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Orchestra Makes Gains in Wages, Pension and Job Security
On Aug. 2, after a four-day strike by Local 802 musicians, the union and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts/Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra reached accord on a four-year successor agreement. Orchestra members ratified the agreement by a 30-2 vote on

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Joe Eisman
Morrie Sherry, a clarinet teacher and organizing committee member at the Lucy Moses School in the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center, sat patiently as the National Labor Relations Board agent used his standard, government-issue silver letter opener to carefully rip open

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It Pays to Belong!
Early figures indicate that the union collected $1,125,540 during the past year through its energetic enforcement of contracts in the recording field, on Broadway and Off-Broadway, for hotels and club date single engagements, music prep and Pamphlet B tours. As

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Ministry to WTC Site Workers Ends at St. Paul's Chapel
Louise Dubin (802 member and cellist)
At 9:30 on the morning of June 1, two firemen slept face down on cots off to one side of St. Paul’s Chapel. On the other side of the pews, Sharon Gunderson, clad in a flowing blouse, played Bach on

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Agreement is Union's Fifth for Music Teachers
Joe Eisman
Teachers at the Midori & Friends Foundation will be working under a union contract when their season begins in November, making them the fifth group of teachers who have been organized by Local 802. On Sept. 25 the employer signed

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Local 802 Prevails at Labor Board
As Allegro went to press, Local 802 received a decision and direction of election from the National Labor Relations Board regarding faculty at the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center who teach in the Lucy Moses School and the Special Music School

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League Denies Web Posting
Bill Moriarity
In late October we became aware of two ads that had been posted on the popular Web site, Craigslist. Applicants were being sought for a “Music Operator” and a “Conductor” to “operate (a) computerized virtual orchestra for New York Theatre

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Freelance Negotiations Update
Several additional orchestras had reached agreements with Local 802 as this issue went to press. The American Composers Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York and Queens Symphony Orchestra each agreed to three-year contracts containing the major economic provisions of the

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New School Jazz Program
Natasha Jackson
Local 802 has negotiated its second collective bargaining agreement with the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at the New School University and, as this issue went to press, faculty members were voting on whether to ratify it. The first contract,

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Negotiations in the freelance concert field moved closer to completion in the last month, as Local 802 reached agreement with three additional orchestras: the Long Island Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra and Riverside Symphony. While economic issues had been the most

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David Lennon
On Aug. 14-18, the three AFM symphonic player conferences met for the second Unity Conference in Ottawa, Canada. Attending were the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM), Regional Orchestra Players’ Association (ROPA) and Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians

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Freelance Negotiations Update
The current round of freelance concert negotiations moved one step closer to completion last month, as Local 802 and the Brooklyn Philharmonic resolved outstanding local issues and wrapped up their extended, and sometimes contentious, bargaining for a new agreement. Last

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Freelance Negotiations Update
Local 802 and management of the Brooklyn Philharmonic had reached tentative agreement on a new contract as this issue went to press, after the most difficult and contentious negotiation of the current bargaining cycle. The agreement includes the basic economic

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Recently, the Web site Craigslist featured the following job postings, which prompted an exchange between Local 802, the League and Craigslist. See President Moriarity’s article for more background. Music Operator Wanted Reply to: musicoperator@nycmusicalsearch.com Date: Thurs. Oct 24th 05:12 WANTED:

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Talks between Local 802 and the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers, Inc., have broken off without an agreement or any prospect of an industry-wide contract covering this area of work. The union will continue to negotiate show-by-show contracts in

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Local 802’s Music Preparation Department has settled a grievance against the Music-Theatre Group, recovering more than $18,000 in wages, benefits, materials and facilities. The grievance arose when the Music-Theatre Group failed to make any payments for music copying services performed

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Members of all the freelance orchestras attended a strike authorization meeting on Jan. 22, to hear a report on the slow progress of negotiations. While the New York Pops had reached agreement in December, followed by the Little Orchestra Society,

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Phono Agreement
The AFM and representatives of the phono industry reached agreement on a new three-year collective bargaining agreement on Nov. 9. It was the second of the Federation’s national agreements to be negotiated during the current three-year bargaining cycle. The agreement

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LONG ISLAND PHILHARMONIC While finances were a sticking point for this orchestra from the beginning, management ultimately accepted the economic provisions of the Pops agreement, along with its librarian language, and eliminated any attendance requirement for the first year. (However,

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Local 802 recently recovered $113,000 in back payment and penalties for almost 35 musicians who performed theme music for ABC’s news magazine show, The View, and for the morning show, Good Morning America. The amount, which represents both wages and

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David Lennon
One important provision of the current Broadway agreement was the designation of several “prototype” productions that would implement innovative sound and air treatments in an effort to address longstanding health and safety concerns. On May 15, representatives of 802 and

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Joy Portugal
A membership discussion of the severe financial pressures Local 802’s Health Benefits Plan has been facing for the last three years was launched at the February membership meeting. President Bill Moriarity has reported on the situation in several columns in

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As Allegro went to press, teaching artists at the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center were voting on union representation. The National Labor Relations Board was to tally the results on Oct. 16. During the last days of the election, EKCC management

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Mary Donovan
On July 9 Local 802 concluded negotiations with the Roundabout Theatre Company for a three-year contract covering all musicians employed at the American Airlines Theatre and future employment at Studio 54 following the run of Cabaret, which is under a

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Bill Dennison
Preparations for the 2003 Broadway contract negotiations are moving forward on schedule. Several weeks ago Local 802 and the Broadway Theatre Committee completed a third strategic planning seminar. On Oct. 30, the committee finalized the election of a negotiating committee.

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Joy Portugal
The labor movement is making a huge investment in the rebuilding of New York City. At a Jan. 17 press conference, the AFL-CIO and its Housing Investment Trust announced a $750 million initiative aimed at expanding home ownership for New

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Mary Donovan
On Jan. 28, Local 802 is scheduled to begin talks with the Off-Broadway League of Theatres and Producers. The goal is to negotiate an industry-wide agreement that sets standards for wages, benefits and working conditions in the Off-Broadway arena. The

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Grievance Made Workplace Safer
An important victory for workplace safety was recently won in San Francisco, where chorister Pamela Dale won a grievance filed against the San Francisco Opera Company. Dale became unable to sing in productions using theatrical smoke and fog, and the

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Justice for Jazz Artists
When Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Charlie Haden and a five-piece ensemble appeared at the Iridium jazz club for a week last October, there was often a line waiting to get in. The group performed songs from Haden’s latest album, “Nocturne,”

