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Charges Against Lennon Dismissed; Two Bylaws Pass
Members dismissed charges against 802 President David Lennon by a vote of 196 to 83 at the Oct. 17 membership meeting. An overflow crowd spilled from the Club Room into Room B. The membership heard the arguments pro and con

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802 Leads Fight Against the Virtual Orchestra MachinePresident's Report
David Lennon
ICSOM Salutes 802 The following resolution was passed unanimously at the 2006 International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM): Whereas, The virtual orchestra machine represents a very real threat to live music; and Whereas, Local 802, under the leadership

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802 member John Hall performs at a house party fundraiser in Carmel, New York, in October. Photo by Suzanne Grossberg. For the first time ever, a Local 802 member has been elected to Congress. Guitarist and singer-songwriter John Hall, a

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John C. Hall, Jr.
Each year, Local 802 musicians lend their talent to “Broadway on Broadway,” produced by the League. But the annual show is starting to use more taped music. Photo by Walter Karling. Taped music has invaded Times Square. For the past

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Full Disclosure
David Lennon
On Jan. 20, 2006, concerns regarding the personal use of the union’s credit card were brought to the attention of the Local 802 Executive Board. The board immediately addressed the issue and, after consulting with 802 Controller Matt Milne and

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The February Membership Meeting: Radio City Revisited
David Lennon
TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE A transcript of the Feb. 14 membership meeting is being prepared and will soon be available. Members can request a copy through the office of the president or the recording vice-president, at (212) 245-4802. A HISTORIC MEETING Our

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Members Also Call for Financial Accountability
See below article for full text of adopted bylaw resolutions. Members voted to reinstate slate voting and to increase financial accountability for officers and employees, in a packed membership meeting on June 13. Slate voting – or “ticket voting” –

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State Opens Door for Pension on Club Work
Essie Hayes
Jazz musicians deserve pension! A new state law will open the door for jazz venues to contribute to musicians’ benefits. Jazz musicians deserve what many other union musicians have achieved: the right to a secure retirement. That’s why jazz players

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For the Record
David Lennon
LOCAL 802’S MISSION STATEMENT We are the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, American Federation of Musicians Local 802, one of the largest local unions of professional musicians in the world. We unite to fight for the common interests of

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Midori Teachers Win New Contract
Summer Smith
Midori teaching artists hold a copy of their new contract. Sometimes you have to fight to win. After 10 months of negotiations and an eight-week strike, teaching artists at the Midori and Friends Foundation have finally ratified their second contract.

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Local 802 Inaugurates Jazz Appreciation Month
Essie Hayes
Steve Kroon (congas) and Wally “Gator” Watson (drum set) pump out rhythms for a Jazz Appreciation Month concert, which 802 co-sponsored with Bread and Roses. Local 802 held its first Jazz Appreciation Month (“JAM”) concert on April 27. Judging by

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When records were invented, thousands of musicians lost jobs, partly because jukeboxes and D.J.’s replaced live bands. This led to musicians refusing to make records: the recording strike of 1942 to 1944. As part of the strike settlement, the AFM

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What Every Broadway Musician Should KnowPresident's Report
David Lennon
First implemented in the 1993 contract between Local 802 and the League of American Theatres and Producers, the Special Situations exception allows shows that qualify — under certain criteria — to utilize fewer than the agreed upon minimum for the

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Labor Board Rules in Favor of Local 802
Harvey Mars with Mikael Elsila
The virtual orchestra machine and its proponents have lost again. At the end of July, the New York State Employment Relations Board determined that the agreement between Local 802 and the Opera Company of Brooklyn — including the groundbreaking ban

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Going Forward: Building Power in Partnership with the Rank and File
David Lennon
For several decades, as union membership declined as a share of the American workforce, union leaders refused to acknowledge the problem. Union density — the percentage of the workforce that is unionized — was at its highest in the post-World

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On The International Front: A Week in Washington with the IEB
David Lennon
It was a busy week for the AFM International Executive Board when we convened our first quarter meeting in Washington D.C. last week, from March 28-31. I would like to take this opportunity to review some of the highlights of

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Musicians for "Love, Janis" Win Back Benefits
Mary Donovan
Protests at “Love, Janis” in 2001 resulted in a union contract for musicians. Photos by Joy Portugal. A five-year grievance involving the musical “Love, Janis” is over. Musicians have finally received the benefits due to them. From the beginning this

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Recording Vice President's Report
Bill Dennison
Well over 200 members attended the Feb. 14 Local 802 membership meeting. They came because of questions about the recent Radio City Music Hall negotiations and because of concerns that the open and democratic traditions of our union appeared threatened.

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What’s Really Going On Here?
David Lennon
My statement to the members at the June 13 membership meeting: I want to report to you that on Tuesday, June 6 the Local 802 Executive Board – by a vote of 5 to 4 – passed a motion asking

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Looking Ahead
David Lennon
BROADWAY Preparations for the 2007 Broadway negotiations are well underway. Recently, the Local 802 Executive Board approved a Broadway Community Initiative proposed by the Broadway Theatre Committee. The initiative will provide a training program for the Broadway delegates, which will

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Two Initiatives
David Lennon
BROADWAY As announced in my column last month, the Broadway Community Initiative is a series of seminars that will help all theatre musicians become more familiar with the terms and conditions of the contract under which they work. At the

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Harvey Mars, Esq.
Two years ago, the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology published an article which was extremely critical of the NLRB’s decision against the virtual orchestra machine and Local 802’s zero-tolerance policy. The article alleged that the V.O. machine is

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Recording Vice-President's Report
Bill Dennison
The last several months have been a difficult time for our union, its officers and staff. I believe we have done what is necessary to protect Local 802 from any repercussions related to the financial improprieties of President Lennon. We

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Sharp Rise in Health Costs is Reason for Cuts
David Lennon
Because of a projected shortfall in funds that threatens the long-term viability of the Local 802 Health Benefits Plan, the plan trustees have been forced to make a number of changes that will go into effect starting Jan. 1. The

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New York City Ballet Orchestra O.K.’s Contract
Jay Blumenthal
On March 3, the New York City Ballet Orchestra ratified a new three-year agreement retroactive from Labor Day 2005 through Aug. 31, 2008. “In these difficult times we got a pretty good settlement,” said Bob Biddlecome, bass trombonist in the

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New Film Agreement Allows More Low-Budget Deals
Mikael Elsila
A union agreement is better than no agreement at all. That truism is reflected in the AFM’s new film scales, which are available in the Wage & Contract section of this site. The new scales widen the practice of allowing

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Summer Smith
Teaching artists on strike at Midori and Friends keep their spirits high by performing music on the picket line. Pushed to the limit by more than ten months of negotiations with an unresponsive management, the 27 teaching artists represented by

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Recording Vice-President's Report
Bill Dennison
On Tuesday, June 13, more than 300 members attended a regular Local 802 membership meeting in a remarkable display of union democracy. Members stayed for nearly three hours — some standing during most of that time — to ensure that

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Broadway on Broadway: Restoring Live Music!
David Lennon
This year’s “Broadway on Broadway” celebration packed Times Square. Additional photos by Walter Karling below article. On Sept. 10, some 50,000 spectators enjoyed the annual live celebration of the Broadway musical, as “Broadway On Broadway” kicked off the fall season.

