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Music Matters
Tino Gagliardi
WEST COAST VISIT: Leslie Lashinsky, the secretary/treasurer of Local 47 (Los Angeles), recently visited the Local 802 Executive Board. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Tino Gagliardi, Leslie Lashinsky and Jay Blumenthal. In the back row, from left,

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Introducing Local 802's new live music campaign
Joel LeFevre
The challenges facing the music and the members of Local 802 are great. Technology is both a boon and a bane for art and entertainment. The “long tail” of sales curves shows that 80 percent of recordings hosted for sale

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Are You Overdue?
Tino Gagliardi
Members who have been forgetting – or ignoring  – their dues obligations to Local 802 need to know that we are serious about collecting If you’ve been ignoring your work dues bills from Local 802 – or if you’re supposed

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Moving Forward
Tino Gagliardi
At the recent IEB meeting, Local 802 was assigned new jurisdiction. Also, recording musicians gained a voice over their own fees. I recently returned from a meeting of the International Executive Board in Toronto and I would like to report

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Meeting a Challenge: Organizing ‘American Songbook’ at Lincoln Center
Tino Gagliardi
Who’s the employer? This is sometimes one of the most difficult issues when the union negotiates a contract for musicians. The question has come up again, this time with Lincoln Center and its “American Songbook” series. The program was launched

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Fund announces recovery plan. But what does this mean for musicians?
Mikael Elsila
Musicians are hurting right now, perhaps more so than at any other time in recent history. The Great Recession is affecting almost every aspect of the lives of our members. Unfortunately, this includes our pension fund as well. First, the

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New bio sheds some light on Local 802 history
Robin D.G. Kelley
Monk performs at the Salle Pleyel for the Paris Jazz Festival (“Salon du Jazz”), June 1954 (photograph by Marcel Fleiss; used courtesy of Marcel Fleiss, all rights reserved). Excerpted from “Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original”

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Martha Hyde
Photo: Leoncillo Sabino via Flickr.com Many Americans watched and wondered if a health care overhaul would pass Congress. In March it finally did. The Patient Protection and Affordibility Act was signed by President Obama on March 23, and the Health

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Hear Our Voice: The AFM Convention
Tino Gagliardi
We’re heading off to the AFM Convention, which has a lot on its agenda. First item: we say no to a proposed dues increase. See full list of AFM resolutions and recommendations here. An important event is on the horizon:

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Change is Here
Tino Gagliardi
The AFM convention gave us a new president and new responsibilities: Local 802 is once again represented on the International Executive Board It was quite a trip. As I write this, the Local 802 delegation has just returned from the

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Keeping it Live
Tino Gagliardi
Our new live music campaign is ready to roll here in New York City. But in Detroit, why doesn’t management value its musicians? As musicians, we already know about the joy and beauty of live music. It’s why we’re musicians

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George Soros Donates $11 Million to NYC Arts
Karen Fisher
About 80 small and midsized performing arts organizations in New York City received some good news this summer. Billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros announced he will donate $11 million through his Open Society Institute. “George Soros is to be

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A Union of Unions
Tino Gagliardi
Working together, we can recognize our common bonds As the newly elected president of our local, I look forward to the opportunity to get to know and to work with all of the talented musicians who comprise this great union.

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Sometimes, it’s all about who you know. The gatekeepers to many of the best gigs in New York City are contractors: musicians who place the other musicians in jobs. Five years ago in Allegro, we heard from seven top contractors.

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Playing for a Broadway show is one of the most desirable union gigs in New York City. Members constantly ask us how to break into the field. Allegro interviews seven Broadway musicians to hear their stories. Their answers will surprise

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Bertha Hope-Booker celebrates a life in jazz
Todd Bryant Weeks
Bertha HopePhoto: Walter Karling A full transcript of Todd Bryant Weeks’ interview with Bertha Hope-Booker available for download. Bertha Hope-Booker has the wit, intelligence and candor of a woman who understands the ways things and people work. Sometimes sharp in

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
As many members may know by now, our pension fund lost a lot of money in the stock market declines over the past two years. First, I want to remind you that everyone’s pension is protected by law and no