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Heather Beaudoin
A decision to sharply curtail the broadcasting of classical music on radio station WNYC has drawn strong protests from Local 802, its members, and the general public. After a closed door meeting on March 7, the station’s Board of Trustees

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Joe Delia
Musicians voted 22-2 to ratify a new two-year agreement with the Staten Island Symphony. The term of the agreement is Sept. 1, 2002, through Aug. 31, 2004. The negotiating committee secured a significant performance rate increase of over 20 percent

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Members of Local 802 have a major stake in passage of the COBRA Subsidy Bill. The legislation — S-6308 in the NYS Senate and A-7660-B in the Assembly — is sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon and Assemblymember Richard Brodsky. It

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David Lennon
On Oct. 19, the Little Orchestra Society videotaped its popular Lolli-Pops children’s concerts for home video release. The orchestra’s Local Oversight Committee approved the project and negotiated the terms. Local Oversight Committees are a new provision of the AFM Audio

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Dance Theatre of Harlem has paid its 60 musicians more than $100,000 in wages and benefits for a week of performances that had been past due since early October. The payment came after Local 802 filed a grievance, reported the

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Last month’s Allegro contained the text of three bylaw amendments to be presented at the upcoming membership meeting, to be held on Tuesday, June 18, at 3 p.m. in the Local 802 Club Room. One word was inadvertently omitted from

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Members of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, concerned about the slow pace of contract negotiations, voted unanimously on June 1 to authorize the union and their committee to call a strike if progress is not made on achieving a new

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Rent 2002 Campaign
The May issue of Allegro includes a poster for the Rent 2002 campaign – whose goal is to persuade the State Legislature and the Governor to renew and strengthen rent control and rent stabilization laws in 2002, a year before

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Guest Commentary
(Following are excerpts from a statement issued by the AFL-CIO Executive Council on Feb. 27. To read the full statement, which includes a great deal of information omitted here for reasons of space, visit www.aflcio.org/publ/estatements/feb2002/governance.htm. The web site includes an

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The New York City Central Labor Council is calling on all unions to participate in the 2002 Labor Day celebration, which this year will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 3. A Local 802 band will kick off the event at

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Digital Dilemma Looms Large for Musicians
Bill Moriarity
On Sept. 3, a bankruptcy judge rejected a deal for the German media giant Bertlesmann to buy the assets of the bankrupt Web site Napster, claiming that the two managements were too cozy. Napster may be saved yet by an

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Missing in a press release outlining plans for the 2002-2003 season at Carnegie Hall was any mention of the highly respected Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, led by artistic director Jon Faddis. The announcement that the band was being dropped from

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Local 802 Needs You! JOIN the Local 802 activists’ network, an organization devoted to building a stronger, more effective union for all musicians For details, call (212) 245-4802, ext. 143, or contact an Executive Board Member A wise man once

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New Pamphlet B Agreement Represents Only a Partial Success
Bill Moriarity
On April 23 – after nearly a year of negotiation and 13 months after expiration of the previous agreement – the AFM and the League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc., reached tentative agreement on terms and conditions of a

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We won union benefits, and you can too!” is the theme of the get-out-the-vote booklet for the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center (EKCC) campaign (see previous article). The booklet features testimonials from other teaching artists who won representation with 802 and

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The Anne Walker Scholarship Fund has awarded four scholarships for the coming academic year, to help 802 members or their children pursue studies in music. This year’s grantees are: Ann Gerschefski, a pianist and music director who is pursuing a

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Pension Fund Prepares to Implement Changes
Bill Moriarity
In last month’s report on the arbitrator’s decision on modifications to the AFM-EP Fund’s pre- and post-retirement benefits, I noted that implementation of these changes was to be discussed at the Feb. 19 and 20 trustee meetings. These meetings have

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Proposed Law Benefits Musicians
On Oct. 10, the New York City Council held a hearing on the Smoke Free Workplace Law (Intro 256). The law would prohibit people from smoking in restaurants, bars or nightclubs. Currently, New York City law provides most workers with

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Heather Beaudoin
With a low vote turnout of approximately 40 percent, George Pataki won a third term for New York State Governor against Comptroller Carl McCall, Alan Hevesi narrowly defeated Assemblyman John Faso for New York State Comptroller, and Attorney General Elliot

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“How long must we wait for health and pension?” was the question posed by music teachers who work for the Midori and Friends Foundation. Frustrated with the slow pace of bargaining talks, teachers and Organizing Department staff passed out flyers

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Heather Beaudoin
The New York City Mayor’s race surprised most political pundits when Michael Bloomberg won against Public Advocate Mark Green in this year’s general election. Bloomberg won 719,819 votes, or 50 percent, to Green’s 676,560 votes, or 47 percent. The remaining

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Guest Commentary
Tom Waters, New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition
The Rent 2002 Campaign to preserve New York’s system of rent control and rent stabilization is picking up steam. The campaign is organized by the New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition together with 150 co-sponsors, including Local 802 and

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As the September primary approached, the Local 802 Executive Board announced its endorsement of New York State Comptroller Carl McCall for Governor of New York State and Dennis Mehiel for Lieutenant Governor. McCall has been a friend and an ally

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The Clearwater Folk Festival, founded by Pete Seeger to raise funds to clean up the Hudson River, became the first union folk festival ever held on the North American continent this summer. Representatives of the festival and of AFM Local

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The following resolutions have been submitted for consideration at the membership meeting to be held Tuesday, June 18, at 3 p.m. in the Local 802 Club Room. Please note that proposed new language is in italics. Language to be deleted

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Controller's Report
Jonathan Bogert
For the year ended Dec. 31, 2001, Local 802 incurred a loss of $90,460, compared with the gain of $261,079 recorded during the prior year. It was the first time the union has experienced a loss since 1993. The year-to-year

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The Local 802 Health Benefits Plan recently announced an important expansion of coverage. Benefits for domestic partners will now be provided on the same basis as dependent benefits. The plan defines domestic partners as two unmarried adults (both of whom

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New Booklet Covers all the Bases
The Small Theatre Committee has written and produced a brochure entitled “Music Preparation Services, a Primer for Purchasers.” It outlines what orchestrators and music copyists actually do, and will be a valuable resource for employers, contractors and members. To prepare

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AFL-CIO President John Sweeney came to Wall Street on July 30 to demand sweeping new protections for stock market investors and full severance pay for laid-off former Enron, WorldCom and Arthur Andersen workers. “American consumers can shop with more assurance

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Michael McKee
This article appeared in the Autumn 2002 issue of Tenants and Neighbors and is reprinted with permission of the NYS Tenants and Neighbors Coalition. A bill is pending in the New York City Council that would bring long overdue relief