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Mikael Elsila
We’ve passed a huge benchmark at Local 802. For the first time, our payroll service has broken the $1 million barrier. More and more employers are becoming aware that since 1991, Local 802 has run a payroll service called Legit

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802 Settles New Contract for Jewish Wedding Bands
Ari Green’s BaRock Orchestra is one of the signatories to the Jewish Club Date agreement. Musicians working in the Jewish wedding field recently won a new four-year contract. The contract, which is effective immediately, boosts wages $30 over the life

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Also: Building Upgrades, Credit Card UseFinancial Vice President's Report
Jay Blumenthal
I am pleased to be able to inform you that at year-end in 2005, the Local 802 audited financials indicate a gain of $240,639. As you may remember, the membership approved a work dues increase in October 2003 due to

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Musicians supporting Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake were covered by a union contract at the MTV video music awards show. This year, MTV rocked the house with a union contract. Musicians who performed on the network’s video awards show at

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Larry Rawdon and Tino Gagliardi
As part of an ongoing effort to be fully prepared for the upcoming Broadway negotiations, the Broadway Community Initiative was launched on June 22. The Broadway Theatre Committee and the Theatre Department are bringing the initiative to the Broadway community

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Harvey Mars
Musicians performing in the show “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” won an agreement that in some ways beats the Broadway contract. Photo by Gary Schoichet. The Grinch may try to steal Christmas, but he gave musicians a great gift this

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Heather Beaudoin
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has sued Entercom, an owner of radio stations, in the latest ongoing effort to combat the pervasive influence of payola in the entertainment industry. Payola is the practice by which record labels and some independent promoters

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Pension Fund Says Yes to LLC’s
Mikael Elsila
Making pension on your gig just got a lot easier. The AFM pension fund is now allowing limited liability companies to make pension contributions. Even though this may seem like an obscure ruling, it could be a very good thing

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Orchestras and ensembles who use outside lawyers for contract negotiations will now be able to receive a larger reimbursement from the union under a bylaw resolution adopted by 802’s Executive Board on Oct. 11, 2005. From time to time, ensembles

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Money for musicians. That’s one reason Local 802 exists: to make sure that you get your fair share. In 2005, the union collected at least half a million dollars for musicians – and the figures are still coming in, promising

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Recording Vice-President's Report
Bill Dennison
National elections are always important. None more so that the Congressional elections on Nov. 7. Polls show the nearly 60 percent of the American people feel the country is headed in the wrong direction. I suspect the percent of Local

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The machine has lost again — this time at one of the most famous venues in the country. The Kennedy Center has agreed to ban the machine with its Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. The four-year deal was made with

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If you’ve fallen off your health insurance and need help paying your COBRA premiums, you may be in luck. In 2004, after years of lobbying, a coalition of entertainment unions — including Local 802 — succeeded in getting a COBRA

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A Power Fund is Launched
Tino Gagliardi
The Local 802 Broadway Theatre Committee is pleased to announce the establishment of the Live Broadway Orchestra Preservation Fund (LBOPF). Following the Broadway negotiations in 2003, in response to sentiment expressed by many Broadway musicians, there was much discussion on

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Beat on the Street
Last year, Congress came close to passing a law that would have fined musicians if they wrote “indecent” material that ended up on the air! (The AFM opposed the legislation.) As a musician, what’s your opinion on music and decency?

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Patrick Quinn Takes His Final Bow
“When we lost Patrick Quinn, the musicians’ union lost one of its best friends. Local 802 will always be indebted to Patrick for his skill and courage in taking a stand with us when the future of live music was

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Membership Alert
Thomas F. Lee
The AFM has asked each local to reprint the following article, which was published in the International Musician. Over the course of the last several years, nonunion recording of all kinds, but particularly film scoring, by both AFM and non-AFM

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David G. Weiss, Scott Healy and Jay Schaffner
On behalf of the Recording Musicians Committee of Local 802, we are pleased to announce that a new video game and interactive media agreement has been approved by the AFM’s International Executive Board. The agreement was approved by an overwhelming

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Local 802 has been informed that Steven Scott Enterprises intends to cease operations. However, we also know that Steven Scott bands continue to perform engagements already booked and in some cases are continuing to book engagements. It is our position

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Views from the Board
John Babich
In the aftermath of the Radio City negotiation, strike and lockout, it is particularly relevant to stress the importance of union democracy in general, and rank-and-file committees in particular. Although the outcome of that struggle was far from satisfactory, the

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Finally, T.V. that’s worth watching. “Working New York,” a new 30-minute talk show, hit the airwaves last October. It’s the only mainstream television program in the area, if not the country, to be solely produced by a labor organization for

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Frank Lindquist It started a few seasons ago as an experiment. How could Local 802 facilitate negotiations with the many commercial producers of Off Broadway musicals? Every new contract covered the same basic issues over and over with each new

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by Leonard Leibowitz Musician delegates from most of the nations’ major symphony, opera and ballet orchestras convened in Nashville for the annual meeting of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) during the week of Aug. 14. The

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Mikael Elsila
Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone star in “Sweeney Todd” and are new members of 802. Photo by Nigel Parry. What happens when a Broadway musical requires actors to play instruments – and how does that affect 802’s theatre minimums? That

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Views from the Board
Mary Whitaker
On April 25, I submitted my letter of resignation as a member of the Executive Board, effective immediately. I write this article as a reflection on my short term serving in that position. Three years ago I saw an opportunity

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Bill Dennison
Below is the testimony that I presented at a congressional hearing on the health care needs of those who work in the arts and entertainment industries held at Borough Hall in Brooklyn on March 6. It was sponsored by a

