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John Romey
Dear Friends: Yesterday, in West Harlem, between the times of 12:45 – 1:00 PM, my double bass was stolen.  It was a Barrie Kolstein redish color with sloping shoulders.  I had replaced the Kolstein tailpiece with one from Christian Laborie

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Finally, performers have a chance at getting paid when their music is heard on the radio. The Performance Rights Act (H.R. 4789, S. 5200), introduced in mid-December, would give musicians the same right that songwriters and publishers now enjoy. Most

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PIANO IN THE PARK Summer, outdoor music and union musicians: the perfect mix. Local 802 is contributing money to help pay for Bryant Park’s free “Piano in the Park” series, which this year includes evening and trio performances on a

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Act Now to Save New York's Recording Industry
This petition to save Legacy Recording Studio was signed by nearly 600 Local 802 members in the span of a few days last month in an effort to save one of New York City’s last large recording studios. A developer

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Recording department recovers over $2.5 million
The figures are in — and the news is good. The Recording Department recovered over $2.5 million in wages and benefits for musicians in 2007, including money for grievances, late penalties and settlements. That’s the most money ever recovered by

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Joel LeFevre
Photo by Zyrcster via Flickr. Change is here. Barack Obama will soon be in the White House. So will a large majority of Democrats in both houses of Congress. And in New York, Democrats control both legislative chambers for the

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Kirsten Agresta (above) and fellow Local 802 harpist Anna Reinersman have brought back live music to the Plaza Hotel. They play at the Palm Court room seven days a week. Photo by Claire Houston. The Plaza Hotel has live music

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Jazz conference makes a splash in Toronto
Jazz lives! Local 802 members Candido Camero (congas), Joe Wilder (flugelhorn) and Paquito D’Rivera (clarinet) were honored as NEA Jazz Masters at the 2008 conference of the International Association of Jazz Education in Toronto. Photo by Ed Berger. Lake Ontario’s

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Blondes may have more fun, but both blonde and brunette musicians are enjoying their recent trips to the Local 802 recording checks window. Why? Musicians who played in “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” will earn at least $166,962 in wages beyond

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Nearly 200 recording musicians, composers, recording studio representatives and union officers gathered in July at Legacy Studios in midtown Manhattan to discuss the current state of New York City’s recording industry. Meeting of the Minds Fighting on the Legal Front

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Photo by Catherine Holt via Flickr. At Local 802 we take our political endorsements very seriously. They serve as a strong indication of our values and our positions on an array of issues from worker safety, increased music and fine

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Stagehands ratified their new contract on Dec. 9. All of Broadway came together during the strike. Photo by Gayle Dixon. Call it the month of solidarity. Broadway came together in November when stagehands of IATSE Local 1 went on strike

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Contract may be template for other freelance orchestras
Jay Blumenthal
Photo by Steve J. Sherman On Dec. 21, a tentative agreement for a new contract was reached with the management of the New York Pops. Negotiations were long and laborious, having begun last spring. Traditionally, it has been the agreement

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New AFM Videogame Agreements Gain Traction
Fighter jets duke it out in the upcoming videogame “Tom Clancy’s HAWX: High Altitude Warfare.” As anyone who plays videogames knows, they’ve come a long way since the bloops and the bleeps of the 1970’s. Now there are fully-scored videogame

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Turbulence in the Financial Markets Continues
Jay Blumenthal
REPORT ON ROPA In this article, Jay Blumenthal references the ICSOM conference. On a related note, Local 802 member Anthony Scelba attended the annual conference of the Regional Orchestra Players’ Association (ROPA) this summer and filed a report for Allegro.

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Recording at a Crossroads: A Special Report
Nearly 200 recording musicians, composers, recording studio representatives and union officers gathered in July at Legacy Studios in midtown Manhattan to discuss the current state of New York City’s recording industry. The meeting was a response to the sharp downturn

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Recording at a Crossroads: A Special Report
Paul Molloy
As the leaders in the recording industry work together to find solutions, some of our local and state lawmakers have drafted legislation aimed at attracting companies to do their postproduction work in New York by offering tax credits. In 2007,

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Recording at a Crossroads: A Special Report
Chris Bubacz and Lawrence Manchester
Composers, music producers, recording studios and engineers as well as the professional recording musicians of Local 802 are all dependent upon a healthy recording environment. Recent statistics, however, reveal a sharp decline in film and TV recording here in New

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Recording at a Crossroads: A Special Report
Roger Blanc
On a Monday afternoon in late July at Legacy Studios, a healthy number of music recording professionals and union-affiliated personnel gathered by invitation to voice their views on the subject of the current state of New York City’s recording industry.

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Local 802 members react to historic election
When Obama won, I was in disbelief. Now I’m cautiously optimistic that he can effect some positive change in the enormous momentum driving the world ever onward toward a seemingly calamitous rendezvous with destiny. Armen Donelian Wednesday morning felt like

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Recording at a Crossroads: A Special Report
Mark Suozzo
From my perspective, the complexity of the issues of work in the film business require not just a look at the current situation, but also the trends that have gotten us to where we are and the likely result of

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Recording at a Crossroads: A Special Report
Scott Healy
When I arrived at the Legacy meeting the room was already filled. I had been looking forward to the meeting, and I had a feeling that lots of cats would show up. In fact, I can’t really think of any

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A 30-piece orchestra for ‘South Pacific’
Tino Gagliardi
The “South Pacific” Orchestra (in alphabetical order): Shelagh Abate, David Blinn, Mike Boschen, Robert Carlisle, David Creswell, Dominic Derasse, Matt Dine, Charles Du Chateau (assistant conductor), Wayne DuMaine, Gareth Flowers, Shari Hoffman, Rena Isbin, Karl Kawahara, Chris Komer, David Lai

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Music & Politics
Paul Molloy
Like many New Yorkers, I still wear my Obama button. I’m proud of the choices I made in the voting booth and I’m particularly proud of the choices Local 802 made this election cycle. Of the 34 candidates Local 802

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President's Report
Mary Landolfi
I write this column in the aftermath of our June 11 membership meeting, at which charges were read against an officer. It is clear, at least in my opinion, that we are still dealing with the fallout of the Radio

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Unions and others may need permits to check safe air and water
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH? “Had Intro 650 been in effect on Sept. 11, 2001, it would have been illegal for the City Council and other elected officials to bring in technical experts from outside the city to test downtown residences.” —Testimony

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The Special Situation Dilemma
Mary Landolfi
UPDATEAs Allegro went to press, the producers of “Cry-Baby” withdrew their request for Special Situation status. See box below article. Last month Allegro ran an article about the Lincoln Center Theatre production of “South Pacific” currently performing with an orchestra of 30.