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Elevating the visibility of Broadway theatre orchestras will be a major goal of Local 802 in the coming year. The effort was launched in December, with a “Season’s Greeting” card from Broadway orchestras distributed throughout the theatre district during the

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Heather Beaudoin
Each year, thousands of cultural organizations apply for financial support in the form of public grants to the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). How these two departments

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Unity Conference Revealed Divisions on Role of Recordings
Bill Moriarity
The second Unity Conference took place Aug. 14-18 in Ottawa, Canada. A full report on its activities, as reported by Assistant Director and Concert Supervisor David Lennon, can be found here. The first Unity Conference was held in Las Vegas

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Important Health Benefits Plan Update
The 802 Health Benefits Plan has just implemented a new procedure for processing claims, in an effort to reduce delays that a number of members have experienced. The HBP is asking members who qualify for Plan A or Plan B

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Shine A Light On Dark Dates
Jay Schaffner
The downturn in the recording industry has alarmed many musicians, and has led some to decide to take any work that comes along. I can understand why someone might come to this conclusion – but I disagree with their logic.

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As use of the internet becomes constantly more widespread, Local 802 is making several changes aimed at making our web site more appealing and informative. One innovation involves the use of multi-media content. This is part of the union’s effort

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Why Protecting Our Health Plan Matters
Joe Eisman
This is a response to Rich Siegel’s letter in “The Musicians’ Voice“ Currently, there are almost 2,000 members who qualify for 802’s health insurance. Well over half of them are on Plan A, almost 700 qualify for Plan B and

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Financial Vice-President's Report
Tina Hafemeister
Nineteen ninety-five was a landmark year for Local 802. That February, the union hired Jon Bogert as controller and assigned him the tasks of developing an in-house accounting system and a budgeting process. For the first time in the union’s

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June 23, 2002, was officially celebrated as “Julius and Ruth Grossman Day” in Queens. A proclamation issued by Borough President Helen M. Marshall saluted them on the occasion of their birthdays (Julius will be 90 in November, and Ruth recently

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Before musicians get in the position of not having health insurance, they should consider taking a form of preventative care. “The first thing we’d ask members who aren’t covered by the union’s health plan to do is to call the

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The AFM recently announced that it has established a special program with the Dell Computer Corporation which provides discounts of 10 to 15 percent off new desktops, Monitors, laptops and accessories. The offer is good on a wide range of

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The Actors’ Fund of America recently unveiled its newly-expanded Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) at www.actorsfund.org. The site is one of the largest sources of information about health insurance for artists available on the internet. Members who do not

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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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Guest Commentary
Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
The recent corporate scandals have shown that those who are in charge of our economy have failed us. CEO’s have cooked the books, lied and cheated. And their politician friends have prevented government regulators from investigating their crooked operations. We

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Pension Fund Arbitration Produced a Classic Split Decision
Bill Moriarity
The decision of the arbitrator in the AFM & EP Fund deadlock arbitration (see the President’s Report in the July/August 2001 Allegro and the article in the September 2001 issue) is in – and, unhappily, it is a classic arbitration

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The Power of Music
Bill Moriarity
Over the past several years much has been written and discussed about the power music has to affect our physical and mental processes. Most of the discussion has centered around the education system – but in the days following Sept.

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Bill Crow
“If it wasn’t for the pain in my back and the problem with my eyes, I’d feel like I was 29 again,” said 81-year-old Clark Terry. My wife and I were visiting him at the house that he and his

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Controller's Report
Jon Bogert
For the six months ended June 30, 2002, Local 802 incurred a loss of $53,376, compared with a gain of $186,724 reported for the comparable period of 2001. The audited financial statements for the period appear on page 20 of

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‘Vertical Integration’ in Music Business Requires Government Action
Bill Moriarity
The rapid concentration that has been taking place in radio station ownership over the past several years has profound implications for listeners, record companies, and recording and concertizing musicians. A fair amount of media attention has been given to this

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A Call to Justice Advocates
The Health Care Access Resolution (House Concurrent Resolution 99) was introduced in April 2001, “directing Congress to enact legislation by October 2004 that provides access to comprehensive health care for all Americans.” A campaign is now under way to make

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“It’s total entertainment!” is how the Salute to Vienna orchestra advertised itself at the beginning of its tour early this year. But musicians found out that “total entertainment” really translated into “underscale wages” and “no benefits”. The touring orchestra, made

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Greater Strength in Jazz Field Requires Greater Union Density
Bill Moriarity
Over the last month or so, Local 802 has reached agreement with two important employers of jazz musicians for improved terms and conditions. The first of these, the New School, engages more than 70 musicians, a number of them performing

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Non-Union Tours Threaten AFM Standards
Bill Moriarity
This past spring, after more than a year of on-and-off negotiations with the League of American Theatres and Producers, the AFM reached a new agreement covering touring shows. But even as the agreement was being signed, other producers were stepping

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Local 802 AFM Holds Burning Party
Carla Marie Rupp
What happens when you’re free of a mortgage debt? Well, you party! One of the best parties was held before New Year’s Eve in New York. And this joyful story needs to be told. Local 802 AFM is happy. They’re

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Plans for Rebuilding Lower Manhattan Lack Focus on the Arts
Bill Moriarity
A great deal of public discussion about how to rebuild the World Trade Center site has taken place in recent weeks. The immediate impetus for it was the unveiling of plans submitted by six designers to the Lower Manhattan Development

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Organizers are seeking musicians who volunteered at St. Paul’s Chapel after Sept. 11, 2001, in order to compile a comprehensive volunteer database. The organizers are from two different nonprofits, the Arts Healing Cooperative (AHC) and the Nine-Twelve Community (NTC). The

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Guest Commentary
Florence Nelson, Secretary-Treasurer, AFM
It never ceases to amaze me how far women have come in the music business since I began working as a professional musician in the 1960s. We are a long way from the days of all-male orchestras and jazz bands.