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Following are the statements of all candidates who submitted their statements to Allegro by the deadline. As in the past, candidates are listed in alphabetical order under the primary office they are running for. The election is Dec. 5; for

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Views from the Board
Jack Gale
Local 802 has come far since 1982. The goals of the reform movement in the 1960’s finally came to fruition in that year with the adoption of the bylaw permitting working musicians to serve on the local’s boards. In that

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New MIME Initiative Takes On Big Goals
Larry Rawdon
What are two ways to strengthen live music? First, bring back music education to the New York City public schools to help grow the next generation of audiences. Second, reach out to current audiences by drawing their attention to the

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Guest Commentary
Joel Shufro
Not everyone is aware of it, but Earth Day on April 22 provides workers and unions with a major opportunity to promote occupational health and to forge strategic alliances with environmental organizations. Of course, not all Earth Day activities promote

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Members who become disabled now have an easier time in applying for honor membership under a new bylaw resolution adopted by 802’s Executive Board. Usually, members could only earn honor status after 35 years of consecutive membership and after attaining

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Organizing Matters
Alan Cage
On the night of Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and took a courageous stand that for millions would come to symbolize the civil rights movement. The act itself was a simple one. When asked

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Essie Hayes
Jazz musicians have muscle! Musicians in the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestras have ratified a new five-year contract. The agreement covers both the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO) and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO). This year’s negotiations proved that musicians

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Auditions and Rehearsals Should Pay
Joy Portugal
With a new coverage period for the Health Benefits Plan beginning this month, 802 members have been scrambling to be sure they have earned enough credits to qualify for coverage. For the period beginning Oct. 1, members must have been

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Member to Member
Mikael Elsila
This is a story that might make some 802 members feel old. Call it “I remember records.” Disclaimer: I was born in 1972. Growing up, I remember being fascinated by my parents’ record collection. I loved my parents’ record player:

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LIABILITY INSURANCE IS BACK After the union recently stopped offering liability coverage for members on a job-to-job basis, we received many phone calls asking us to reconsider. Our reason for canceling was that the AFM offers a year-round policy for

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Negotiations Roundup
Jim Hannen
Grab your cocktail and listen. In mid-April, musicians unanimously ratified the new hotel agreement, which had expired in March 2005. It currently covers more than 40 musicians who perform in more than a dozen Manhattan hotels, and is the standard

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Frank Wagner
Rebekah Griffin (bass and cello) and Terry Greene II perform at Woodhull Hospital in exchange for their health care. For more information, click here to see this related story. When I first arrived in New York City in the year

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Photo Section
Musicians of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players rehearse at City Center. Photos by Summer Smith. Peter Hirsch and Heidi Garson Steve Shulman, Terry Szor and Rich Titone Melanie Bradford Amy Camus Deb Sponheimer Bob Lawrence Susan Shaw Mike

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Financial Vice-President's Report
Jay Blumenthal
The recently completed audit of the Local 802 finances — which can be read on pages 22 to 25 — would lead one to believe that our union is in good financial health. And it is. But the audit report

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Views from the Board
Mary Landolfi
There can be little doubt that the last six months have been among the most difficult I have experienced at Local 802. Recent events have created divisions among us; some have even fallen prey to the instinct to characterize these

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Recording Seminar a Success
The first seminar sponsored by the 802 Recording Musicians Committee was held at the union on Oct. 26. Musicians from all over the metropolitan area learned about the terms of the recording contract and discussed working in the recording business.

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802 Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
I was recently contacted by the president of AFM Local 369 (Las Vegas) with a question regarding the strike precipitated by Wayne (“Mr. Las Vegas”) Newton’s refusal to enter into a union contract for performances at the Flamingo. The president

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Many Local 802 contracts refer to overtime, but when does overtime really begin? This question was answered in a recent settlement between Local 802 and the League. Two overtime grievances going back to 2003 – involving “Nine” and “The Producers”

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Dom Salvador’s Lyrical Life
Essie Hayes
When pianist Dom Salvador arrived at Local 802 for our interview, he brought with him a sense of style and class characteristic of great talent. I warmed up to him immediately because he has such a warm smile and great

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Theresa Couture
Local 802 is pleased to announce the launch of a new Web site devoted exclusively to the union’s referral service, at www.NYCLiveMusic.com. This site is for members of the public who are looking to hire professional musicians, mainly for single

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Local 802French horn players Chris Komer and Bob Carlisle. The last time pop music icon Frankie Valli recorded with Bob Gaudio and Charles Calello in New York City was in the late 1960’s. A decade later, Valli returned with Calello

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New York City Councilmember Christine Quinn (District #3) was nominated and elected to lead the New York City Council by her fellow Councilmembers on January 4. Speaker Quinn has been a longtime friend of 802 and of the labor movement

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Guest Commentary
Esther Cohen
Why we need culture is obvious to members of the musicians’ union. Without songs, and without music, we would be bereft. The score to all our lives would be missing, and that loss would be irreparable. The same is true,

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Jay Blumenthal
Many years ago Local 802 established the Classical Musicians Forum. The purpose was to provide an opportunity for classical musicians who perform in New York area orchestras to discuss issues of common concern. It also provided an opportunity for working

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Controller's Report
Ira Goldman
I would like to start by introducing myself. I began work this June at Local 802. I have over 25 years of experience working in public accounting and as a controller. The past three months, I have worked on preparing

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Beat on the Street
What’s the best way to carry your instrument on an airplane? We received more than a hundred replies. Local 802 will be continuing this discussion on 802’s Web site in coming months. CARRY-ON DISPUTE LEADS TO VIOLENCE Valery Ponomarev, 63,

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...or it's time your music library came out of the closet
Judy Kahn
Okay, so you admit that you store your music wherever you can find the space to stash it. And you claim to know where it is. But every time you look for a piece, it takes you an hour or

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Cross-Border Campaigns in the Entertainment Industry
Jay Schaffner
When you hear “globalization,” do you think of music? How about media corporations taking advantage of lower-paid musicians in other countries? The following article is based on a presentation by Jay Schaffner, 802’s recording supervisor and an Executive Board member,

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The Many Moods of Geri Allen
Matt Weiers
Geri Allen is one of the many important musicians to emerge from Detroit. After graduating with a degree in jazz studies from Howard University, the pianist attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a master’s degree in ethnomusicology before

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Honor Roll
The Bohemians, one of the premier musicians’ clubs in the world, celebrated 802 honor member, pianist and conductor Abba Bogin on May 8 at its annual gala dinner. Bogin, who is currently the club’s president, told Allegro that he was,