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An exclusive look at Ralph Ellison's record collection gives new insights into a literary master
Todd Bryant Weeks
Ralph Ellison (1914-1994). Three years ago, Local 802 jazz rep Todd Bryant Weeks was given exclusive access to Ralph Ellison’s apartment in Manhattan to find a home for Ellison’s record collection. The actual records have never before been examined or

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Accountability and Responsibility
Tino Gagliardi
Bylaw resolution would put judgement back in the hands of members Sometimes big changes come in small packages. In the last issue of Allegro, a bylaw resolution was printed that will be considered at our June 16 membership meeting. The

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Mary Donovan
A scene from Cirque du Soleil’s “Banana Shpeel,” with musicians on stage. Local 802 is trying for a contract. Local 802 and representatives of Cirque du Soleil recently sat down to open a dialogue about the company’s New York productions.

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Jay Blumenthal
Photo: Larry Fink/Studio 535 The musicians of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra have ratified a new three-year contract., which boasts big gains even in the middle of a recession. The contract, which covers the period Sept. 1, 2010 to Aug. 31,

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AFM President Ray Hair honored at RMA-NY open meeting
From left: Lanny Paykin, Juliet Haffner, Roger Blanc, Ray Hair, Tino Gagliardi, Phil Ayling and John O’Connor. Photo: Walter Karling AFM President Ray Hair was given a very enthusiastic welcome on Sept. 29 at an open house presented by the

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What it means when a string section is cut by half
Paul Woodiel
Many readers read an edited version of this essay in the New York Times. Below, Allegro presents the original. The tragedy of cutting the music at “West Side Story” was picked up by media all over the world. In 1983,

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Recording Vice-President's Report
John O'Connor
We need to show New York that Local 802 is the champion for all musicians I believe the most important task before the leadership of this union in the years to come is to work to reverse the trend of

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Paul Molloy
Local 802 has endorsed Eric Schneiderman for attorney general. Photo: Azipaybarah via Flickr.com It was a good night for New York State politics. Of the 17 candidates endorsed by Local 802 so far, seven were in contested primaries on Sept.

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Audiences lose when Matthew Bourne's 'Swan Lake' uses canned music
Marshall Coid
Violist Richard Brice protesting the use of canned music outside of Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake.” Photo: Walter Karling I recently attended a performance of Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake.” I assumed that this revival would offer another chance to hear one

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Marilyn Stroh's first 50 years at the Met
Marilyn Stroh
Marilyn Stroh Photo: Michael Ouzounian I entered Juilliard in 1956 as a violin student of Oscar Shumsky. On filling out a form as to my performance interests I put “chamber music – string quartets,” never dreaming that in 1960 I

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The African-American influence on folk music
John O’Connor
Big Bill Broonzy (top left) helped bring the blues into larger, urban audiences in the 1950’s. Big Joe Turner (top right) recorded “Shake, Rattle and Roll” in 1954. Bob Dylan (right) was undeniably influenced by black blues and gospel. Public

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Local 802 fights for Latino musicians
Todd Bryant Weeks
From left, Raphael Sanchez, Michele Bazzani and Lorenzo Rodriguez. Photo: Walter Karling. For many a musician, it would have been a dream job: a prime Manhattan location, regular work, and decent pay. But for Michele (pronounced Mi-kele) Bazzani and his

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Paul Molloy
We’ve made great strides in recent weeks on the Performance Rights Act (H.R. 848/S. 379) which, when passed, will require broadcasters to make royalty payments to recording artists whose work is played on AM/FM radio. In the last week of

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Todd Bryant Weeks
CAMPAIGN IN ACTION: Recording rep Diana Cohn with pianist and Local 802 member Larry Fuller in front of the Blue Note on June 10. Fuller appears regularly with the John Pizzarelli Quartet. Photo: Todd Bryant Weeks Ron Carter, Paul Motian,

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The state announces a post-production tax credit for the first time
Paul Molloy
I’ve got good news and bad news. First the bad news. In early August, lawmakers approved the final piece of the 2010-2011 state budget. While it closed a $9.2 billion budget gap through 90 percent spending cuts and 10 percent

