Allegro

Currently Browsing: February, 2007

Smoke Problem at "Wicked" Prompts Action
Bettina Covo and Mary Donovan
Smoke and fog effects at “Wicked” prompted musicians, actors and stagehands to protest. Above, Stephanie J. Block levitates as the witch Elphaba. Photo by Joan Marcus via Wikipedia. The Theatre Department of Local 802 recently received information that a meeting

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A Lesson Learned from a Segregated Union
Mary Landolfi
The new Executive Board pause for a photo before their first meeting. AFM President Tom Lee shakes Landolfi’s hand after swearing her in. Photos by Walter Karling. I planned to write this month’s column about the progress the administration is

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Jim Hannen
The new administration at Local 802 has hit the ground running. A priority of President Mary Landolfi and the newly reconstituted Organizing Department under the direction of Joe Eisman will be to examine the organizing needs in the club date

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Union Rep Notebook
Mary Donovan
“Beyond Broadway.” What do I mean by using that phrase? Well, it seems to encapsulate better than anything else I’ve tried to use to describe the wide range of venues and contracts that Local 802’s Theatre Department works on besides

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Larry Rawdon
Although the Music Industry/Music Education (MIME) Initiative of Local 802 only began last November, as director of MIME I can report that we have already forged some very meaningful relationships. There are many organizations whose members share our vision for

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Saint-Georges, the First Classical Composer of African Descent
Gabriel Banat
It was around 1970, shortly before I joined the New York Philharmonic, while prowling the libraries for unfairly neglected violin music to vary my repertoire, that I first came across a score by a composer of the elegant but unfamiliar

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Lorraine Goodman
The career of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the 18th- century composer, is enjoying a renaissance. On Jan. 15, the Epiphany Theatre Company’s “Words Up” series presented a reading of a new play, “God of Arms,” written by myself and James

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African-American Violinists of the 1920’s
Gayle Dixon
Violinist, arranger and bandleader Edgar Sampson featured on the cover of the album “Sampson Swings Again.” By the early 20th century, America had produced an extraordinary number of classically trained black violinists who studied at leading colleges and conservatories here

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African-American History Month
February is African-American History Month. The musicians’ union used to have segregated locals and also a cabaret license system that was used to discriminate. But much progress has been made in society and also in the union. What improvements have

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Photo Section
Pedro Rodriguez lives! On January 19, the Local 802 Gospel Musicians Committee celebrated the life of this 20-year veteran of Local 802, who died last November. See the January issue of Allegro for our obituary. Photos by Gary Schoichet. Yovanne

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
The advent of the Internet has opened a brave new world for graduate students Rather than having to enroll in traditional degree programs offered through in-class instruction at schools of higher education, students seeking graduate education may now enroll in

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Janet Becker, LCSW, Ph.D.
February is African-American History Month, a time to contemplate past and current racial conditions for African Americans in our society. Newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the Internet offer a variety of programming to document the history, oppression, struggles, victories, contributions

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Did you record for Knitting Factory Records, Instinct or KnitMedia? Thanks to a settlement brokered by musicians and the union, Local 802 may be holding onto copies of your old CD’s. Here’s what to do: Call Recording Rep David Sheldon

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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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STATE LABOR BOARD ISSUES COMPLAINTS The New York State Employment Relations Board has now issued complaints against all former Steven Scott leaders who continue to book and perform club dates. Meetings have already been held with Ike Walkover Music and

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HEALTH PLAN UPDATE In the December issue of Allegro, we alerted members to major changes in the Local 802 Health Benefits Plan. There is another change. Members who live outside of New York or New Jersey can no longer use

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Reminiscences
Vince Trombetta
Photo by Tomek Broszkiewicz (“Brocha”) via Flickr.com. I met Michael Brecker on Dec. 12, 1964 when he took his first alto saxophone and clarinet lessons with me at my mother’s home in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. Since he

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John Avanzino – Saxophone Michael Brecker – Saxophone Adolph Daidone (Al Duffy) – Violin Kenny Davern – Saxophone Edward G. Feldbauer – Bass Marilyn Gibson – Violin Stanley Hnetinka – Drums Bob Kalin – Drums/Arranger Mitchell Kay – Drums Marguerite

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December 12, 2006 -- January 2, 2007
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2006 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. Present: President Lennon, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Gagliardi, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Schwartz, Shankin, Weiss and Assistant to the President Rohdin. Recording Vice

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CROSSWORD PUZZLE Across 1- Ball clubs  BATS 5- Golf clubs  IRONS 10- Shakespeare backwards?  DRAB 14- Halo  AURA 15- “I will be” in French  SERAI 16- “Fatha” Hines  EARL 17- Cut  SNIP 18- Birth pains  LABOR 19- Stead  LIEU 20-

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Bill Crow
Eddie Caine, one of the founders of the New York Saxophone Quartet, now lives in North Miami Beach. Eddie has been writing the story of his life, and he recently sent me his manuscript. One of the stories he tells

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