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Take notice: the union now has a fund to pay you for gigs! But as Tom Waits once said, the large print giveth and the small print taketh away, so read on for more details… The new fund is named

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The following bylaw proposals have been submitted for the June 13 membership meeting. PROPOSAL: “TICKET” VOTING WHEREAS for many years, candidates for Local 802’s elected offices were afforded the option of being listed as a ticket in a separate column

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Need to improve your image? “Broadway Smiles” is a new program that will make cosmetic dentistry procedures available to young professional performers at reduced or no cost. The New York University College of Dentistry’s Center for Continuing Dental Education will

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The views expressed here do not express the views of Local 802. Letters must be 300 words or less. Send them to Allegro, c/o Local

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About a month ago, most Local 802 members received in the mail their annual earnings report from the AFM pension fund. Due to a data processing glitch, some musicians received statements that did not contain complete information about their covered

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Music & Politics
Heather Beaudoin
Local 802 musicians should vote in the Sept. 12 primaries and volunteer on Election Day on Nov. 7. Why? Because this year’s elections will better you, your family, and your profession — if the right candidates win. Local 802’s Executive

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802 Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Recently, several musicians have brought to my attention a problem which probably affects just about every musician who is compelled to travel via air to get to a job. How can they safely stow away their musical instruments while they

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Musicians Assistance Program
Leslie Cardell, LCSW
Denial can be a normal, natural and even instinctive response to the stresses of life. It’s a way of refusing to deal with an uncomfortable or painful reality, or an aspect of our experience. Denial becomes problematic when its continued

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Guest Commentary
Jon Platner
On Feb. 22, South Dakota became the first state in 14 years to pass legislation, signed by the governor on March 6, aimed at directly challenging Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. But

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Each year, as the tax season approaches, Allegro publishes these updated tax tips provided by Local 802’s accounting firm, Gould, Kobrick & Schlapp P.C. OVERVIEW AND HIGHLIGHTS The following outline focuses on aspects of the tax law that specifically affect

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Organizing Matters
John O’Connor
Folk concerts are union gigs? They should be and they are! In February, AFM Local 1000, the federation’s only non-geographical local, asked 802’s Executive Board for permission to negotiate with the Pine Woods Folk Club to cover the venue’s main

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Views from the Board
Andy Schwartz
Greetings from the Executive Board. I am your newest board member, having been appointed to fill the vacancy left by Bill Rohdin, who has now become the assistant to the president. I am extremely grateful to be picked for this

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Leslie Cardell, LCSW
So here we are, just a few weeks into the New Year. Resolutions have been made; goals have been set for the future. How many of them have already been broken, or set aside for another day? That ten pounds

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Music Tells Stories that Textbooks Ignore
Dave Elsila
Woodie Guthrie. Photo credit: Robin Carson/The Woody Guthrie Archives. Take a trip with me in 1913 To Calumet, Michigan, in the Copper Country. I’ll take you to a place called Italian Hall Where the miners are having their big Christmas

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Views from the Board
Maura Giannini
While we all appreciate the commitment of members who serve on the Executive Board, I regret that Mary Whitaker’s short tenure was such a negative experience for her. However, my own experience in 13 years as a board member has

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Members of the orchestra and cast of “Jersey Boys” appeared on the “Today Show” on January 6. Kevin Dow, drums; and Deborah Hurwitz, keys. Singing (left to right) are John Lloyd Young, Daniel Reichard, Christian Hoff and J. Robert Spencer.

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In the last issue of Allegro we told you that the New York State Employment Relations Board had issued a complaint on Aug. 24 against former Steven Scott leader Ike Walkover. On Sept. 21 the state board issued complaints against

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Grievance Corner
Jay Blumenthal
Recently, Local 802 prevailed at arbitration over job security for a member of the American Symphony Orchestra. A prior change in the ASO rehearsal schedule resulted in a musician being needed for an afternoon rehearsal that previously did not require

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Musicians who recorded the theme for the CBS news program “The Saturday Early Show” just won $173,127.24 in late penalties, thanks to the efforts of Local 802, the AFM, and the employer itself. The seven musicians were due the money

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A REP RETURNS Joel LeFevre passed his six-month probation on March 20 and joins the Recording Department as a business rep and recording organizer. Joel returns to Local 802 after a 20-year absence during which he worked in various organizing

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Women's History Month Interview
Matt Weiers
Think of women in jazz and one of the first names that comes to mind is pianist Marian McPartland. So it’s a no-brainer that we sought out McPartland for this tribute to Women’s History Month. According to Wikipedia, McPartland was

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MPF Deadline is April 20
April 20 is the deadline for requests for funding from the Music Performance Fund (MPF). You can use this money for gigs that take place from May 1, 2006 through April 30, 2007. If you have never applied for this

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Photo Section
No War! Local 802 musicians and staff marched with thousands of others on April 29. Allegro asked musicians why they marched against the war; check out their answers. Photos by Joy Portugal. I almost never miss a peace rally or

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Guest Commentary
Bob Master
The Working Families Party and our supporters have both an opportunity and a challenge in front of us, both unmatched in the party’s history. I’ll discuss these in a moment. But first I want to talk about our responsibility. We

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Membership Alert
Leo Ball
Since its inception in 1991, Legit 802 has grown to a point where we are realizing over $1 million a year in gross contracts processed. This prompted me to believe that we were drawing close to a break-even point. I

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Heather Beaudoin
NOISE IN NEW YORK Intro 397-A is legislation recently passed by the New York City Council that has revised the city’s thirty-year-old noise code. New York City Council Members Gennaro, Avella, Comrie, Fidler, Jackson, Provenzano, Recchia, Weprin, Liu, Addabbo and

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Membership Alert
CALL THE STEVEN SCOTT HOTLINE Local 802 members who perform with any of the former Steven Scott leaders are required to report these engagements to Local 802. Calls may be made anonymously, 24 hours a day, to Local 802’s “Steven

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Jim Hannen
After lengthy negotiations, an agreement with the Concert Pops of Long Island was reached in June. The previous contract expired July 1, 2004, but was extended for one year by mutual agreement. The Pops perform free to the public in

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Grievance Corner
At the end of July, the Recording Department finally received all session musician wages and music prep wages for the cast album of “Lestat,” the Broadway musical which closed over the summer. The cast album was recorded on May 22,

