21, 2001 -- October 16, 2001
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2001 Meeting called to order at 11:15 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Giannini, Reynolds, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Assistant

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Les Brown – Bandleader/Saxophone/Clarinet Joseph Ciancia – Saxophone Louis Counihan – Trombone Kenneth B. Emery – Flute Gerald S. Feintuch – Conductor/Arranger/Copyist Pat Flowers – Piano Salvatore Fontana – Violin Max Goldberg – Drums Edward B. Greenstein – Trombone Ernest

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THE GOLDMAN MEMORIAL BAND The Goldman Memorial Band launched its 2001 summer season under a new collective bargaining agreement. Local 802 and GMB agreed to extend the prior agreement by one year under the following terms and conditions: Performance and

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May 15, 2001 -- July 3, 2001
TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2001 Meeting called to order at 10:15 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Reynolds, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens, Assistant

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January 30, 2001 -- February 26, 2001
TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2001 Meeting called to order at 11:20 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Reynolds, Rohdin and Shankin, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Assistant

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SECRETS EVERY SMART TRAVELER SHOULD KNOW Local 802 has collected $4,1123.53 for pension and health benefits owed to musicians when this Off-Broadway production closed on Feb. 20, 2000. The union’s attorneys filed a grievance against Scott Perrin and Secret’s Revue

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Robert Allen – Piano/Conductor Philip Ambrosino – Drums Robert G. Arnell – Clarinet Horace K. Brown – Piano Anthony F. Bua – Trumpet Ben Caruso – Drums Sidney Cohen – Drums Gizella (Tenzer) Ehrenwerth – Violin Margaret Graves – Violin

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March 27, 2001 -- May 8, 2003
TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2001 Meeting called to order at 11:25 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Landolfi and Shankin, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Assistant Director Lennon, Jazz

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December 5, 2000 -- January 2, 2001
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2000 Meeting called to order at 11:25 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Giannini, Reynolds, Rosen, Shankin and Simon, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Jazz

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Bill Crow
Herb Gardner tells me that, during the long wait to begin the show at a function at the Waldorf, the guys in the reed section got bored and began fitting pieces of their clarinets together to form a nine-foot-long composite

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Bill Crow
Shortly after Rolf Ericson arrived in the U.S. from Sweden he joined the Charlie Spivak orchestra, where he met drummer John Perilli. John told me that Rolf was living in a new apartment in Queens at that time. Most of

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Bill Crow
I’ve been working for a while with Nick DiVito’s jazz trio in an east side club that, about a year ago, had to be divided in half because of the city’s campaign against “adult entertainment.” The club’s main attraction is

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Bill Crow
Milt Hinton left us during the last Christmas season after a rich, full life of 90 years. Much beloved in the jazz community, “The Judge” was the dean of jazz bassists and one of the most recorded bassists in New

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Bill Crow
While chatting on the phone with Bill Finegan recently I mentioned Jim and Andy’s bar, the musicians’ hangout that used to share the block on West 48th Street with several music stores and the old A&R recording studio. Bill asked,

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Bill Crow
The captain of the shuttle that made the flight to the orbital space station last February was Mark Polansky, the nephew of Louise Sims. Several months ago Louise called to tell me that Mark had asked her for a tape

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Bill Crow
Bess Bonnier sent me a column by Jack Riemer from the Houston Chronicle, about an Itzhak Perlman concert he attended at Avery Fisher Hall last November. Jack described the familiar process with which Perlman, stricken with polio as a child,

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Bill Crow
Eric Holroyd, in Australia, sent me a couple of stories: Micky Maher, one of Sydney’s top tuba players, has played with every type of band from circuses to theatre pit orchestras. He stayed at the Red Garter Saloon long enough

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Bill Crow
On a job I played in Pleasantville with Herk Ferranda last June, a lady came up to pianist Johnny Morris and said, “You jumped in our pool!” John chatted with her for a while, and later told me the story:

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Bill Crow
My wife and I flew to Florida for a week last February, taking advantage of a low fare offered by Spirit Airlines. When the plane arrived at La Guardia from Detroit and discharged its passengers, the pilot reported a mechanical

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Bill Crow
At a rehearsal of Ted Blumenthal’s big band, Pete Hyde gave me this one: When Charles Mingus’ jazz group was playing in New York, Bob Zottola dropped by the club to hear the band and to visit his friend, Paul

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