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Entertainment Unions Take On Big Business
Calling for the preservation of live radio in New York, the announcers and disc jockeys who broadcast on Clear Channel radio stations in New York City boycotted the company-sponsored round-robin softball tournament in Central Park on Aug. 13. The announcers

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Guest Commentary
Jeremy M. Reiss, Consortium for Worker Education
Decisions regarding the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan and the region are being made at a rapid pace. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) – the quasi-government agency whose board members were appointed by Governor Pataki (eight), Mayor Giuliani (four), and

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The History of Broadway Theatre Minimums
Bill Moriarity
Due to the hit-or-miss nature of Local 802 records and an absence of specific information in Allegro articles prior to 1983, the background and history of theatre minimums has been difficult to obtain with any accuracy. However, by piecing together

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Last month’s Allegro reported that an agreement had been reached covering faculty in the New School’s Jazz and Contemporary Music Program. The ratification vote was under way as that issue went to press. The contract was approved by a resounding

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Bill Would Share Health Payments for a Year
Members who have fallen off Plan A or Plan B are already well aware of the benefits of the COBRA law. Simply put, the law allows workers who lose health insurance to continue making payments to retain their coverage, up

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Recording Vice-President's Report
Erwin L. Price
In making an assessment of Local 802’s activity for this report I was struck by the wide range of programs chronicled in Allegro. As a labor union, of course, our central focus is the work of the professional musician, who

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Bill Clinton at the Newark Celebration Event
These comments by former president Bill Clinton are from an address he gave at the Newark Celebration Event. This is a transcribed speech. Thank you very much, thank you, thank you. First of all, I want to thank all the

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Natasha Jackson
Local 802’s Justice for Jazz Artists campaign was an exhibitor in this year’s International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, held in Long Beach, Calif., from Jan. 9 through 12. The conference attracts thousands of educators and fans, and provides close

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Jackelyn S. Frost, CSW
One thing is certain in the music business: stumbling blocks to success abound. Unfortunately, experiencing rejection is part of being a musician. Accepting that problems will arise and finding solutions to your problems is half the challenge. The other half

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Entertainment Unions Take On Big Business
Paving the way for a chorus line instead of a picket line, the first national contract for the Radio City Rockettes was settled on Aug. 21. The Rockettes, who are represented by the American Guild of Variety Artists, had been

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Lend money to actors? Are you crazy? Despite this early response from those outside the entertainment community, Actors Federal Credit Union has grown to a full-service credit union, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2002. “Our year-long anniversary celebration,

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Reprinted from "The Pits," the newsletter of the Broadway Theatre Committee
Bill Dennison
In less than a year Local 802 will begin negotiations for a new agreement covering musicians employed on Broadway. How has Broadway theatre fared over the last decade? What kind of economic environment are we now facing? What was the

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Joe Delia began working for Local 802 last October, as a representative in the Concert Department. He brings five years of experience in the labor movement. After graduating from the AFLCIO Organizing Institute in 1996, he spent the next year

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Guest Commentary
Kenny Schaeffer, Met Council on Housing
There is a housing crisis in New York. For the poor and middle class alike, rents are outrageously high and getting higher. How are people supposed to live in a city where apartments rent for $1,000, $1,500 or $2,500 a

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Viewpoints
Lenny Leibowitz
Following is the text of a letter Local 802 counsel Lenny Leibowitz sent to the New York Times, in an effort to clarify the issues in the Mostly Mozart negotiations. The Times chose not to run the letter. In the

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For more than a year, club date employer Roy Gerson Music has refused to sign the Single Engagement Club Date Agreement negotiated last May. Gerson, who never attended any meetings of the multi-employer negotiations, refused all demands that he execute

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Sue Terry
From a World War II USO tour that lasted two years to her most recent recording, “One Morning in May,” pianist Barbara Carroll has been on a lifelong musical journey. She began improvising on the piano at the age of

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Guest Commentary
Denis M. Hughes, President, New York State AFL-CIO
The assault on the World Trade Center killed thousands of innocent people, injured hundreds more, and unalterably changed the lives of millions. While the attacks on Sept. 11 have affected all Americans in one way, shape or form, they were

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Entertainment Unions Take On Big Business
A four-year battle to unionize BET’s long-running stand-up comedy series, Comic View, has ended with the signing of an AFTRA contract. The agreement provides comics who appear on the show significant improvements in all areas, including initial compensation, residuals and

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Jim Hannen
What’s the key to success and longevity in the music industry? For one Local 802 member of 65 years it can be summed up in one old saying: “Give the people what they want.” For more than seven decades Irving

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The collective bargaining between AFM Local 802 and Jazz at Lincoln Center has been ratified by the 15-member orchestra. The five-year contract, which took effect on Dec. 20, 2001, includes increase in scale wages, increases in health and pension contributions,

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Guest Commentary
Rev. Jesse Jackson
They say everything has changed since Sept. 11. That is not true. Those who were against workers’ right to organize are still against workers’ right to organize. Those who were against raising minimum wages are still against raising minimum wages.

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Roger DeWitt
How you envision your potential can dramatically influence what you achieve in life. Take a moment to try this exercise. Imagine the amount of money that you want to earn in the next 12 months. Now quadruple it. Are you

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The Music Succeeded in a Way that Burns Was Unable to Match
Bill Moriarity
The following review of Ken Burns’ Jazz, a much-discussed series that aired on public television early last year, recently appeared in New Labor Forum, part of a special issue that explores labor’s relationship to the world of culture. New Labor

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HCR-99's Guidelines for Health Care Access
John Glasel
The July-August issue of Allegro had some bad news for members covered by Local 802’s Health Benefits Plan: prescription drug benefits and premium reimbursements will be reduced as of Oct. 1. What’s more, the front-page article hinted at a darker

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Musicians' Assistance Program
M.A.P. Staff
Seasonal “cheer” has become synonymous with overdoing it – too much shopping, too much spending, too much eating and too much alcohol. In addition to the holiday pressure that most people feel, musicians often experience added pressure. You may be

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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 – although major

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Jackelyn Frost, CSW
During the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in the spirit of the season and spend beyond your means. That is especially true this year, since work in the music business – as well as in survival jobs –

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Heather Beaudoin
HOW TO APPLY FOR EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS VOTE NO ON FAST TRACK CITY COUNCIL HEARS TESTIMONY ON LIVING WAGE BILL CITY BUDGET GAP COULD REACH $6 BILLION HOW TO APPLY FOR EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS On March 9, President Bush signed

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Guest Commentary
Physicians for a National Health Program, New York Chapter
The health care delivery system in the United States is unjust and inhumane. The costs are higher – 14 percent of the Gross Domestic Product, compared to the 6-10 percent of GDP of other industrialized nations where coverage is comprehensive

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Mary Herzog, MPS ATR-BC
Grief, fully acknowledged and expressed, can inspire and infuse our work and our life with greater vitality and renewed purpose. Losses that remain unrecognized or incompletely mourned can block or stunt our creativity. Unresolved grief can also express itself in

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Free Hearing Tests Set for April 29 and June 3
On March 27, Local 802 launched a hearing conservation program aimed at addressing members’ concerns that years of exposure to sound may eventually cause hearing loss that can affect their job performance, and contribute to difficulties in social situations as