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This past year the whole country saw the re-broadcast of the Liza Minnelli show, “Liza With a Z,” on public broadcasting stations across the country. The show meant something special for the 85 musicians who originally performed on the program

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March for peace, justice and democracy, and spread the word to bring our troops home now! On April 29, join other labor activists in saying no to the war in Iraq. JOIN THE LOCAL 802 CONTINGENT AT THE APRIL 29

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Membership Alert
Summer Smith
Last year’s protests resulted in a win for Knitting Factory musicians. Pictured are Rebecca Moore and Dean Bowman. Recording artists and Local 802 won a settlement last year against KnitMedia, the parent company to several labels, including Knitting Factory Records

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802 Legal Corner: The First Amendment in the Workplace
Harvey Mars
Perhaps the most cherished of all our civil liberties is freedom of speech and association established by the First Amendment. Thomas Jefferson once wrote: “A right to take the side which every man’s conscience approves in a civil contest is

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802 Legal Corner
Harvey Mars
When Congress formulated the National Labor Relations Act in 1935, a huge category of employees was unfortunately omitted from coverage: public sector employees. In New York State, until the Taylor Law was enacted in 1967, public sector employees were not

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Metropolitan Opera Guild. Local 802 settled a grievance against the Metropolitan Opera Guild for failure to offer work according to the seniority provisions of our collective bargaining agreement. Because the grievance was not resolved in initial meetings between the shop

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Dr. Vicki Silver, Au.D
It begins slowly. The first thing you may notice is the ringing in your ears and a feeling like they’re full. When you get into your car, the radio needs to be adjusted because it sounds lower than it did

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The views expressed here do not express the views of Local 802. Letters must be 300 words or less. Send them to Allegro, c/o Local

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As of March 6, the facilities rate for copyists on Broadway increased to 139.82 per day. There are also additional increases in the Broadway wage scales for copyists as of March 6. For more information, call the Music Prep department

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American Indian Artists Inc. (AMERINDA) is seeking talent for its Web-based Native American Artists Roster (NAAR), a source of multidisciplinary information on the rich array of emerging and established Native American artists who live and work in NYC and the

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month!
April is Jazz Appreciation Month! The Smithsonian launched the theme month in 2003, and Local 802 is celebrating by co-sponsoring a jazz concert and poetry reading on April 27 at 310 West 43rd Street from 6:30 to 9. The union

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A free spring health fair for all entertainment industry professionals will be held on May 9 from 10 to 3 at Actors’ Equity, 165 West 46th Street, on the second floor. The fair will include free blood pressure screenings, cholesterol

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Andy Schwartz
I was pleased to represent Local 802 at the sixth annual Future of Music Policy Summit, which took place in Montreal in early October. The summit brought together musical artists, managers, performing rights organizations, producers, radio, unions, consumer electronics representatives,

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In March, we asked members for help so that Local 802 could collect on a $55,847.20 judgment against Archer Lyon Entertainment and Jordan Belkin. This judgment represented wages and benefits owed to musicians who had performed for Jose Carreras at

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2006 Chelsea Halloween Parade
Live music couldn’t scare all of the ghosts away at the 2006 Chelsea Halloween parade in Washington Square Park. Local 802 member Henry Heller sat in on bagpipes with the NYU band. Photos by Walter Karling. From left: Maria Derr,

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The views expressed here do not express the views of Local 802. Letters must be 300 words or less. Send them to Allegro, c/o Local

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On Feb. 8, 2003, Jose Carreras performed at Avery Fisher Hall to a packed house. The musicians who performed for that concert — which was covered by a Local 802 contract — have never been paid. The union sued the

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Caroline L. Werner
Are you stressed out? Do you feel tense? Or overwhelmed? Me too. As I write this article, I’m stressed out about making my publication deadline and the half dozen other things on my “to do” list. Perhaps you were recently

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A Lifetime Activist Gets the SpotlightMusical Lives, Musical Stories
Mikael Elsila
How do you sum up a life of 89 years – especially a life as rich as activist Julius Margolin? It’s almost an impossible task, but a new film about Margolin is up to it. “A Union Man: The Life

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Music is the beat of the labor movement. Local 802 members and supporters marched at the Central Labor Council’s annual labor rally on September 9. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, whom 802 has endorsed for re-election, addressed the crowd. All photos

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Ethan Bauch – Bassoon Marty Caruso – Saxophone Jay Dale – Bass Guitar Stephen C. Fox – Bagpipe Michael M Golizio – Bass George E. Harris – Drums Frank T Hunter – Trombone/Arranger/Copyist Frederick Koch – Piano/Conductor/Copyist Henry Koenig –

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802 Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
If you are a Broadway musician and your show closes, can you apply for unemployment? Yes. While you are collecting unemployment, can you sub on other Broadway shows, teach lessons, and play other freelance gigs? Yes, but your unemployment check

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Guest Commentary
John Hall
Why, people ask, would a successful guitarist, singer, songwriter and Local 802 member want to be in Congress, let alone go through a grueling campaign? The answer is that I care about my country, my home and the future we

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Membership Alerts
Last month, we informed Allegro readers that 802 member Kermit Driscoll has very serious late-stage Lyme disease. Fellow musicians are organizing three benefits for him: Dec. 13 at Barbes, 376 Ninth Street (at Sixth Avenue) in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Trumpeter

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Bettina Covo and Mary Donovan
Musicians and actors in the show “Hot and Sweet” perform at the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Local 802 supports the festival as a way to welcome new members. The Theatre Department is often asked the $1 million question:

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Allegro won several awards from the International Labor Communications Association, the professional organization of labor newspapers. Allegro was voted to be the third best labor newspaper in the country within its circulation class. The judges said in their comments that

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On Wednesday, October 18, 2006 this season’s first meeting of the Classical Musicians’ Forum met in the Club Room at Local 802. The topic of discussion was the new Symphony, Opera and Ballet Live Recording Agreement (SOBLRA). Deborah Newmark, Director

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Heather Beaudoin
BLOOMBERG ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING Mayor Bloomberg gave the following remarks on his weekly radio address for March 5. New York City’s success story — our achievements in reducing crime, reforming our schools, and building our economy in all five boroughs

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Jacob Heyman-Kantor
Last June, musicians from the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players (NYGASP) went on a runout to the Wolftrap theatre in Virginia. The trip usually takes four hours, but due to a bus breakdown, the trip took ten. The collective