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Union gets contracts with Orpheus, Brooklyn Phil
Jay Blumenthal
Orpheus, the ensemble without a conductor, now has an agreement with Local 802. Above, cellist Melissa Meell. Background (left to right): Jordan Frazier, Julia Lichten, Donald Palma and Susannah Chapman. We have a deal! Orpheus, the ensemble famous for collaborative

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Music for Oliver Stone film latest victim of global economy
Jay Schaffner
UPDATE The Local 802 Executive Board has voted to pay for loss-of-work benefits from the Local 802 Strike Fund to all those who lost work as a result of these cancelled film sessions for “W.” The board has requested that

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Financial Vice President's Report
Jay Blumenthal
Musicians performed on the stagehands’ picket line each night. Photo by Claire Houston. The night of Nov. 28 was cold and blustery. Many Local 802 musicians along with numerous IATSE Local 1 stagehands and Equity actors waited patiently outside the

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Karen Fisher
Musicians, beware of bad tours! Once you leave U.S. soil, all bets are off. This poster is real. It advertises a performance of the “New Kersey Phioharmonic Orchestra” in Korea. Shoddy promotion can be the least of your problems on

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Jay Blumenthal
The American Symphony Orchestra (above) and the Opera Orchestra of New York are two of the ensembles that have signed new agreements with Local 802. Photos © Steve J. Sherman. Recently, several major freelance orchestras have reached tentative agreements with

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Pension rises to 10 percent, up from 7 percent
Saxophonist Arun Luthra, an member of the negotiating committee. Jazz lives! Ten years ago, jazz instructors who teach at the New School University became the first group of jazz teachers in the country to win a union contract. At the

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Music Education and Us
Mary Landolfi
I returned from pension fund meetings in California this week to a stack of mail. One piece was of particular interest and it could be a catalyst for a new alliance in an area that has concerned our members for

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Music & Power
Ethan Fein
Power Boosters activate! Our first big mission this fall was making over 3,000 phone calls for Barack Obama. We also made calls in support of John Hall (a Local 802 member) and Mike McMahon, both of whom were running for

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Musicians who perform with the Alex donner band enjoy the benefits of the Local 802 club date agreement. A new four-year agreement was reached with club date employers on April 15, replacing the previous agreement that expired the day before.

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Women's History Month
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
This March, as we celebrate Women’s History Month, I think it is important not only to recognize the achievements of women world wide, but to also recognize that the needs of women still aren’t always being met right here in

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Touring North Korea
Eric Bartlett
Michelle Kim, assistant concertmaster with the New York Philharmonic, works with a young student at the Pyongyang Conservatory of Music. All photos by David Finlayson. As the New York Philharmonic’s recent tour to Asia approached, there was considerable nervous anticipation

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Should Musicians Play for Free?
Mary Landolfi
In June, our “Beat on the Street” column featured a question that might seem on the surface an unusual one to ask of professional musicians: “Should musicians play for free?”  At first glance, the answer might appear to be an

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Consider the Consequences
Mary Landolfi
A new organization has been in contact with some of our members with the goal of raising funds. I refer to the “Fareplay Legal Action Fund,” an organization in Santa Monica, California, which has undertaken the task of raising funds

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Strike Lessons
Mary Landolfi
I sit at my desk in December with the rush of the holiday season in full swing. The strike of IATSE Local 1, the first in its 121-year history, is over; that is a relief to everyone. A few statistics

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802 makes good on recording contract for New School students
Todd Bryant Weeks
Twenty-four-year-old Colin Dean is an 802 member, jazz bassist, bandleader, composer, and a recent graduate of the New School’s Jazz and Contemporary Music program. And now he can add one more title to that list of accomplishments: Advocate for Fair

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Protecting Our Pension Fund
Mary Landolfi
As those members who subscribe to 802 Notes are already aware, I am working to schedule a meeting with representatives of our pension fund (AFM-EPF) for our membership. This would be a follow-up to the meeting which was held in

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Tax incentives could give a push to hire more musicians
Paul Molloy
Step by step, we can improve opportunities for musicians. On Sept. 16, New York City Councilmember David Yassky announced two pieces of legislation designed to make it far more attractive for production and post-production companies to bring their projects to

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When the labor movement thinks big, we all win
Joel LeFevre
Two months ago in this space I wrote about heroism, respect and the deaths that happen during strikes. This month marks a milestone of another death during a strike, also a struggle for respect, one that became an historic event.

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A New Beginning
Mary Landolfi
An historic election day is past. The United States has elected its first African-American president, Barack Obama, who won in decisive fashion, and Local 802 was part of the victory. Our new activist group — the Local 802 Power Boosters

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Recording Vice President's Report
Bill Dennison
Members filled up the club room at the June 11 membership meeting. Photo by Jon Hammond. For much of Local 802’s early history, most musicians worked for bandleaders. There were few collective bargaining agreements as we know them today. The

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Women's History Month
Kathy Canfield Shepard
Why are there more female musicians playing in the classical concert field than on Broadway? That’s a question I asked myself last year, when I read the March 2007 issue of Allegro. In that issue, there was a chart showing

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Touring North Korea
Peter Kenote
Photos by David Finlayson Peter Kenote, violist in the New York Philharmonic, may be the only American who has ever jogged through the streets of Pyongyang and seen a street’s-eye perspective of this “forbidden city.” The weather was in the

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Music & Politics
Paul Molloy
Ritt Henn was refused a ride in a cab. He fought it and won at a hearing. Photo © Cassandra Jenkins. How many musicians can fit in a cab? Last April, at about 9 p.m., bassist and Local 802 member

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Recording Vice President's Report
Bill Dennison
A FRIEND IN CONGRESS: Local 802 member John Hall is running for re-election as representative of the 29th Congressional District, which covers the upper Hudson Valley. John Hall understands out issues and is an avid reader of Allegro! Photo by

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Organizing Matters
Joel LeFevre
The stagehands’ Broadway strike was called many things in the 12,000 news stories it generated in its three-week life. Papers and broadcasters repeated the producers’ lines that it was about ending “featherbedding” — a pejorative term for requiring specific numbers

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Organizing Matters
Joel LeFevre
Today, the right to form a union — one of the fundamental conditions behind the economic progress that created the middle class — is being brazenly trashed. From now on if employees win their union by signing everybody up, the

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Recording Vice President's Report
Bill Dennison
As Allegro went to press it seemed clearer than ever that the Democratic presidential nominee will be Barack Obama. The primary campaign may finally be over. While it has seemed tortuously long and, at times, divisive, it has produced an

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Keep the Audience Coming
Mary Landolfi
As I write this article, the news from the national stage is not good; in fact, it’s downright alarming. In the midst of our presidential election cycle, we are experiencing an economic upheaval not seen in nearly 80 years. On

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Earth Day
Pat Hackbarth
Fact or myth: You can’t make the shift to a green economy and energy independence without sacrificing good jobs. Answer: Myth, according to the labor and environmental leaders who gathered in New York recently for the North American Labor Assembly