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What the law means and how it protects you
Harvey Mars, Esq.
The devil’s in the details.On Feb. 17, former Local 802 President Bill Moriarity attended our membership meeting to discuss the current status of the AFM Pension fund. Moriarity is uniquely qualified to discuss this issue, having served both as a

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Paul Molloy
For those who don’t follow politics, it might be easy to subscribe to the ginned-up, hyperbolic anti-incumbent rhetoric heard on cable TV and talk radio. To go nowhere beyond the daily broadcasts of fear, anger and protest, one could easily

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Mary Landolfi
First, let me say farewell by thanking those individuals who have helped me most during the last three years: Danny Engelstein, a gifted negotiator whose pragmatic approach has been under-appreciated Bill Dennison and Jay Schaffner, who have worked tirelessly for

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Janos Starker's musical mastery
Joyce Geeting
When cellist Janos Starker speaks, musicians listen. Starker recently gave a master class in southern California, and it was a pleasure to be there. Over lunch we spoke about making a film of his extraordinary life. The cellists of the

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Keisha St. Joan tells it like it is
Todd Bryant Weeks
Keisha St. Joan (left) and her accompanist and friend, Bertha Hope, after a classical recital in Oklahoma in the late 1980’s. Photo courtesy Keisha St. Joan There is more to Keisha St. Joan than meets the eye. A seasoned jazz

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Beat on the Street
March is Women’s History Month, so we asked the female members of Local 802 the following questions: Have you ever felt that you were treated differently on a gig because you are a woman? If you are in a position

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African American musicians and the formation of Local 802
Jacob Goldberg
In late February 1936, three musicians representing Local 802 arrived at a Chicago convention center for the first annual National Negro Congress. The congress denounced lynching, called for black and white worker solidarity, and established local councils that would fight

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It's essential for union reps to visit shows in person
Mary Donovan
Local 802 discovered that the benefits and a union contract are due for the orchestrator in “La Cage aux Folles.” Photo: Joan Marcus. There’s no substitute for a warm body. That’s why the Theatre Department continues to expand visits to

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All signs point to no, and I'll tell you why
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Harvey Mars is counsel to Local 802. Legal questions from members are welcome. E-mail them to jurmars566@aol.com. Harvey Mars’s previous articles in this series are archived at www.harveymarsattorney.com. Nothing here of in previous articles should be construed as formal legal

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Diana Cohn
What’s a composer to do in the 21st century? A panel of experts spoke their minds – and the sparks flew Composers and their allies discussed the ins and outs of their art at a June 15 conference at Local

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Financial Vice-President's Report
Jay Blumenthal
I’m pleased to report that Local 802 did see some improvement in our income for the first half of 2010. The improvement – though slight – is welcome. The income which dropped precipitously in the last half of 2009 has

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Photo Feature
Musicians and audiences alike look forward to the annual Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.Photos by Walter Karling. A wide-angle shot of a recent rehearsal of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Orchestra. Musicians play up to six shows a day

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Each year for Women’s History Month we crunch the numbers to see how our male and female members are represented on various contracts. The data below is for the period Jan. 1, 2009 to Dec. 31, 2009. You’ll see, for

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'Justice for Jazz Artists!' wont' succeed without the clubs
John O'Connor
Musicians make a joyful noise at a Justice for Jazz Artists campaign rally a year ago. Photo by Enid Farber Every year we see jazz musicians who have dedicated their lives to their art fall into poverty, relying on charitable

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Bill Dennison
It has been an honor to be a part of Local 802 for the past 18 years and to serve as an officer of our union. I have been proud to work with leaders like Bill Moriarity, Mary Landolfi and

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Bud Burridge
Photos by Walter Karling Times Square became a Broadway stage on Sept. 12, when the 19th annual “Broadway on Broadway” event took place between 43rd and 47th Streets. The extravaganza traditionally consists of musical numbers from both long-running hits and

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When it's OK to picket, and when does the law say no?
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Bud Burridge (left) and Bill Rohdin protesting the use of canned music at Matthew Bourne’s production of “Swan Lake.” This kind of informational picketing is legal under the NRLA. Photo: Walter Karling. In one of our recent campaigns here at

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All of us have a stake in making sure the arts flourish
Paul Molloy
You’ve heard it time and again: New York is the cultural capital of the world. New York has it all: live music, theater, art, dance, opera, literature, museums and more. It’s true. The arts industry continues to generate billions in

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Ask the pension fund for a report.
It’s important to remember that the union is not the pension fund. We can’t just tell the pension fund what to do. The pension fund is a separate, legal entity made up of trustees that represent both employees and employers.