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Leo Ball: The Man Behind the HornMusical Lives, Musical Stories
Bill Crow
Leo Ball has been a familiar face around the music world of both coasts for many years, and at the offices of Local 802 since 1990. He has interviewed many musicians for Allegro, including Joe Bennett, Chris Griffin, Marty Napoleon,

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Music & Politics
Heather Beaudoin
After the recent murders in an East Village bar and around a Chelsea nightclub, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a series of proposals to provide an extra level of security for nightlife patrons and workers. Speaker Quinn

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July 26, 2005 -- November 2, 2005
TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2005 Meeting called to order at 11:15 a.m. Present: President Lennon, Recording Vice-President Dennison, Executive Board members, Babich, Gagliardi, Landolfi, Schaffner, Shankin, Weiss and Assistant to the President Delia. Broadway Theatre Committee Chair Larry Rawdon, Small Theatre

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The views expressed here do not express the views of Local 802. Letters must be 300 words or less. Send them to Allegro, c/o Local

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Heather Beaudoin
FILM INCENTIVE UPDATE As reported in last month’s column, Gov. Pataki vetoed the state’s revenue budget bill, which included the film production tax credit. But on April 26, the Senate and Assembly overrode the veto and enacted the extension and

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Janet Becker, LCSW, Ph.D.
Tis the season to be jolly … or at least that’s what we are told. Nevertheless, many people find that the holiday season brings with it many disappointments and stresses, enhanced by social and commercial pressure to celebrate and feel

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Musicians who performed on the Gorillaz show last spring in New York have received money due to them for shooting a video of the production and for a Web stream. Gorillaz is a show with animated characters; when the “band”

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Introductions
Essie Hayes passed her six-month probation on July 3 and joins the Jazz Department as a business rep. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science at Central Connecticut State University. Shortly after, she held a position as researcher/organizer for

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MPF Deadline is April 20
April 20 is the deadline for requests for funding from the Music Performance Fund (MPF). You can use this money for gigs that take place from May 1, 2006 through April 30, 2007. If you have never applied for this

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“Barbara Cook & Elaine Stritch in Alphabetical Order.” An agreement was negotiated with Lincoln Center for this benefit production. The musicians’ wages are $250 (minimum) for one performance and $42.50 per rehearsal hour, with a minimum two-hour call. The music

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Janet Becker
Autumn brings cooler weather and colorful landscapes. And, as we move away from summer and toward winter, the days grow shorter, the nights become longer, and, as a result, our exposure to sunlight is reduced. Along with this seasonal phenomenon,

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Heather Beaudoin
MADE IN NEW YORK Legislation passed by the New York State Legislature extending the New York film tax credit to the year 2011 has been vetoed by Gov. Pataki. The program would have given tax credits for films and TV

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LEHMAN ALUMNI CELEBRATE Alumni of Lehman College’s music department, many of them graduates in the “Local 802 Program,” will host a performance, reception and meeting on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Joanne Djele, MSW
Over the past few years, identity theft has become a rampant problem. It is important to stay vigilant so as not to fall victim to one of the many scams going on. About half a million Americans become victims of

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Membership Alert
Local 802 has a grievance and pending arbitration on behalf of any Broadway matinees performed on Dec. 26, 2005 or Jan. 2, 2006, which were designated federal holidays. The Broadway contract states: “If a performance is shifted to a holiday

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Gordon Cottrill – Saxophone Harry Di Vito – Trombone James B. Dolan – Librarian/Arranger/Copyist Eleuterio Frasqueri – Drums Al Grant – Saxophone Sid Greene – Drums Foster Greenwood – Piano Skitch Henderson – Conductor Chris J. Hirsch – Saxophone Roland

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Heather Beaudoin TAKING CONTROL OF RENT LAWS New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, and Councilmember Erik Martin Dilan held a joint hearing on March 3rd on several measures that will protect tenants by controlling rents. Introduction

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Leslie Cardell, LCSW
We all want to be loving and supportive to friends or family members in times of need. This would be a pretty cold world if we weren’t willing to help each other out when the going gets tough. Constantly having

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The views expressed here do not express the views of Local 802. Letters must be 300 words or less. Send them to Allegro, c/o Local

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Stamford Symphony. Stamford musicians overwhelmingly ratified a new collective bargaining agreement as they continue with their 2005-2006 season in Stamford, Connecticut. For all self-produced events, Stamford will pay the terms and conditions of 802’s Single Engagement Classical Wage Scales. Events

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Single artists looking for affordable housing in Brooklyn might be able to get in on a project to be completed in December 2007. Construction is being launched on Schermerhorn House, a 217-unit housing development in downtown Brooklyn. Located on Schermerhorn

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Reminiscences
Steven Danenberg
If you grew up in the 1950’s and 1960’s, it was hard not to recognize the name of Skitch Henderson, the pianist and bandleader on NBC’s “Jack Paar” and “Tonight” shows. It was also hard not to forget his beautifully

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“Bernarda Alba.” A one-year collective bargaining agreement was negotiated with Lincoln Center Theatre for this production at its 299-seat theatre, the Mitzi E. Newhouse. The minimum weekly scale wage per musician is $710.80 plus a guaranteed doubling premium, which brings

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The views expressed here do not express the views of Local 802. Please keep all letters to 300 words and send them to Allegro, c/o

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The views expressed here do not express the views of Local 802. Letters must be 300 words or less. Send them to Allegro, c/o Local

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Reminiscences
Bobby Sanabria
Here Bobby Sanabria remembers the life of pianist Hilton Ruiz, who died on June 6 in New Orleans at the age of 54. Mr. Ruiz had been a Local 802 member since 1974. The first real record date I did

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All reviews by Bill Crow. “Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond,” by Doug Ramsey (Parkside Publications, 2005). Since Paul Desmond’s death in 1977 at the age of 52, his reputation as an impeccable and lyrical jazz

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Don Alias – African Percussion Georges Andre – Bass Anthony Ayello – Bass Waldemar Bhosys – Oboe Dave Blume – Keyboards Joseph E. Budet Jr. – Saxophone Arthur Cohen – Saxophone Guy Granado – Conductor/Sax/Clarinet/Mandolin James Johnson – Saxophone Perry

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Reminiscences
Leo Ball
My first encounter with Maynard Ferguson occurred in the early years of the 1950’s. Stan Kenton’s lead alto saxophone player was Al Anthony, who was a friend from my hometown of Brockton, Mass. The band was appearing at the Hollywood

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The views expressed here do not express the views of Local 802. Letters must be 300 words or less. Send them to Allegro, c/o Local

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Les Allicks – Drums Lew Anderson – Saxophone William Arrowsmith – Oboe Ethan S. Bauch – Bassoon Eugene Becker – Viola Johnny Blowers – Drums Kenneth Broadhurst – Guitar Tarik Bulut – Drums/Arranger/Copyist Louis A. Carter – Piano Martin B.