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Member to Member
Wayne Hankin
He has a true position on culture. There is no question this man believes arts must play a significant role in the revival of our economic and educational future. Obama is forming a staff with a keen knowledge of how

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Labor Solidarity
BREAKING NEWS As Allegro went to press, the following letter had just been posted on the Web site of the Writers Guild of America, East (www.WGAeast.org), dated Jan. 23, 2008. To Our Fellow Members, We have responded favorably to the

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Mikael Elsila
Caitlin Case (left) brushes up on her “Lion King” part with principal cellist Eliana Mendoza. Photo by Walter Karling. If you were a 17-year-old musician and were granted a wish, what would you choose? How about performing in a Broadway

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Todd Bryant Weeks
Local 802 members Candido Camero (congas), Joe Wilder (flugelhorn) and Paquito D’Rivera (clarinet) were honored at this year’s IAJE conference. The conference turned out to be the association’s last one. Photo by Ed Berger. Goodbye to the International Association of

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President's Report
Mary Landolfi
Solidarity means sticking together. President Mary Landolfi accepted a plaque of thanks and a soldarity award from the stagehands’ union at a solidarity party thrown by IATSE Local 1 on Feb. 9. Hundreds of union members from the Broadway community

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Touring North Korea
Maestro Lorin Maazel (center) with members of the New York Philharmonic at the Pyongyang airport in North Korea. Photo by David Finlayson. As a member of the New York Philharmonic, what did the North Korea tour mean to you? I definitely

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Jim Hannen
Photo by “Minds-Eye” via Flickr. Billy Joel’s shows at Shea Stadium promised to be the pop event of the summer and it came full circle when Paul McCartney, who appeared at the first concert at Shea in 1964 with three

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Organizing Matters
Joel LeFevre
Photo by Lee Sandberg. The choice before union members and their families this November is a clear one. The Democratic nominees for president and vice president are both co-sponsors of the Employee Free Choice Act, which is vital for labor

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As part of Local 802’s campaign to bring studio work back to New York, the Executive Board has approved a request from members of the rank-and-file Recording Musicians Committee that 802 join the New York Production Alliance. The NYPA is

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The Legacy of Jerry Ashby: Lessons From a Loss
Mary Landolfi
Jerry Ashby passed away on Dec. 26. He’s pictured above on French horn, along with David Finlayson (trombone), Warren Deck (tuba), Carl Sakofsky (trumpet, left) and Wilmer Wise (trumpet, right). See Wilmer Wise’s letter remembering Jerry Ashby and Jerry Ashby’s

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Organizing Matters
Joel LeFevre
Unions improve lives! This chart shows some differences between strong union states (in black) versus weak union states (in grey).  Scan your eyes over the full sized version to look at the differences. Unions matter! Worldwide, the basic purpose of

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A Report on the 2008 ROPA Conference
Anthony Scelba
Hot, wet, and hot. But that was the weather reported for last November. I haven’t yet found the words to describe Houston’s weather in July and August, when I was there attending the annual Regional Orchestra Players’ Association (ROPA) conference.

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There’s strength in numbers. In 2005, as part of a strategic planning process under the prior administration, the 802 Executive Board asked the Recording Department to work with the community of recording musicians to form their own rank-and-file committee. That’s

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Earth Day is April 22. As a musician, what does environmentalism mean to you? I bought a hybrid, stopped drinking bottled water, turned down my home temp to 64 degrees in winter and up to 82 in summer, and I

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Member Spotlight
Todd Bryant Weeks
Trumpeter Jimmy Owens has been an 802 member since 1959 and is the Local 802 Jazz Advisory Committee’s liaison to the Executive Board. On his website, you can learn about his new CD, “Peaceful Walking,” plus see tour information and

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Money for musicians. That’s one reason Local 802 exists: to enforce your contracts and make sure that you get your fair share. The figures are now in — in 2007, the union collected more than $2.8 million for members. Most

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Women lead the way in the name of health
Joel LeFevre
The percentage of the American workforce in unions increased for the first time in 25 years in 2007 to 12.2 percent of the labor force, according to the Center for Economic Policy reporting on the latest stats from the Department

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Organizing Matters
Joel LeFevre
May is Labor History Month. In that context it is appropriate for this column to point out some important measures of what the struggle by unions has produced and contrast those events with the current economic landscape. In the 1950’s

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Jazz Lives
Eve Zanni
Gary Bantz (2004)   Howard Johnson (2004)   Lou Donaldson (2002)   Benny Powell (2004)   Patience Higgins (2002)   Jimmy Lovelace (2003)   Larry Lucie (2002) All photos © 2003 by Frederic S. Sater Lester Young would have turned

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Music & Politics
Mark Clague
John Rich (top) wrote “Raisin’ McCain” for John McCain. Kix Brooks (below) and Ronnie Dunn wrote “Only in America,” which Barack Obama chose as the song to accompany his acceptance of the Democratic nomination. Photo by Sergio Leenen. The 2008

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Music & Politics
Julia Smith
In the past month, I’ve had the opportunity to attend several events sponsored by the Central Labor Council about the AFL-CIO’s new health care campaign. In this month’s column I’ll share with you what I’ve learned. Next month, I’ll follow

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Recording Vice-President's Report
Bill Dennison
There is encouraging news to report regarding the Local 802 Health Benefits Fund. For the first full benefit period following the Broadway contract settlement last March, most of the members who were on the union health plan have seen a

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Beat on the Street
As a violinist, sometimes new and up-and-coming orchestras will ask me to rehearse and concertize for free. Personally, I don’t perform unless I am getting paid. I believe that it is inappropriate for orchestras and other organizations to ask this

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Jazz Appreciation Month
Matt Sakakeeny
Jazz funeral procession for jazz clarinetist Alvin Batiste in May 2007. Batiste taught Branford Marsalis and others. All photos by Matt Sakakeeny. April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and, yes, there are still brass bands playing in the streets of New

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What happens in a contract negotiation?
Karen Fisher
Now that most of Local 802’s major freelance orchestra contracts have been settled, some of you may be curious about the process by which the terms of a collective bargaining agreement are negotiated. The following is a general overview of

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Paul Molloy
Someone once said that success is about how well you deal with plan B. After 21 years of earning a living as a musician (and sometimes not), I set out on two different career paths: politics and teaching.  I’d been

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In Brief
Women are paid less than men.” “Blacks are paid less than whites.” When will we ever see these headlines go away? Hopefully, someday soon, but for the moment here’s the latest story — and it’s about hats. New Era Caps

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Financial Vice-President's Report
Jay Blumenthal
I am pleased to report that Local 802 finished the year with a net gain at the end of 2007. This positive year-end position was far from a slam dunk in that the interruption of work on Broadway during the

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Welcome to your golden years!
It is three months before your 65th birthday. A package arrives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Inside is a red, white and blue card with your name on it. Congratulations! You are officially a senior citizen.