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AFM in the Press
Laureen Lazarovici
AFM members are already aware of the landmark victory won by Latino musicians last fall, when, after a decade-long campaign, the five top Latin recording companies signed on to the phono agreement. The AFM’s STAR campaign was the cover story

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African American History Month
Chicago-born pianist Junior Mance’s career spans seven decades and continues to prosper in the new millennium. He has worked alongside a veritable who’s who of jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Dinah

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2002 Music Support Supplement
Kathy Canfield with Jude Jussim
It’s everywhere. In CD ads, club listings, tour publicity – the ubiquitous “www” has permeated music marketing. If you don’t have a web site now, you lose credibility, bookings, sales and audience. Today, a striking web presence is at least

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Instant Runoff Voting Liberates Us To Be Both Principled and Pragmatic
Jim Hightower
In the late 1950s, as the somnolent Eisenhower years were drawing to a close, a new presidential campaign sprang forth and millions of Americans gleefully rallied under its exultant slogan, I GO POGO! Pogo the possum was the lead character

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Dr. Diane Gioia-Bargonetti
(The following article, submitted by a Local 802 member, contains advice and suggestions intended to improve one’s health and well-being. Local 802 and Allegro offer no endorsement or recommendation regarding the efficacy or safety of any of the remedies suggested,

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Jackelyn S. Frost, CSW
The lifestyle of many musicians tends to be highly unstructured, since work schedules and sleep schedules can be erratic. This unstructured lifestyle may attract many musicians, who already possess an ingrained aversion to structure. But often a general tendency toward

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JONES BEACH Local 802 has reached a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with Delaware North Parks Services (DNPS), the company that employs musicians working at the Jones Beach band shell and restaurant on the boardwalk. In meetings held prior to

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Jane Burbank, CSW
Each of us has different ways of coping with performance anxiety. Some techniques are helpful while others can potentially be self-destructive. Reducing anxiety before it builds up is one of the best approaches. But before we can begin to overcome

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Heather Beaudoin
EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS COBRA SUBSIDY BILL: AN UPDATE RAISE THE WORKERS COMPENSATION BENEFIT MISUSE OF PUBLIC FUNDS FEMA EXTENDS GUIDELINES TO ASSIST MORE INDIVIDUALS EXTEND UMEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS Local 802 has been supporting the New York State Extended Unemployment Benefits Act

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Jackelyn S. Frost, CSW
The music industry is a very difficult business to be in, but many excellent musicians add to the inherent difficulties by failing to follow through in various ways. Have you found yourself showing up late to gigs? Not networking in

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Musicians at Work
Presenting the Metropolitan Orchestra’s enormous repertoire poses a tremendous challenge. Helping to meet that challenge is one of the most unique groups of musicians working under an 802 collective bargaining agreement – the Metropolitan Opera Music Staff. The staff numbers

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Stuck in rehearsals far into the night? Unable to get away on your lunch hour? No problem. Actors Federal Credit Union has the answer: online banking at www.actorsfcu.com, launched in early November. Members can now set up online access to

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2002 Music Support Supplement
Frank Vento
The incredibly competitive nature of the music industry makes it increasingly more difficult to successfully make a living. In times gone by, record companies would groom, record and promote singers and musicians. As far as live entertainment, I remember when

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On May 24 a committee from Chorus 802, Local 802’s chorus-in-residence, presented Vice-President Erwin Price with a contribution to the Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund, as a token of appreciation to the union. The chorus is led by 802 member Ralph

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A HOLIDAY SEASON OF CONSCIENCE Hundreds of students marched down Fifth Avenue on Dec. 5, through throngs of holiday shoppers, in a candlelight march to end child labor and sweatshop abuses. It was the fifth annual Holiday Season of Conscience,

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If you have performed any work in the past for, or have been asked to perform any work in the future for any of the following companies or individuals, you must call Local 802 immediately. Providing services for these companies

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Actors Federal Credit Union launched its ActorMiles MasterCard at the end of last year. The card allows members to earn credit toward free airline tickets with every purchase made. The points earned – one for every dollar spent on purchases,

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Schedule of Public Programs for 2002
The Metro New York Labor Communications Council, of which Allegro is a member, is planning a series of public programs. Local 802 members are invited to attend. “Oh Say Can You See: The Ethics of Reporting in a Time of

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David “Bubba” Brooks – Saxophone Rudy De Luca – Trombone Ernest Emond – Saxophone Allen Fields – Saxophone Nathan Greenberg – Bass Gerald J. Heffron – Saxophone/Arranger Weldon Irvine – Composer/Piano Martin L. Kent – Piano Ruth Lloyd – Piano

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Dr. Diane Gioia-Bargonetti
(The following article, submitted by a Local 802 member, contains advice and suggestions intended to improve one’s health and well-being. Local 802 and Allegro offer no endorsement or recommendation regarding the efficacy or safety of any of the remedies suggested,

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METROPOLITAN OPERA Over the past several months Local 802 and the Metropolitan Opera Association have reached agreement for successor contracts for the Met Extra Musicians, the Met Music Staff and the Librarians for the five-year period from Aug. 1, 2001,

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BROADWAY PIT JOBS AN ANOMOLY To the Editor: I have been a full-time working pianist in New York City hotels for over 20 years now and have never come close to cracking the Broadway pit scene. I have worked with

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Local 802 and Parlour Entertainment joined in honoring for New York City Councilmember Stanley Michels and his wife Molly at a jazz program on Thursday, Feb 28, in the 802 Club Room. Michels, a councilmember from northern Manhattan since 1978,

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Jackelyn S. Frost, CSW
The events of Sept. 11, anthrax scares and fears of bioterrorism have created stress for millions of Americans, and have caused many people to retreat to unhealthy, over-indulging behavior such as smoking. The stress of the holiday season may have

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Musicians' Assistance Program
The next MAP Networking Meeting, which begins at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, in the 802 Club Room, will feature Judith Greenwald, CSW, director of the SmokeKnowMore Program. She will speak about new methods that can help empower you

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One thing was evident at the second annual benefit for the Jazz Musicians’ Emergency Fund at the Apollo Theatre on Sept. 26: Harlem will always be a place where great music lives. A Great Night in Harlem, hosted by Bill

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Responding to a dire shortage of blood donations, the New York City Central Labor Council will sponsor a union blood drive next month. More details about the drive, which will take place from Oct. 7-11 at a number of locations,

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Leo Ball
World-renowned pianist Marty Napoleon has a contagious disease. It’s called “the joy of playing music.” If you’ve ever witnessed one of his performances, you’ll see a man bouncing up and down on his piano bench, smiling and laughing. Before you