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“More Than Meets the Ear: How Symphony Musicians Made Labor History,” by Julie Ayer (Syren Book Company, 2005). “More Than Meets the Ear” is the story of a grassroots movement that transformed labor relations and the professional lives of U.S.

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These productions all agreed to Local 802’s commercial Off Broadway area standards. Besides the wages listed below, the other terms and conditions of the standards apply. For more details, contact Principal Theatre Rep Mary Donovan at (212) 245-4802, ext. 156.

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Roberta Como – Piano/Arranger/Copyist Anthony Corbiscello – Drums Larry Covell – Saxophone Scott J. Cutler – Saxophone Daniel Derasmo – Saxophone Harry DiVito – Trombone Gene Forrell – Conductor Harold Glick – Conductor Sol Jotim – Cordovox Ruth M. Laredo

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Heather Beaudoin
LOCAL 802 ENDORSEMENTS Local 802 has endorsed Eliot Spitzer for governor, Andrew Cuomo for attorney general, Hillary Clinton for senator and Alan Hevesi for controller. This election year is very important: please register and vote! You must register no less

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Sol Berkowitz – Piano Curtis H. Biever – Conductor Seymour Bilkis – Saxophone Johnny Blowers – Drums Alfred J. Coliaco – Trombone Emanuel Darmante – Trumpet Horace Diaz Jr. – Piano Howard Michael Dunn – Piano Jennifer Eley Handler –

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Breaktime is a new feature in Allegro. E-mail your comments to Allegro editor Mikael Elsila at melsila@local802afm.org. Links to puzzle answers and sight-sing answer found at the bottom of this page. CROSSWORD PUZZLE Click picture to download .pdf version of

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A Musician and Patriot Turns 80
Ricky Gordon
From left, Jeremiah Lockwood, Ernesto Gomez, Dirty Red and Local 802 honor member Carolina Slim.Photo by Powell Burns. Carolina Slim can often be seen and heard down under New York City’s subways strumming and plucking melodies in his tradition: Piedmont

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The following bylaw proposals have been submitted for the Oct. 17 membership meeting. See the back cover for details. PROPOSAL: MEETING NOTIFICATION Whereas: Local 802 bylaws call for only three membership meetings per year, in February, June and October and,

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The views expressed here do not express the views of Local 802. Letters must be 300 words or less. Send them to Allegro, c/o Local

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Breaktime is a new feature in Allegro. We’ll offer crossword puzzles, sight-singing challenges, cartoons – maybe even sudoku! E-mail your comments to Allegro editor Mikael Elsila at melsila@local802afm.org. Crossword Puzzle (blank) Crossword puzzle answers Answer to Sight-Singing Challenge: BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH

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Reminiscences
Vince Trombetta
“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” — Robert Browning. “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” — Sherlock Holmes. My friend Frank

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“Chef’s Theatre.” Local 802 counsel Harvey Mars negotiated a settlement with Marty Bell, the producer of “Chef’s Theatre: A Musical Feast,” an Off Broadway production that appeared at the Supper Club. The production is currently on hiatus because of a

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August 8, 2006 -- August 15, 2006
TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2006 Meeting called to order at 11:10 a.m. Present: President Lennon, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Gagliardi, Gale, Landolfi, Rohdin, Schaffner and Shankin. Recording Vice President Dennison distributed the minutes of

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Reminiscences
Kazue Asawa McGregor
For 11 years I worked side by side with a legend — someone who had worked closely with conductor Arturo Toscanini, someone whose twin children and wife were embraced by conductor Erich Leinsdorf as family, someone whose past employers included

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Jackie McLean and Eddie Stress
JACKIE MCLEAN, SAX MASTER EDDIE STRESS Eddie Stress, 89, my dearest and only brother, left us and the music community on April 3. He played trumpet, flugelhorn and violin and was a member of Local 802 since 1943. He was

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Georges C. Andre – Bass Barry Brenton – Piano Roberta Como – Piano/Arranger/Copyist Marion J. Davis – Saxophone Donald L. Foster – Piano Elwyn Fraser – Saxophone/Arranger/Copyist Danny Harrison – Percussion Milt Hisler – Saxophone James Johnson – Saxophone John

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June 13, 2006 -- August 1, 2006(including June Membership Meeting)
TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2006 Meeting called to order at 11:10 p.m. Present: President Lennon, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Babich, Gagliardi, Giannini, Landolfi, Rohdin, Schaffner and Weiss. Recording Vice President Dennison distributed the minutes

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Jazz. The Jazz Department recently negotiated three agreements. Michael Davis, the proprietor of Hip Bone Music, agreed to a two-year contract beginning Sept. 1, 2006. Musicians who work for him will earn $1,000 per tour of five performances or less

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November 4, 2005 -- December 6, 2005
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2005 Meeting called to order at 8:10 a.m. Present: President Lennon, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Babich, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Schaffner, Shankin, Weiss and Whitaker. Executive Board member Gagliardi participated by

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If you’ve been called for a gig in Key West, watch out. Key West is home to two orchestras. One, Key West Pops, works under local engagement contracts. The other, Key West Symphony, outsources musicians from across the country, primarily

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January 31, 2006 — February 7, 2006 TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2006 Meeting called to order at 11:15 a.m. Present: President Lennon, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Gagliardi, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Schaffner, Shankin, Whitaker, Weiss,

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Click here to download crossword puzzle. SIGHT-SINGING CHALLENGE:  

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Jennifer Brown – Piano/Arranger/Copyist Fred Browne – Violin Al Conte – Piano Gerald Cook – Piano/Arranger/Copyist Gretchen L. Gonzales – Cello Naomi Kalos – Clarinet Richard E. Koons – Trumpet Donald N. Luckenbill – Piano/Conductor/Arranger Joseph J. Malfitano – Violin

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Lewis Anderson – Saxophone Tarik Bulut – Drums/Arranger/Copyist Larry Covell – Saxophone John J. Hicks – Piano/Arranger Colette Kozusko – Cello Homer R. Mensch – Bass John W. Schultz – Saxophone Joseph Siegelman – Violin Tarik Bulut Tarik Bulut, a

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Breaktime Answers TRANSCRIPTION ANSWER: The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s theme) from the music to “Star Wars,” composed by John Williams Across 1- Obstacle Snag 5- Pianist/conductor Bogin Abba 9- Insurgent Rebel 14- College party garb Toga 15- Muffin choice Bran

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Emma Ditrinco
In today’s world of rising medical costs, the need for health insurance has never been more important. Ideally, we would live in a society where health care is a basic right and free for all. Local 802 has tried to

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October 3, 2006 -- November 14, 2006
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2006 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. Present: President Lennon, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Babich, Gagliardi, Gale, Landolfi, Schwartz, Shankin and Assistant to the President Rohdin. President Lennon recused.