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Music & Politics
Ray Chew
ROCKING FOR OBAMA: Local 802 member Ray Chew at the D.N.C. I had one of the most enriching experiences of my career this summer when I served as the musical director for the Democratic National Convention. I was asked to

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Broadway musicians are justifiably asking, “What will happen to my health benefits as a result of missing nearly three weeks worth of health benefit contributions during the stagehands’ strike?” The answer is: no one will lose health care coverage as

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A Chapter in the Life of Trumpeter Hot Lips Page
Todd Bryant Weeks
Oran “Hot Lips” Page, pictured above around 1944. Page, an unsung trumpet legend, was known as “Mr. After Hours” for his ubiquitous presence at jam sessions in Harlem between 1937 and 1954. Local 802 jazz rep Todd Weeks has written

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Karen Fisher
Here is a scenario: You spend time and money auditioning for an unadvertised position in a new orchestra. You are promised that you will be paid “close to New York scale,” you will appear on “The Apprentice,” play movie recording

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Brigitte Bendl
Royce Twitchell, Local 802 member. Royce Twitchell always pictured herself playing the piano until she was 90. A lifelong pianist and former music director of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Royce was an experienced pit musician, playing for many

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Jazz Appreciation Month
Charlie Keil
“The black New Orleans brass band nurtured a characteristic outdoor-playing style that utilized a hoarse and ‘crying’ tone, wide vibrato, and a peculiar instrumental attack not heard in jazz and dance bands. This is easily heard but hard to describe.

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It’s Broadway microphones vs. Internet providers
Mikael Elsila
It’s every actor’s nightmare. Imagine you’re watching a Broadway musical and suddenly you start hearing noise through the actor’s microphone — or the mike quits working altogether. Suddenly the spell is broken and the play is ruined for the audience.

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George Manahan conducts the New York City Opera Orchestra during a workshop performance of “VOX: Showcasing American Performers. Photo by Carol Rosegg. By a margin of 54 to 1, the New York City Opera Orchestra has ratified a sideletter modifying

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A musical portrait of three jazzwomen of note
Sue Terry
MASTER MENTORS: The author (Sue Terry) pictured with some of the musicians who profoundly influenced her. Helen Keane at the mixing board with Sue in 1993. Charli Persip and Clark Terry are in the background. Photo by Jill Waterman. Melba

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Ira Goldman
In my last column in Allegro, I noted the challenges that we faced in 2007. During 2007, we filled many open positions. We incurred legal expenses of $332,000 due to Broadway negotiations, which were $68,000 over budget but contributed to

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Let’s say you own a restaurant and you want to have recorded music playing in the background. Can you? If you wrote the music yourself, then you own the copyright. Otherwise, you generally need to get permission, otherwise known as

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Dan Cantor
After eight long years of Bush’s disastrous rule, we’re just weeks away from a historic election that could set America, and New York, back on the right track.  New York isn’t a presidential swing state. T.V. ads for Obama and

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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

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Music & Politics
Jay Schaffner and Joel LeFevre
Arts and politics can work together. Cornell University’s Industrial Labor Relations program recently organized meetings and seminars with state legislators and aides to Gov. Spitzer about the nature, role and impact of the arts and entertainment industry. 802 Recording Supervisor

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How to Be an Activist in the Doctor’s Office
Martha Hyde
You are sitting in your doctor’s office. He or she is ready to prescribe a medication for you. You wonder how much the drug will cost you. The doctor may be ordering a procedure, an MRI or a series of

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Financial Vice President's Report
Jay Blumenthal
Turbulent times for the nation have left us all reeling over the magnitude of the financial crisis — a situation that was clearly avoidable. The bailouts required to keep the whole financial system from imploding are staggering. At last count

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2008 Events & Exhibitions
EXHIBITIONS What Work Looks Like Bread and Roses 3l0 West 43rd St., NYC 10036. May 1 – May 30. Weekdays 8 a.m. – 8 p.m Multi-media exhibition: paintings, photos, sculptures, & other art (& a workers cabaret) done by union

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Jazz Appreciation Month
Robert L. (“Bob”) Thompson, 81, is an honor member who joined Local 802 in 1950. A Dixieland drummer known for his group the Red Onion Jazz Band, Thompson managed to hold down a chair in the Psychology Department at Hunter

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Lending your music to others? Watch out!
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Harvey Mars is one of Local 802’s lawyers. Legal questions are welcome from 802 members. E-mail them to JurMars566@aol.com. For those who are interested in reading additional articles that Mars has authored, please check out his new Web site at www.HarveyMarsAttorney.com.

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Music & Power
Ethan Fein
I recently visited the orchestra pits of seven shows on Broadway to spread the word about building a corporate campaign to promote live music in New York. Musicians told me that they are concerned about the loss of recording work

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A celebration of women in labor history, then and now
Elise Bryant
PAST TO PRESENT: Musician Bev Grant (above) is a new link in the chain of women’s history. Below, Sojourner Truth and Helen Keller. Let us celebrate Women’s History Month by honoring the life and work of the well-known heroes as

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Labor History Month
Charlie King
Charlie King and Anne Feeney are two of labor’s modern troubadors. They are inspired by those who came before them. Pete Seeger reminds us that people have been making up songs to get the work done since time immemorial: sea

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Music & Power
Ethan Fein
Earlier this summer, Local 802’s new, all-volunteer political action squad named itself: we are the Power Boosters! Our mission is to support the union’s efforts, using corporate campaign strategies. See my previous articles for background. The presidential election of 2008

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Views from the Board
Executive Board members Ethan Fein, Andy Schwartz and Maxine Roach are in the process of attending a two-year program in union leadership from the Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations School. Below, Fein and Schwartz give their impressions of one of

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Music & Power
Ethan Fein
This is the first installment of a series of articles which will try to explain a new effort by Local 802 to promote live music. The articles will chronicle a personal journey in which I learned about some new union

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Controller's Report
Ira Goldman
The increase in net assets of $393,163 in June 2008 compared to $513,884 in June 2007 is a sign of tightening the belt. The income of $3,182,480 compared to $3,173,222 for June 2008 and June 2007, although showing a small

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Jazz Appreciation Month
For the past two years, Local 802 has been in touch with various musicians in New Orleans. This year, we hear from Nanette Ledet, writing us two years after Hurricane Katrina. Nanette is a teaching artist who runs a project

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From: 802 Jazz Notes, November 20, 2008
The MusicFirstcoalition.org is working hard to help pass legislation intended to provide long overdue royalty payments to recording artists. In December 2007, a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers sponsored legislation to force radio stations to pay record companies and performers

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Musician seeks the father - and singer - he never knew
Ann Wilmer
Paul Turner, pictured at far left and far right, is searching for his father. His mother, pictured in the middle, was Sylvia Brooks. Paul Turner, an adult adoptee, singer and lyricist, is searching for the musician father he never knew.