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REMEMBERING ALEC FILA To the Editor: Thank you for including the name of my father-in-law, the extraordinary trumpeter Alec Fila, in the Requiem listing in February’s Allegro. It would have meant a lot to him. Poor health and the demise

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March 12, 2002 -- April 16, 2002
TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2002 Meeting called to order at 11:30 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Reynolds, Rohdin and Shankin, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison

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The giant balloon rat is the unique weapon of the New York labor movement. The Laborers’ Union started it all by parking rats in front of non-union construction sites. Local 802 has often borrowed other union’s rats, most recently for

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MAMMA MIA Local 802 settled a grievance brought against the producers of the Broadway production of Mamma Mia. The two guitarists in that orchestra perform on sophisticated electronic instruments that are able to emulate the sounds of various guitar and

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Heather Beaudoin
BROADWAY RETURNS $1 MILLION IN AID DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE EXTENDED CITY COUNCIL URGES ADDITIONAL CUTS TO CITY AGENCIES COUNCIL URGES END TO PREDATORY LENDING NEW YORK STATE BUDGET LATE AGAIN BROADWAY RETURNS $1 MILLION IN AID New York City provided

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Jackelyn S. Frost, CSW
Devoting years to developing and maintaining one’s music ability – a calling that often requires long hours of isolated practice – can sometimes undermine a musician’s development of people skills. It’s possible that some people are drawn to pursuing music

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For more than 30 years Local 802 member Bobby Short and his orchestra have been charming patrons of the Café Carlyle with elegance and style. This self-described saloon pianist and singer appears five nights a week at the famed Carlyle

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CANDIDATES APPRECIATE POWER OF MUSIC To the Editor: While performing at a recent fundraising event for H. Carl McCall and Dennis Mehiel, the Democratic candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New York State, several Local 802 musicians were treated

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Several month ago, the 802 Health Benefits Plan announced that coverage has been expanded to provide benefits for same-sex domestic partners. That coverage has now been expanded still further, to include domestic partners of the same or opposite sex. An

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Local 802 is trying to put together a database of parking facilities in midtown Manhattan that charge reasonable rates…and who would know better than our members? If you like to share your secret spot with other members and if we

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by Burt Korall, Oxford University Press, 2002, 308 pages, $35 hardcover
Bobby Shankin (reviewer)
Attention drummers, jazz lovers, bebop lovers and students of jazz history! Run – I repeat, run – do not walk – to your local bookstore and purchase this absolutely wonderful book. And make sure you purchase it instead of just

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FUND RUNNING LOW IN NEW YORK LEGISLATION WOULD REINSTATE COMMUTER TAX REDISTRICTING NEW YORK NEW YORK CITY UNIONS UNITE FOR LIVING WAGE DEBATE CONTINUES ON MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AS CARRY-ON UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FUND RUNNING LOW IN NEW YORK The

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Actor's Federal Credit Union
Although it’s not possible for every credit union member to have a personal ATM, Actors Federal Credit Union comes close – with one ATM for every 250 members. As 2001 drew to a close, AFCU had more than 50 ATMs

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Ray Alexander – Drums/Vibraphone Henry Baigelman – Saxophone Ray Brown – Bass Robert Cadway – Guitar Winston Collymore – Violin Noel G. Da Costa – Violin/Composer Matt Dennis – Piano Sidney Fine – Arranger Frank Floyd – Guitar Gene Gardner

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OFF-BROADWAY Forbidden Broadway 2001, A Spoof Odyssey: A two-year agreement with FBNY Limited Partnership, John Freedson, Producer, covers the music director in this production, which is now being presented at the 199-seat Douglas Fairbanks Theatre. Earlier productions were staged in

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Heather Beaudoin
WORKFORCE INVESTMENT FUNDS IN JEOPARDY HOUSE APPROVES BILL TO EXTEND JOBLESS AID HELP HALT PRESCRIPTION DRUG COST SERRRANO TO HEAD CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE STATE LEGISLATURE COMMITTEE CHANGES   WORKFORCE INVESTMENT FUNDS IN JEOPARDY The New York City Council’s General Welfare

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Did you know???
If your doctor orders X-rays or lab work for diagnostic reasons, the cost of the tests will be covered in full, with no co-payment, at a participating MagnaCare lab or radiology facility. Tests carried out at an out-of-network facility will

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Heather Beaudoin
LEGISLATURE PASSES MISUSE OF PUBLIC FUNDS BILL NYC COUNCIL UNVEILS PROPOSAL ON HOUSING FUNDS DCA ANNOUNCES CULTURAL CHALLENGE GRANTEES SUIT OVER MUSIC PRICING IS SETTLED 802-ENDORSED CANDIDATES PREVAILED IN PRIMARIES LEGISLATURE PASSES MISUSE OF PUBLIC FUNDS BILL Legislation passed in

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OFF-BROADWAY The Last 5 Years: Local 802 has negotiated a one-year agreement with The Last 5 Years, L.L.C., Roy Gabay, General Manager, Arielle Tepper & Marty Bell, Producers, for the six musicians performing in this production at the 399-seat Minetta

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On May 17 and 18, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra joined with Cyro Baptista and his samba group to present “Carnival on Broadway.” The program featured new music by LCJO director Wynton Marsalis, composed to highlight the connections between Brazilian

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RECLAIMING OUR AIRWAVES FROM ADVERTISERS To the Editor: I read with interest President Moriarity’s editorial on radio “integration” (click here for last month’s President’s Report). As a musician, I have a few thoughts. When the profit motive is the driving

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Directed by Michael Moore
Peter Church (reviewer)
One of the most clever media buys of recent years is the decision to advertise Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine on MTV. Tune in to MTV’s shows TRL or The Real World these days, and you’re likely to see a

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James T. Bescherer – Piano Nicholas Caliendo – Drums Jerry Carr – Alto Saxophone Dan Franklin – Arranger/Copyist Sidney Harris – Trombone Lawrence E. Henderson – Saxophone Donald W. Johnston – Piano/Composer/Arranger Etta Jones – Vocals Anthony Karboski, Jr. –

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OPPOSED TO EMERGENCY POWERS To the editor: The most recent Members Newsletter includes an article entitled “Are Emergency Powers Needed?” in which the Executive Board laments the fact that, after the events of Sept. 11, it was unable to lower

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COUNTRY MUSIC TRANSLATES WELL TO CHINESE To the Editor: In May, my band and I were invited to perform in China. Covering 23,000 miles, the tour ranged from giant outdoor concerts in Shenyang and Dalian and beautiful concert halls like

