Allegro

Currently Browsing: September, 2008

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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