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Member Profile: Bob Gerardi
Ken Rizzo
Just like music, our careers change through time. In this issues “Beat on the Street”, you can read how the musical lives of some Local 802 members have evolved. Below, Executive Board member and bassist Ken Rizzo interviews fellow union

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MusiCares, in partnership with The Actors’ Fund of America and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 802’s Members’ Assistance Program is sponsoring a joint program entitled “Managing the Ups and Downs of the Music Business”. The program will consist

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You probably have heard that there is a looming budget crisis in New York State. The legislature was called back into special session by the Governor. They were to vote on a tax cap and several budget cuts. Local 802

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The Musicians' Voice: Recording at a Crossroads
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 Local 802,

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Who should be the next President of the U.S.?
DECISION TIME! It’s time to make a choice. Super Tuesday is February 5th, when dozens of states – including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – will hold their presidential primaries. Click here for Allegro’s coverage of the candidates.  

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Julia Smith
In 2005, the Local 802 Executive Board contracted with the Labor Relations and Research Center at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) to survey the Local 802 membership. The aim of the survey was to assess the state of our union

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Movie Review
Karen Shinozaki Sor, a freelance road warrior and one of the subjects in the film “Freeway Philharmonic,” about the lifestyle of freelance classical musicians. Freelance musicians in New York City can see what the road life is like on the

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Women's History Month
“Mice Stealing Grapes” “Trading a Donkey” “Triple Happiness” March is Women’s History Month. In rural China, women play an important role as artists in addition to their other roles as mothers, wives, caretakers of the elderly and agricultural laborers. In

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THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE: The New York Philharmonic performed a historic concert in Pyongyang in February. The next issue will feature some of the musicians’ reminiscences. Below, the orchestra poses at the Pyongyang airport. Trombonist David Finlayson shot this photo and

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A grievance settlement has been reached between Local 802 and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. The orchestra had terminated a musician because she did not make her attendance requirement, which is 66 percent of subscription concerts over two years. In year one,

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Ben Treuhaft and Nancy Wallace
Viva el piano! Piano technician Ben Treuhaft (at top) has collected hundreds of pianos to bring to Cuba. Below, a young Cuban musician practices. Photos by LaaraMatsen. It was Jim Forman, the radical student leader and civil rights activist, who

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Beat on the Street
We are definitely witnessing a major transformation in the music business. I never really expected or even wanted to do Broadway but it’s really the only vestige of steady work left. Over the past few years I’ve been getting more

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Labor History Month
Marisa Friedman
We will remember! Labor history is often ignored or forgotten by mainstream media and school systems alike. In this essay, Marisa Friedman takes us on a journey to explore the life of Lucy Parsons, an inspirational activist and important figure in the

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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 Local

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Beat on the Street
This month we asked members why it’s important to vote and who they’re voting for. The responses are below. Please note that we received no responses in favor of John McCain. If you’d like to continue the discussion, you may

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Janet Becker, LCSW, Ph.D.
Sooner or later, many adults are faced with the complex and overwhelming responsibility of caring for an elderly parent, spouse, or other close relative or friend. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the magnitude of this challenge until there is

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Thomas Lorio, LMSW
June marks Gay Pride Month, a time when members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and the greater community at large reflect on the gay rights movement — how far it’s come and how much further

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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 Local 802,

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Several Local 802 members have recently reported bad experiences with attorney Howard L. Blau. We’ve learned that Mr. Blau, who has represented musicians and other artists in the past, has been suspended from the practice of law. If you feel you’ve

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Alleged age discrimination over firing of 74-year-old musician
Harvey S. Mars, Esq.
Last October, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the American Ballet Theatre in U.S. District Court. The suit was based upon an age discrimination claim filed by a Local 802 member. He was a 74-year-old non-tenured trumpet player who had

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To Your Health
Martha Hyde
One choice you have when you get the Medicare card for your 65th birthday, is whether to participate in traditional Medicare (Parts A and B, described in previous articles) or instead choose Medicare Part C, now called Medicare Advantage. In

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Robert Bander
Download In Concert… the 2007-2008 Emergency Relief Fund Benefit Journal Download Art Folio from Fountain Gallery! Click here for more information on the Emergency Relief Fund. What is Local 802’s Emergency Relief Fund? To put it simply, it’s financial help.

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Web Site Bonus Article
Alan M. Friedman, CPA
The following article is from the February 2007 issue of the International Musician, the official magazine of the AFM. Recently, there has been an explosion in independent CD recordings, often made at a musician’s own expense on digital home recording

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Labor History Month
Steve Jones
From left, Claire Maida, Eugene Hamond, Pat Logan and Barbara Bailey singing at this year’s commemoration. Photo by Bave Sanders. MUSIC HISTORY: Each year, UNITE HERE remembers the 148 victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, which was the largest industrial

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From time to time, as space permits, Allegro will spotlight some new or readmitted members. I joined Local 802 to enable me to be in a community of people like myself who will always look out for my best interests

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To Your Health
Martha Hyde
You may have heard that there is a presidential election this year. As the election draws near it may be useful to take a look at the issue of access to health care. This article will examine the positions of

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Todd Weeks passed his six-month probation on Dec. 4 and joins the permanent staff of Local 802 as the union’s jazz and teaching artists rep. Weeks is experienced in both areas. As a trumpeter and harmonica player he performed and

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Member to Member
Leo Ball
The first time I came to Las Vegas was back in the early 50’s as a member of the Xavier Cugat Orchestra. We were the hottest Latin Band in the country, and many musicians referred to us as the Latin

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From time to time, as space permits, Allegro will spotlight some new or readmitted members. Paul Heaney My principal instrument is guitar. I joined Local 802 because I want to sub on Broadway, get on a Broadway tour and eventually —

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Cindy Green, LCSW
The holidays are approaching and once again it seems that we are thrown into a whirlwind of activities — holiday parties, family obligations and shopping. While the season is meant to bring feelings of peace and joy, it can also

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Member to Member
Larry Spivack
Sometimes the simplest inventions are the most fun and the most useful. Cymbal Guy is a pair of crash cymbals on a hi-hat stand. The inventors are pictured above, from left to right: Noah Hwang, Local 802 member Larry Spivack

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Janet Becker, LCSW, Ph.D.
April brings the beginning of spring, often associated with new beginnings and fresh starts. Not surprisingly, many people also engage in some sort of ritual of spring cleaning. In addition to dusting, mopping, washing and polishing, many also sort through

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On Your Shelf
Ira Lieberman
In 2002, the British violinist Ruth Waterman was invited to coach a chamber ensemble in war-torn Mostar, Bosnia. She performed with and conducted a group of musicians holding their world together amid the chaos of the former Yugoslavia. Waterman was

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Tax Year 2007
Each year, as the tax season approaches, Allegropublishes 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 musicians.