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April 23, 2002 -- May 21, 2002
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2002 Meeting called to order at 11:27 a.m. Present: Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Landolfi, Reynolds, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Assistant Director Lennon,

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George E. Banks – Piano/Arranger/Copyist William E. Bivens – Saxophone Philip Cadway – Bass David J. Cogan – Violin Dorothy DeLay – Violin Harold Ehrmann – Saxophone Melvin L. Flood – Flute Susan Follari – Viola Carl Forte – Drums

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Chabad Centennial Rehearsal, performance and videotape. Sixty musicians, no union contract, no pension and health benefits, and wages of just $350. These were the sub-scale, nonunion terms presented to the musicians hired to perform in the Jewish Learning Group’s Chabad

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Heather Beaudoin
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION RATES FAR TOO LOW CRITICAL FUNDING RESTORED TO GIULIANI’S LAST BUDGET FEBRUARY SPECIAL ELECTIONS SET SPITZER URGES CONSUMERS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HEALTH CARE ASSISTANCE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE REACHES 5.4 PERCENT WORKERS’ COMPENSATION RATES FAR TOO LOW Raising workers’

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OFF-BROADWAY Jolson & Company: Local 802 negotiated an agreement with Jolson & Company, L.L.C., Roger Gindi, general manager, for this production at the 299-seat Century Center Theatre covering three musicians. The minimum scale for an eight-performance week is $700, which

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Heather Beaudoin
$5.5 BILLION MORE ALLOCATED TO HELP REBUILD MANHATTAN IMPORTANT CAMPAIGNS WILL CONTINUE NEXT YEAR ARTS NONPROFITS GENERATE $36.8 BILLION FOR ECONOMY INCOME GAP IS WIDEST IN NEW YORK TENANT RIGHTS LEGISLATION $5.5 BILLION MORE ALLOCATED TO HELP REBUILD MANHATTAN Congressional

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Following are some of the national boycotts endorsed by the national AFL-CIO. The boycotts were instituted by and are conducted by the unions noted in the descriptions. Contact them for detailed information about the dispute and how other unions can

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December 18, 2001 -- January 22, 2002
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2001 Meeting called to order at 11:22 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Reynolds, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Jazz Advisory Committee

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Heather Beaudoin
AFL-CIO URGES MORE MEMBERS, MORE VOTERS COBRA BILL CONTINUES TO BUILD SUPPORT FULL $20 BILLION IN SEPT. 11 AID IS SOUGHT HAVE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT, WILL TRAVEL AFL-CIO URGES MORE MEMBERS, MORE VOTERS AFL-CIO President John Sweeney urged union leaders to

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Heather Beaudoin
LEGISLATURE PASSES MISUSE OF PUBLIC FUNDS BILL GROWING NUMBERS OF NEW YORKERS ARE UNINSURED WORKERS PAY MORE FOR INSURANCE NYFA ANNOUNCES NEW YORK ARTS RECOVERY FUND GRANTS AFL-CIO KICKS OFF ONLINE LABOR DAY LEGISLATURE PASSES MISUSE OF PUBLIC FUNDS BILL

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February 26, 2002 -- March 5, 2002
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2002 Meeting called to order at 11:40 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Landolfi, Reynolds, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Jazz Advisory

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Long Island Philharmonic A series of outstanding grievances have been resolved with the management of Long Island Philharmonic. In June 2001, two rostered musicians had not received first call for an engagement prior to the work being offered to substitute

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IN THE JAZZ FIELD Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra: Festival Productions has signed a new contract for the 2001-2002 season covering all performances at Carnegie Hall and the John Harms Center in New Jersey. The contract will also cover concerts performed

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CHABAD CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Local 802 won three claims against Zalman Goldstein, president of the Jewish Learning Group, for failure to pay wages, health benefits and pension owed to 61 musicians he hired for a recording made March 10, entitled Chabad

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April 16 Memorial Is Planned for Marty Holmes – An evening of music and song in memory of Marty Holmes, a saxophone player, composer and arranger, is planned for Tuesday, April 16, at Goldie’s Restaurant in Valley Stream. It will

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HARLEM SONG A seven-month letter of agreement was reached with Apollo Review, L.L.C., Steven Chaikelson, General Manager, for this 90-minute review at the 1,244-seat Apollo Theatre, which employs nine musicians. The minimum scale wages for performances and rehearsals are 80

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Why Not Make Health Payments Optional?Click here for Local 802’s response To the Editor: I recently had a conversation with a contractor with whom I have had a long-term working relationship. He has mentioned to me on various occasions the

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OFF-BROADWAY Summer of ’42: Local 802 has negotiated a two-year agreement with Summer of ’42, LP, Mitchell Maxwell, Producer, for six musicians who are performing in a run-out presentation of this musical at Stamford’s Rich Forum Theatre and returning to

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A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE Local 802 has reached a four-month collective bargaining agreement with Lincoln Center for seven musicians performing at the 299-seat Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre. The agreement provides a minimum weekly scale wage for side musicians of

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January 29, 2002 -- February 19, 2002
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2002 Meeting called to order at 11:15 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens.

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Nicholas Caliendo – Drums John E. Collins – Guitar Dominic Cortese – Accordion Ted Da Bruzzo – Drums Artie Deutsch – Musician/Activist Alec Fila – Trumpet Anthony Fiocco – Trumpet Charles W. Fox – Piano Armando Ghitalla – Trumpet Allen

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Richard Amend – Piano Vincent Benevento – Guitar Michael Bookspan – Drums Harry Boris – Drums Moe Dalio (Dallolio) – Saxophone Rafael Druian – Violin Harvey Estrin – Saxophone/Flute Charles Frazier – Saxophone Earl Frazier – Piano Jack Goldman –

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Sandra Appleman – Cello William H. Bodkin – Piano Richard J. Brady – Trombone Alfred C. Cobbs – Trombone/Arranger Tony Corsello – Bass Matt Dennis – Piano/Vocalist/Composer Cal Gilford – Violin Harold Goldberg – Drums Norman Greenberg – Conductor/Arranger Richard

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Heather Beaudoin
HELLO? SORRY, CAN’T TALK. I’M AT A PERFORMANCE. COUNCIL PREDICTS $1 BILLION SHORTFALL ODDO INTRODUCES ANOTHER SMOKING BILL UNION WORKERS FARE BETTER LESS HEALTH COVERAGE FOR WORKERS HELLO? SORRY, CAN’T TALK. I’M AT A PERFORMANCE. Local 802 testified at a

