Workers at the Bach trumpet plant in Elkhart, Indiana picket for a fair contract. Photo by Carl O’Haver. BOYCOTT! Local 802’s Executive Board voted to support a boycott of Bach trumpets while the workers are out on strike. (The Chicago
“Edward Scissorhands” was performed under an 802 contract at BAM. Photo by Bill Cooper. Since the beginning of 2007, Local 802 has negotiated a number of new agreements in various venues, both Off Broadway and in an area that I
As I write this column, we have just begun negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement with the League of American Theatres and Producers, as well as Disney and other producers who have bargained with the League in recent years.
David Wechsler performs bass flute at “King Lear.” Additional photos by Walter Karling below article. As Shakespeare would have asked, “How now?” In other words, what are four live musicians – including myself – doing 30 feet above the stage
Not long ago, “Frontline” ran a program about the problem of credit card debt in this country and how many Americans have become swamped in debt over a very short period of time. One of the many issues the program
There are some new faces representing Local 802. As reported in last month’s president’s report, Daniel Engelstein and Kevin Finnegan, partners in the law firm Levy Ratner, have been retained as Local 802 counsel. Engelstein is now 802’s lead counsel
Here some updates on what’s going on politically at the city, state and federal level that impacts Local 802 members, our industry and the labor movement at large. As usual, contact me at (212) 245-4802, ext. 176 with any questions.
802 member John Faddis performs at the opening of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine. Another option for musicians’ health care is on the scene in New York City. The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine recently
These days, workers are finding it harder and harder to form unions. But there is an ongoing effort in our newly-composed Congress to make long overdue changes in the National Labor Relations Act that every union member in the United
The Navy Commodores, a military band. Here in Washington, D.C. where I live, military bands are being used as scabs. These bands provide free music to local outdoor venues, such as open-air city parks and private summer festivals. This means
Photo by D.D. Rider An important figure in the free jazz movement of the 1960’s, composer, pianist, organist and bandleader Carla Bley is perhaps best known for her jazz opera “Escalator Over the Hill” (released as a triple LP set),
Workers’ Memorial Day is April 28. This day was founded by the AFL-CIO to remember workers who have been killed or injured on the job. Do you have any stories about you or your friends being hurt while playing music?
Musicians jammed at the 23rd annual Lester Young Memorial Celebration on March 11 at Saint Peter’s Church. Photos by Enid Farber. Sarah McLawler Carol Sudhalter Jimmy Heath Earl May Harry Allen Dominick Farinacci
As already reported in Allegro, effective Jan. 1, MagnaCare became the claims administrator for the Local 802 Health Benefits Plan. Union Labor Life will no longer process claims for the plan. What does this mean to you? In the past,
The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The letters published here do not necessarily express the views of Local 802. Letters must be 300 words or less. Send them to Allegro, c/o
American values emphasize the importance of self-reliance. We are taught to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and that we are responsible for our own destinies. Very often, however, this is simply not realistic or possible. Steeped in the ethic
When I was a child, I used to gaze up at the twinkling stars and think that everyone in the world owned one of them. Well, one of them now is flashing brighter than ever, and it’s Burt Collins’ star.
Robert Abernathy – French Horn Jimmy Cheatham – Bass Trombone Burt Collins – Trumpet Joe Farrell – Saxophone Eileen M. Folson – Cello Maurice Gardner – Conductor Jerry Gilgor – Drums Murray Grand – Piano Patrick L. Harrison – Drums
TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2007 Meeting called to order at 11:10 a.m. Present: President Landolfi, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members, Burridge, Fein, Hunt, Johansen, Rizzo, Schaffner, Schwartz, and Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens. Assistant to
SIGHT SINGING ANSWER: “We Shall Overcome” Across 1- Stick for Gemignani BATON 6- Piece of music PART 10- Indian cow ZEBU 14- Diminish ABATE 15- A southern conflagration AFAR 16- Danish coins ORE 17- Member of the Miller band RELIC
Doug Ramsey posted on his blog “Rifftides” this excerpt from André Previn’s biography “No Minor Chords,” which is now unfortunately out of print. Previn wrote: Cole Porter was the most elegant of creatures, his manners as courtly as his dress.