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…but can I sue him for libel?
Harvey Mars, Esq.
They say the Internet is the great equalizer. Anyone with a computer, regardless of who they are, may access and post information on it and potentially reach a worldwide audience. It is in a sense the greatest democratic platform we

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WELCOME, SANDRA! Local 802 has hired a new director to supervise Local 802’s Computer Department. Her responsibilities will also include oversight of a complete software upgrade for the Local 802 Health Fund and the union’s internal computer system. Sandra Alayo

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
When it comes to the Supreme Court, justice is often dependent upon one vote. Sometimes the swing vote will herald enlightened and progressive results. For instance, in 1937, despite strong political resistance, the Supreme Court said that the National Labor

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JULIUS MARGOLIN ON SCREEN Julius Margolin, 91, is a living legend in the New York City labor movement and a regular at Local 802 and other union demonstrations. “A Union Man” is the story of his life through his eyes

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AFM SETS NON-BROADWAY CAST RECORDING SCALES It’s official: in late September, the AFM’s International Executive Board voted to allow Off Broadway shows and some regional musical theatres (called LORT)* to utilize the AFM’s national Limited Pressing Agreement to record cast

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What should you understand in order to prepare adequately for retirement? We have prepared an economic learning video about the importance of pensions and social security to retirement income security and the role of unions in history of America’s retirement.

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OUT OF WORK? This winter, three Broadway shows will close. 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,

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
My column this month may seem a little unrelated to the day-to-day art of music, but there is a chance it may relate to the business or legal angle of your career. It’s about mental competency. If you’ve ever been

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Women in the music and entertainment industries
Janet Becker, LCSW, Ph.D.
The month of March has special significance for women. Not only is it Women’s History Month in the U.S., but March 8th is International Women’s Day. There is no denying that women have “come a long way, baby” in our

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NEW PBS SERIES BEING DONE UNDER UNION CONTRACT The path-breaking PBS music series “Soundstage” is once again being produced, and all programs will be done under union contracts. In mid-April, Local 802 and the AFM signed HD Ready, Ltd., the

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Cindy Green, LCSW
As summer turns into fall, we can look forward to cooler weather — often a welcome relief from the summer heat. But as the days become shorter it also means that we have less exposure to sunlight. With this change

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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 Local

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AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA A grievance settlement was reached with the American Symphony Orchestra involving the cancellation of five musicians from several rehearsals and performances at Bard. The musicians had been paid for the cancelled services but their pay did not

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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 Local

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Music keeps you young. Lust ask Local 802 member Candido Camero (pictured below), 87 years old and still playing strong! Camero recently performed at the Washington, D.C. post office to commemorate the new 42 Latin Jazz stamp. Camero has been

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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 Local

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Labor board asleep to workers’ rights
Harvey S. Mars, Esq.
In a shocking decision that the two dissenting members of the National Labor Relations Board said confirmed “that the NLRB has become the ‘Rip Van Winkle’ of administrative agencies,” the labor board proclaimed on Dec. 16 that workers did not

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From time to time, as space permits, Allegro will spotlight some new or readmitted members. I am a sax player and lead a jazz quartet called Seeker. I also play in many of the rehearsal big bands around town. My main

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Joe Beck – Guitar Hiram Law Bullock – Guitar Joseph Cocuzzo – Drums Sol C. Consor – Saxophone Papy Couvertier – Latin Percussion Leila Edwards – Piano John L. Forte – Drums Angelo Giamanco – Accordion Alvin Hecker – Saxophone/Arranger

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WELCOME, CLAUDIA! Claudia Copeland passed her six-month probation on July 2 and joins the Local 802 staff as an organizer. She earned her B.A. in women’s studies and English literature at SUNY (Buffalo). She spent six months in Jamaica researching workers’

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From time to time, as space permits, Allegro will spotlight some new or readmitted members. Joining Local 802 has helped to secure my place in the New York City music scene. While the union protects my interests, my membership helps to

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October 30, 2007 -- November 27, 2007
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2007 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. Present: President Landolfi, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Fein, Giannini, Hunt, Rizzo, Roach and Schwartz. Recording Vice President Dennison distributed the minutes of

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Mary Donovan Musicians performing on City Center’s production of DAMN YANKEES, scheduled to run from June 9 through July 27, will earn wages, benefits and other terms and conditions based on the current agreement between Local 802 and City Center “Encores!”

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From time to time, as space permits, Allegro will spotlight some new or readmitted members. I joined Local 802 to further my skills as a trombonist as well as to become a stronger music professional in general. James D. McCaughey Jr. I

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EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES As the so-called “immigration debate” heats up in the U.S., it’s important to remember that equality is one the most important values of the labor movement. For instance, the New York Revels recently invited a group of musicians from

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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 Local 802,

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From time to time, as space permits, Allegro will spotlight some new or readmitted members. Why did you join the union? I am finishing my doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook, where I study double bass with Joe Carver. I also play

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CARRERAS MUSICIANS STILL WAITING Local 802 is still pursuing money owed to musicians from five years ago. In 2003, Jose Carrerasperformed at Avery Fisher Hall to a packed house. The musicians who performed for that concert — which was covered

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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 Local

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Joe Beck – Guitar Hiram Law Bullock – Guitar Joseph Cocuzzo – Drums Benjamin A. Endick – Accordion Louise M. Messina – Piano Walter Stuart – Trumpet/Arranger Harold Wax – Accordion Joseph Cocuzzo Joseph Cocuzzo, 70, a drummer and songwriter

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‘CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.’ The production was negotiated as a one-week pre-Broadway reading. The side musician scale is $1,515.75 for a 40-hour, six-day week and $42.60 per hour, with a minimum two-hour call. The music director earns a 50

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CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY OPERA Local 802’s latest agreement with the Center for Contemporary Opera was ratified on Feb. 20. The new contract includes an increase of 13.5 percent in concert wages over the two years of the agreement. Rehearsal wages,

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From time to time, as space permits, Allegro will spotlight some new or readmitted members. I am a composer/guitarist born and living in Brooklyn. I have played in many bands (Samsara, Lazlo Bane, Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories, to name a

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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

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Reminiscences
Jim Saporito
In 1980, Joe Cocuzzo and I played on the television variety show called “The Monte Carlo Show.” It was taped in Monaco. During one intolerably long rehearsal, summing up our collective boredom, I sighed, “Once upon some time.” Joe turned

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Mary Donovan
Local 802 negotiated an agreement for a choreographic session production of BRIGADOON covering four musicians. The session took place at the 37 Arts Studio space on West 37th Street. The musicians earned $600 per week for five days over two

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Reminiscences
John Hoesly
Our friend, percussionist Danny Kutz, 57, passed away on Oct. 6. He had been a Local 802 member since 1982. Danny was a musical fixture for over 30 years in central New Jersey and New York City. Danny studied at

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Vincent (Jimmy) Abato – Clarinet Bert Ardi – Violin Harold “Hal” Atkinson – Piano Terry Burke – Vocalist Ernest Chico Relli – Piano Arty F. Curcio – Bass Rozsika Deutsch – Violin Jack Eagle – Trumpet F. Maracella Eisenberg –

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Cesare W. Borgia– Violin Patti Bown – Piano Jack Eagle – Trumpet Harry Frank– Tenor Saxophone Frank Fusco– Trumpet Vincent (Vinnie) Gagliano – Bass Susan Krausz – Piano John J. Leone – Saxophone Israel “Cachao” Lopez – Bass Timmie A.