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Full Steam Ahead
Tino Gagliardi
MEMBER PARTICIPATION WILL BE CRUCIAL TO UNION’S SUCCESS February is Black History Month, a time of observance and remembrance of the important events and people of African American descent. Let us all take the time to honor the contributions of

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Matt Plummer
Venuology.com, a new website from the AFM Freelance Services Division, is becoming an important resource for musicians booking gigs at New York City nightclubs and other venues. In recent years, musicians have found that even large venues with good crowds

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Todd Bryant Weeks
Like many creative musicians, trombonist Dick Griffin is versatile. In jazz, he’s a distinguished soloist, a seasoned arranger and an accomplished, if unsung, composer. He’s also a celebrated visual artist. Griffin, who is an honor member of Local 802, was

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The new threat of terrorism affects theatre musicians
Marisa Friedman
Evacuate! The attempted car bombing of Times Square on May 1 affected theatre audiences – and musicians. Photo by “Rockinfree” via Flickr.com Terrorism affects everyone – including theatre musicians. Thanks to the attempted car bombing in Times Square on May

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Controller's Report
Ira Goldman
For the six month period ending June 30, 2010, Local 802 realized a gain of $160,911, compared with a loss of $17,124 during the prior year. The audited financial statements for the six- month period appear in this issue of

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Remembering three visionaries
Bev Grant
he celebration of Women’s History Month is an opportunity to visit and acknowledge the contributions of women in the rich history of the labor movement. For the past 18 years, I’ve been performing a one hour multi-media show about women

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The musical life of Charli Persip
Todd Bryant Weeks
Charli Persip is doing one of the things he does best. He is telling a story. “Red Foxx came to town,” Persip remembers, “and he was M.C. of a club in Newark called the Piccadilly, which was a very big,

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Listening to jazz master Rudy Sheriff Lawless
Todd Bryant Weeks
“Once you take an interest and keep an open mind and an open heart, you’ll never be the same. You’ll never let go, because something about the music…” A full transcript of Todd Bryant Weeks’ interview with Rudy Sheriff Lawless

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Justice for Jazz Artists
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola has a great view, and now the club pays pension for some musicians. Photo: LuizFilipe via Flickr.com It’s official: some jazz musicians at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola are receiving pension contributions for the first time The

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...but you can't afford it? Here's another
Anne Nadig
It’s the season of giving. Good will is a common thread valued in all belief systems, regardless of the way in which you celebrate the holiday season. In this economic crisis it’s no surprise that charitable contributions are plummeting to

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Marisa Friedman
Five Broadway shows shuttered this past January, including “Burn the Floor,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Finian’s Rainbow,” “Ragtime” and Shrek.” The closing of these five shows shed 97 jobs, leaving 272 jobs (including “South Pacific”). This is still more than the

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Recording Vice-President's Report
John O'Connor
Our jazz campaign must be ‘tenacious, patient and persuasive’ It’s the year 2015 and you have a gig in a jazz club in the Village on the weekend. You are a bassist who plays jazz and blues, depending on which

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You may be able to keep it - for free
See Local 802 Executive Board member and Musicians Health Fund trustee Martha Hyde’s detailed article on the COBRA program (online only). Imagine you’re playing a Broadway show and you qualify for the Local 802 health plan. Then, unfortunately, your show

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Financial Vice President's Report
Jay Blumenthal
It would certainly be my preference to start this column on an upbeat note. However, throughout 2009 the economy remained mired in the doldrums and the music business continues to struggle. The deficit we experienced at Local 802 in the

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Do it union, and get free publicity in Allegro
Diana Cohn
Let’s show off our members. At its March 2 meeting, the Local 802 Executive Board passed a new policy: “It was moved and seconded that Allegro be permitted to print announcements of new releases of sound recordings by members in