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December 27, 2005 -- January 24, 2006
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2005 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. Present: President Lennon, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Babich, Gagliardi, Gale, Landolfi, Shankin, Weiss and Whitaker. Recording Vice President Dennison excused on vacation. Weiss took minutes of

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December 13, 2005 -- December 20, 2005
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2005 Meeting called to order at 11:15 a.m. Present: Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Babich, Gagliardi, Giannini, Landolfi, Weiss and Whitaker. President Lennon excused on union business. Meeting chaired by Blumenthal.

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March 7, 2006 -- June 6, 2006
TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2006 Meeting called to order at 11:30 a.m. Present: President Lennon, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Recording Vice President Dennison, Executive Board members Babich, Gagliardi, Landolfi, Shankin, Weiss, Whitaker, Assistant to the President Delia and Jazz Advisory Committee

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ANSWER TO SIGHT SINGING CHALLENGE:“Fur Elise” (Beethoven) CROSSWORD PUZZLE: Across 1- Heartbeat of the rhythm section BASS 5- Song name TITLE 10- Food GRUB 14- Violin bridge, e.g. ARCH 15- Video store section ADULT 16- California wine valley NAPA 17-

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Breaktime is a new feature in Allegro. E-mail your comments to Allegro editor Mikael Elsila at melsila@local802afm.org. Links to puzzle answers and sight-sing answer found at the bottom of this page. CROSSWORD PUZZLE Click picture to download .pdf version of

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Sam M Anderson – Piano Harold Brody – Saxophone Demetrios J. N. Caffentzis – Violin William F. Costa – Accordion/Conductor Al Dickerson – Trumpet/Conductor Jennifer Eley – Piano Cy Feuer – Trumpet Louis Franco – Bass Andrew Frega – Violin

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SIGHT-SIGNING CHALLENGE: “Hava Nagila” Across 1- Compact _____ DISC 5- Record execs, e.g. CEOS 9- Shirt size (abbr.) LGE 12- Scent ODOR 13- Rowed OARED 15- Brewer’s pride BEER 16- ____quaver (note) SEMI 17- Personal way of playing STYLE 18-

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Breaktime is a new feature in Allegro. E-mail your comments to Allegro editor Mikael Elsila at melsila@local802afm.org. Click here to download crossword puzzle blank Sight-Singing Challenge ANSWERS: Click here to download crossword puzzle answers Answer to Sight-sing Challenge:“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”

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September 5, 2006 -- September 26, 2006
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2006 Meeting called to order at 11:10 a.m. Present: President Lennon, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Babich, Gagliardi, Gale, Landolfi, Schaffner, Schwartz, Shankin, Weiss, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens and Assistant

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ANSWER TO SIGHT SINGING CHALLENGE:“The Entertainer” (Scott Joplin) CROSSWORD PUZZLE ANSWERS: Across 1- Iranian ex-ruler SHAH 5- Knock around gently CUFF 9- Broadway workplace PIT 12- Deep sleep COMA 13- Omlette ingredient ONION 15- Baby bedtime ritual BATH 16- Copyist

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February 14, 2006 -- February 28, 2006
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2006 Meeting called to order at 11:15 a.m. Present: Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Babich, Gagliardi, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Shankin, Whitaker and Assistant to the President Delia. President Lennon excused on

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Local 802’s election of officers and delegates will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, for a term of office beginning Jan. 1, 2007. The offices open for election are: president, financial vice president, recording vice president, nine Executive Board

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Bill Crow
Joe Wilder was recently honored at the memorial for the late Cy Feuer as the first African-American musician to play in the previously all-white Broadway show orchestras. His first hit show was Feuer’s “Guys and Dolls.” Joe’s lengthy credits also

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Bill Crow
Max Schweiger had a gig at Foxwoods recently. Afterwards, he and the guitar player went looking for a place to hang out and hear some music. They discovered to their dismay that none of the rooms there had a live

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Bill Crow
Ken Arzberger sent me this memory of the late contractor Boris Malina: Boris was a character straight out of the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. He was a huge man, and when he spoke he sounded like Boris Baddinoff on steroids.

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Bill Crow
Bassist Don Payne, who now lives in Florida, was fresh out of the Army in 1958. He moved into a cottage in the Hollywood hills where he and a group of local musicians that called themselves “The Jazz Messiahs” often

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Bill Crow
Dave Frishberg wrote the liner notes for a Verve reissue of a record called “You ‘n’ Me” by the Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Quintet, a band he used to play piano with. In those notes he told this story: One night

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Bill Crow
Local 802 sponsored a nice memorial party for the late Charlie Harmon in the club room last summer. Many of Charlie’s family and friends attended, and there was a lot of story telling around the clubroom tables before the program

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Bill Crow
When record producer George Avakian assisted the New Orleans Jazz Club in producing the first New Orleans Jazz Festival in October 1955, where he made the world’s first recordings at a jazz festival for Columbia Records, he was ceremoniously given

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Bill Crow
From John Altman in London: Chris Laurence, the great classical and jazz bassist, comes from a distinguished musical family, the Goossens. His grandmother and great aunt were both preeminent harpists who only retired when they were in their late 90’s.

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Bill Crow
In the back of the Local 802 directory is a list of instruments, in which you will find William Zinn listed as the only member who plays the “Octahorn.” I often have wondered what one was. Zinn explains: “It is

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Bill Crow
This story has been hopping around the Internet lately: While Si Zentner’s band was doing one-nighters in the 1960’s, they played a rural bar in southern Virginia made from an old Quonset hut. It was a real rathole, but many

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Bill Crow
Leon Cohen called me from Florida in January to say hello, and to give me some stories about his friend, tenor saxophonist Boomie Richman. When they were playing the Cavett show together, leader Bobby Rosengarden warmed up the studio audience

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