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Thank you! Local 802 thanks the following organizations, businesses and individuals who advertised in In Concert, the journal of the union’s Emergency Relief Fund. For more information or to advertise in next year’s journal, please contact Robert Bander at Rbander@Local802afm.org

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March 25, 2008 -- April 29, 2008
TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2008 Meeting called to order at 11:06 a.m. Present: President Landolfi, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Fein, Giannini, Johansen, Roach, Schwartz and Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens. Recording Vice President Dennison excused out of town.

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Jane Cochran – Oboe/English Horn Joseph Frances Diamond – Piano Alfred J. Gallodoro – Saxophone Nathan Gershman – Cello Neal Hefti – Trumpet Michael Kania – Accordion Roy Ray – Trumpet Richard M. Sudhalter – Trumpet Alfred J. Gallodoro Alfred

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Gene Allen – Saxophone Bernardo Altmann – Cello Bert Ardi – Violin Phil Bodner – Clarinet Rose Chanivecky – Violin Dennis Irwin – Bass John F. Knapp – Copyist Samuel Kramar – Violin Teo Macero – Saxophone/Conductor/Arranger Lloyd Trotman –

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Henry Adler – Drums Ernest Bright – Clarinet Dave McKenna – Piano Ernie G. Gallet – Accordion Herb Harris – Drums Norman W. Hedman – Percussion Danny Kutz – Drums Kathleen Wilber – French Horn Ernest Bright Ernest Daniel Bright,

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Roll out the red carpet! Abba Bogin (left) and Seymour Lipkin have been honored by the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Both received the Alumni Award, which is the highest honor that Curtis confers on its alumni. The award

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The following bylaw resolution is hereby submitted by the Local 802 Executive Board for the Oct. 22 membership meeting.  STRIKE FUND BYLAW Whereas, Local 802 has had a Members’ Benefit Strike Fund for many years, and Whereas, Local 802 has

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DON’T FORGET TO PAY Currently, members who are on the union’s Health Plan A must pay a quarterly fee. Checks are due Jan. 1, April 1, July 1, and Oct. 1. If you forget to mail in your check, you

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January29, 2008 - March 4, 2008
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2008 Meeting called to order at 11:15 a.m. Present: President Landolfi, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Burridge, Fein, Giannini, Rizzo, Schwartz and Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens. Recording Vice President Dennison

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APPEAL TO BE HEARD ON JAN. 13 The following appeal will be on the agenda of the special membership meeting called for Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. in the Local 802 Club Room.  In accordance with the bylaws of Local

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Advanced students from the School of American Ballet dance at a workshop performance. The piece is “Serenade” with choreography by George Balanchine. Photo by Paul Kolnik. Local 802 has reached an agreement with the School of American Ballet Orchestra. Performance

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January 8, 2008 -- January 22, 2008
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2008 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. Present: President Landolfi, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Burridge Fein, Hunt, Johansen, Rizzo and Schwartz. Recording Vice President Dennison distributed the minutes of

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March 11, 2008 - March 18th, 2008
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2008 Meeting called to order at 11:10 a.m. Present: Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Burridge, Fein, Giannini, Johansen, Rizzo, Roach, Schaffner and Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens. President Landolfi excused on

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June 3, 2008 - July 29, 2008
TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2008 Meeting called to order at 11:15 a.m. Present: President Landolfi, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Vice President Dennison, Executive Board members Burridge, Fein, Giannini, Johansen, Rizzo, Roach, Schwartz and Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens. Recording Vice President

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August 5, 2008 -- September 2, 2008
TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2008 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. Present: President Landolfi, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Burridge, Fein, Johansen, Norrell and Schwartz.  Recording Vice President Dennison distributed the minutes of July

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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

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Bernardo Altmann – Cello Ken Arzberger – Saxophone Don Cameron – Tenor Saxophone Thomas D. Chapin – Saxophone John Delaveau – Drums Saul Feldstein – Drums Mona Hinton – Piano Herman F. Jobelmann – Bass Earl Knight – Piano Jay

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September 9, 2008 -- October 2, 2008
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2008 Meeting called to order at 11:00 a.m. Present: President Landolfi, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Burridge, Fein, Johansen and Roach.  Recording Vice President Dennison distributed the minutes of September 2,

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Crossword Puzzle & Sight-Sing Challenge
SIGHT-SING CHALLENGE“How High the Moon” CROSSWORD PUZZLE Across 1 – Made like a bird FLEW 5 – Knight shirt MAIL 9 – Race or tie ASCOT 14 – Ready to pluck RIPE 15 – ____ Vera ALOE 16 – Skiers

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October 7, 2008 - October 28, 2008
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2008 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. Present: President Landolfi, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Fein, Giannini, Rizzo Schwartz and Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens. Recording Vice President Dennison distributed

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Crossword and Sight-Sing Solutions
SIGHT-SING CHALLENGE:Theme from “Marriage of Figaro” (Mozart) CROSSWORD: Across 1- French singer/songwriter Chao – MANU 5- A piece of music? – APART 10- Tabernacle choir state – UTAH 14- Related – AKIN 15- Israeli peninsula – SINAI 16- What the

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Mary Donovan
With the conclusion of 2007, Local 802 wrapped up several contracts for Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway productions. Producers for MAKE ME A SONG and FRANKENSTEIN agreed to the terms of Local 802’s Commercial Off Broadway Area Standards. (This

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Stan Antin – Drums Stanley Aronson – Saxophone Henry Brant – Harmonica/Composer Stephen Dremuk – Saxophone Jimmy Giuffre – Saxophone Peter Howard – Piano Herman F. Jobelmann – Bass Robert Lehrfeld – Oboe Charles Libove – Violin Utah Phillips –

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Joseph Aglialoro – Saxophone Jerome Ashby – French Horn Leo Ball – Trumpet Evelyn Blakey – Vocalist Henry F. Bloch – Bass/Conductor Arthur A. Bloom – Clarinet/Copyist George J. Gaber – Drums/Conductor May K. Harrow – Piano Roger Hartman –

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Crossword & Sight-Sing Challenge
SIGHT-SINGING ANSWER: “Draidel, Draidel, Draidel” CROSSWORD ANSWERS Across  1- Cheese region BRIE 5- Onto AWARE 10- Treat that is often pulled apart OREO 14- Bring in REAP 15- Drew staff lines RULED 16- Kind of session RUMP 17- Italian wine

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It was another great night in Harlem. Local 802 member Lucien Barbarin takes a wailing solo on trombone at the Jazz Foundation’s annual fundraiser at the Apollo. Photo by Enid Farber.  