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Max Ausfresser – Drums Ralph Burns – Piano/Composer Leonard Calderon – Drums/Arranger/Copyist Harold R. Coletta – Violin Joseph Conte – Violin/Conductor Adolph M. De Optatis – Piano Tommy Flanagan – Piano David “Panama” Francis – Drums Winston Grennan – Drums

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Vincent Benevento – Guitar Vincent Bogart – Trumpet William Catizone – Violin Xavier Chavez – Piano/Teacher James De Meo – Saxophone Charles (Chuck) Frazier – Saxophone Earl Frazier – Piano Cal Gilford – Violin Anton Guadagno – Conductor/Artistic Director Lionel

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December 4, 2001 -- December 11, 2001
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2001 Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Reynolds, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens. Nov. 27 minutes unanimously approved as

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August 20, 2002 -- September 17, 2002
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2002 Meeting called to order at 11:35 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Crow, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Reynolds, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens. Recording Vice-President Price excused while on

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July 9, 2002 -- August 13, 2002
TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2002 Meeting called to order at 11:30 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Executive Board members Crow, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Reynolds, Rohdin and Shankin, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Assistant Director Lennon, Assistant Supervisor of National Contracts

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May 28, 2002 -- July 2, 2002
TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2002 Meeting called to order at 11:30 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Executive Board members Crow, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Reynolds, Shankin and Weiss, Assistant to the President Dennison, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens. Financial Vice-President

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COUNT BASIE BAND Count Basie Enterprises, Inc. signed a pension contribution agreement with Local 802 for performances that took place in Japan between Oct. 13 and Nov. 1. The band and the union have been unable to agree on a

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April 22, 2002
The Trial Board of Local 802, AFM, convened on April 22, 2002. Meeting called to order at 1 p.m. Present: members Goletz, Hood, Ray, Rojas, Schwartz and Singer. Members Koch, Lambert and Roberts absent. Case # 921: Plaintiff Raul Azpiazu

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AMERICAN OPERA MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY Local 802’s four-year skirmish with a small chamber opera company continued with another victory for the union. On Oct. 30, the NLRB’s regional director upheld Local 802’s position and ruled against Diana Corto and the

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October 23, 2001 -- November 27, 2001
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2001 Meeting called to order at 11:30 a.m. Present: Recording Vice-President Price, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Gale, Giannini, Reynolds, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert. President Moriarity excused to attend AFM-EP Fund meeting. Financial Vice-President Hafemeister excused

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January 8, 2002 Members of the Coordinating Advisory Committee: Unanimously approved a request from Jimmy Owens for reimbursement of expenses for attending the IAJE convention in Long Beach, Calif., Jan. 8-13. Up to $1,785 will be reimbursable, upon submission of

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November 13, 2001
Before the meeting was called to order, President Bill Moriarity and Vice-President Erwin Price spoke to the committee regarding the CAC’s mandate to fund “general fields of employment” to promote union work for as many 802 members as possible, as

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Ray Conniff – Trombone Harry Deitch – Saxophone Harriet Fay – Piano Vincent Forchetti – Trombone Anton Guadagno – Conductor Marvin Hartenstein – Saxophone Carlos Martinez – Piano Stephen Maxym – Bassoon Alphonse Naclerio – Drums Ray Conniff Ray Conniff,

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January 31, 2002
The Trial Board of Local 802, AFM, convened on Jan. 31, 2002. Meeting called to order at 1 p.m. President Moriarity administered the oath of office to the new Trial Board members Goletz, Hood, Koch, Lambert, Ray, Roberts, Schwartz and

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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 comtemporary and traditional labor music, art, books, videos, posters, buttons and notecards that make

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September 24, 2002 -- October 15, 2002
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2002 Meeting called to order at 11:30 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Reynolds, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison,

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June 18, 2002
Members of the CAC: Approved a request by John Palatucci for $1,500 to cover the printing costs of the Goldman Band’s programs for a concert that week and for concerts in August. Programs are used to solicit donations from the

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October 9, 2001
Members of the CAC: Voted unanimously to approve a grant of $5,000 for the Henry Street Chamber Opera’s 2002 opera production budget, for a production which will employ 33 musicians working under union contracts. The funds will go toward music

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Bill Crow
Sam Levine passed along a story from a friend of his, Jack Moser, about a gig he had played with a Washington leader named Dave Littlefield for the opening of the Rockville, Md., metro station. Littlefield had sold them two

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Bill Crow
Richard Sussman passed along a story that the late Jimmy Maxwell told years ago while riding on the bus with the Lionel Hampton band. Jimmy was remembering an earlier bus ride to Chicago with the Benny Goodman band. He had

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Bill Crow
Last November I flew with the Cab Calloway band down to Bonita Springs, Florida, to play an outdoor concert at the Brooks Center. The bandstand was at the edge of a beautiful lagoon. We set up during a colorful sunset

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Bill Crow
Frad Garner is translating Baron Timme Rosenkrantz’s memoir of Harlem, written in German, into English. Rosenkrantz was a good friend of Louis Armstrong, and included this story: Arthur Jackson once told of how Louis had been to a little late-night

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Bill Crow
Alan Foust forwarded some quotes from the late Paul Desmond that were passed around the internet recently: “I have won several prizes as the world’s slowest alto player as well as a special award in 1961 for quietness.” “I was

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Bill Crow
The late Vinnie Burke, a wonderful bassist, was well known among his fellow musicians for his principled and outspoken positions on swing, tempo and repertoire. A purist with demanding criteria, Vinnie could be scathing if he detected transgressions such as

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Bill Crow
On mornings that I come to Local 802, I often stop at the Au Bon Pain in the Port Authority bus depot for a bit of breakfast before I walk up to 48th Street. One morning I was sitting at

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Bill Crow
Maura Gianini passed along a letter she got from Paul Grosney in Ontario: At an affair at the Beth Zedek Synagogue in Toronto, a guy came to the bandstand and made some odd musical requests. The leader asked him, “Which

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Bill Crow
The transformation of Woody Herman’s band in the mid-1940s from “The Band That Plays the Blues” to the modern jazz of the “Herman Herd” was effected by an enthusiastic group of young sidemusicians playing the arrangements of Woody’s new arranger,

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Bill Crow
Andrew Schulman, who plays the eight-string guitar, was invited to do a five-concert solo tour of the Soviet Union in the fall of 1991, while the dissolution of the USSR was already under way. Andrew played concerts in Smolensk, Petrozavodsk,

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Bill Crow
Dave Frishberg remembered his first night with Ben Webster’s group at the Shalimar in Los Angeles. Ben was at the microphone introducing the next song, “Danny Boy,” and he turned to Dave at the piano and said, “Reminisce.” Dave said,

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