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May 6, 2008 - May 27, 2008
TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2008 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. Present: President Landolfi, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Burridge, Fein, Giannini, Hunt, Rizzo, Schwartz and Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens. Recording Vice President

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Crossword and Sight-Sing Challenge
SIGHT-SING CHALLENGE:Theme from “Mission: Impossible” CROSSWORD PUZZLE: Across 1- Abusers of ignorant oil SOTS 5- Entangled AFOUL 10- Tools for Sosa BATS 14- Overseas currency EURO 15- Like Thor NORSE 16- Met feature ARIA 17- Powerful sports figure CZAR 18- A

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Crossword and Sight-Sing Challenge
SIGHT-SINGING ANSWER:“Battle Hymn of the Republic” a/k/a “Solidarity Forever” (in honor of Labor Day!) CROSSWORD PUZZLE: Across  1 – Bouquet container VASE 5 – Male parties STAGS 10 – Italian composer Nino ROTA 14 – You can click on this

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December 4, 2007 -- December 18, 2007
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2007 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. Present: President Landolfi, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Burridge Fein, Johansen, Rizzo, Roach and Schwartz. Recording Vice President Dennison distributed the minutes of

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Crossword & Sight-Sing
Sight-singing answer: “Taps.” Across 1- Knife STAB 5- Disney dog SCAMP 10- Sparkling wine ASTI 14- Swan lover LEDA 15- Data structure ARRAY 16- Competed VIED 17- Russian motorcycle URAL 18- Reed condition, usually MOIST 19- Airline to Ben Gurion ELAL

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Recommendations by the Limited Pressing Committee
MEMORANDUM To: Local 802 Executive Board From: Limited Pressing Committee Re: Recommendations to the Executive Board Date: May 5, 2008 In September 2007, Local 802 President Mary Landolfi created this committee to assess the issue of Local 802’s granting producers permission

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Crossword & Sight-Sing Challenge
SIGHT-SING ANSWERr:“Solidarity Forever”/”Battle Hymn of the Republic” CROSSWORD PUZZLE: Across:1. Answer to “Who hit that clam?” NOTME 6. Go bad SPOIL 11. Opposite of syn. ANT 14. Bubbling ABOIL  15. Ride TEASE 16. Born NEE 17. Michelangelo masterwork PIETA 18.

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Single Engagement Club Dates $27/engagement ($28 1/1/08) Freelance Classical Concert $41.73/ performance* Freelance Opera and Ballet $42.38 / performance Sound Recording $22/first session of the day, $16.50 ea addl. Motion Picture and TV Film $20.34/ day TV/Radio Jingle $17 +3% of

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Crossword Puzzle & Sight-Sing Challenge
SIGHT-SING CHALLENGE:Theme from “Carmen” by Georges Bizet CROSSWORD PUZZLE ANSWERS Across 1- One of a Latin trio AMAS 5- Accumulate AMASS 10- Teen woe ACNE 14- Old Dodge DART 15- Like the underside SEAMY 16- Lump of earth CLOD 17- Aboriginal

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Crossword and Sight-Sing Challenge
SIGHT-SING CHALLENGE:“Jesus Christ Superstar” (the Broadway musical) CROSSWORD PUZZLE: Across 1- Lowers the light DIMS  5- A stupor? ACOMA  10- Well informed about UPON  14- ____ Code AREA  15- “____ In the Sky” CABIN  16- Auto parts chain NAPA  17-

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Crossword and Sight-Sing Challenge
  SIGHT-SINGING ANSWER“Sailor’s Hornpipe” CROSSWORD PUZZLE ANSWERS Across 1- Defeat decisively DRUB 5- Muse of poetry ERATO 10- Read Braille FEEL 14- Wax not WANE 15- Submarine gadget SONAR 16- Trick RUSE 17- Banjo whiz Davis EDDY 18- “_____ Doll” SATIN

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Crossword and Sight-Sing Challenge
SIGHT-SINGING ANSWER:“Auld Lang Syne” CROSSWORD PUZZLE ANSWERS: Across   1- Net starter INTER 6- Russian ruler TSAR 10- Retirement accts. IRAS 14- Sifter SIEVE 15- ____ ran ALSO 16- Grimace MOUE 17- Fjord, e.g. INLET 18- What musicians want to

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Bill Crow
I played a school concert with Art Baron’s quartet at Lincoln Center recently. Jackie Williams was the drummer, and Richard Wyands was the pianist. Art did a nice job of getting a roomful of elementary school kids to participate in

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Bill Crow
While I was learning to be a jazz bass player back in the 1950’s, I found some extra work on the New York club date scene. There, I met a saxophonist and violin doubler named Jerry Packtor, who had a

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Bill Crow
Paquito D’Rivera told me about a Cuban composer, pianist and conductor named Fernando Mulens. Before the communists came into power in 1959, Mulens had established a solid reputation in Cuba. He held several jobs around La Habana, recording jingles, working

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Bill Crow
Back in 1974 Turk Mauro and Zoot Sims were riding an Amtrak train to Washington D.C. where they both had gigs at different clubs. Mitch Miller walked up the aisle and stopped to say hello to Zoot. The train was

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Bill Crow
Buddy DeFranco was interviewed by Steve Voce a couple of years ago. Steve recently posted the transcript on the internet. Here are two stories from it that I like: “When I was with Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Shavers was in the

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Bill Crow
Dan Barrett lives in California now, but when he was around New York he occasionally played at the Cornerstone, in Metuchen, NJ. One night there, a guy cornered him between sets, bought him a drink, and said, “I’ve been watching

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Bill Crow
Frank Tate has been in and out of the hospital with some problems lately, but when I called him recently, he sounded very chipper, and even gave me a story: Frank was carrying his bass down the stairs to the

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Bill Crow
William Zinn was a first violinist with the Indianapolis Symphony during the 1944-45 season, under the baton of Fabian Sevitzky, who Zinn says was a tyrant, much disliked by the musicians. At the intermission break of the first rehearsal, Sevitzky

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Bill Crow
Len Dobbin, up in Montreal, told me about one of the last record dates Pepper Adams did before he passed away. The date was with the Denny Christianson big band, at Montreal’s old Victor studios. Pepper, already suffering from terminal

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Bill Crow
While we were getting ready for a concert at St. Peter’s church with Lou Caputo’s Not So Big Band, guitarist Jeff Tillman told me about a jazz concert he once played with Harold Lieberman when Harold was the music director

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Bill Crow
In the early 1970’s, Bill Zinn’s Ragtime String Quartet booked a media concert held at O. Henry’s Steak House in Greenwich Village. Dick Hyman was to be their special guest, but when he arrived, they discovered that there was no

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