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The job of maintaining standards for musicians belongs to all of us
Karen Fisher
Photo: © Jim DeLillo via iStockPhoto.com In the labor movement, we talk about “respect” because it is one of the fundamental ideas on which the movement is built. As performers, we must demand that the fruits of our labor, specifically

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Shane Gasteyer
Andy Scwartz at the summit. Should you give away your music or try to sell it? The Future of Music Coalition tackles the tough questions at its annual summit The 10th Future of Music Policy Summit held in early October

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Local 802’s annual meet-and-greet reaches out to new theatre musicians and gives them some tools of the trade How do you get a job in this town? Network! For the past six years Local 802 has held an annual “meet-and-greet”

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Martha Hyde
What is COBRA? The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) of 1996 amended the Employees Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974, the IRS code and the Public Health Services Act to provide continuation of group health coverage that might

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Spreading good will through softball
Clint Sharman
Hometown heroes: the Local 802 softball team. Front row, from left: Wayne DuMaine (assistant manager), Clint Sharman (manager), Jack Mead, Jeff Nelson and Marc Rosenthal. Middle row: Shawn Andrew, Jason Covey, Gregory Toroian, Al Espinosa and Rod Kinter. Back row:

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Jeremy Yaddaw
I got my first Off Broadway subbing gig through Facebook. O.K., well that isn’t entirely true but I do credit my utilization of the social networking site as a major factor in procuring that gig. A friend gave me the

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Local 802 has recovered over $50,000 in wages, pension and late fees for musicians who performed with Dicapo Opera last season. Management had failed to pay musicians for productions of “Il Caso Mortara,” Donizetti’s Requiem and “Madama Butterfly.” The Concert

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Views from the Board
Tom Olcott
Local 802 endorsed Eric Schneiderman for New York attorney general, a post he won on Nov. 2. The union has a new subcommittee to research and recommend political endorsements. For those of my Local 802 colleagues who don’t know me,

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Ethan Fein President Tino Gagliardi recently reported to the Broadway Theatre Committee that he had met with Denis Hughes, the president of the New York State AFL-CIO. Tino said they discussed various opportunities for Local 802 in advancing our cause

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Remembering the bandsmen on the Titanic - 98 years later
John P. Eaton
See sidebar story, “Local 802 has Titanic History” Heroism in music takes many forms. The political heroism of a Sibelius or a Toscanini. Marian Anderson’s heroism of the spirit. The heroism of innovation: Bach, Richard Wagner, Charles Ives, Stravinsky. The

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Mikael Elsila
Theatre musicians who play on union tours have a new two-year agreement. In mid-January, the latest version of the AFM’s Pamphlet B contract was ratified. “These negotiations were extremely challenging given the worsening financial environment that we all experienced as

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Controller's Report
Ira Goldman
Another year has gone by and it was a tough one at that. We had a loss of $180,000 during 2009. The economy was the primary cause of the reduction in income of over $900,000 from 2008. Expenses were controlled

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The letters here do not necessarily express the views of Local 802. E-mail letters to allegro@local802afm.org or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th

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Shane Gasteyer
Jazz education is alive and well – and Local 802 can prove it. This spring, the inaugural conference of the Jazz Education Network was held in St. Louis, on the campus of the University of Missouri. Recording Vice President John

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Claudia Copeland
A Local 802 rep attends the Oct. 2 rally in D.C. and finds hope for change Yes, we still can! That was the message of the One Nation rally that took place on Oct. 2 in Washington, D.C. It was

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Presented by the Future of Music Coalition
Thanks to the Future of Music Coalition for this information. For more, see www.futureofmusic.org Most digital music stores do not have the capacity to deal with individual artists directly. But that doesn’t mean you can’t participate. If you’re an artist

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If you were performing on an ocean liner and suddenly the ship hit an iceberg and began to sink, would you keep playing? As many know, that’s the story of what the musicians on the Titanic did 98 years ago

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Jim Hannen
From left, Chris Pistorino, Shawn Clark (vocals), Tom Abbott, John Merrill and Brian Floody. The Plaza Hotel’s Rose Club swings! Since reopening in the spring of 2008 the Plaza Hotel’s Palm Court has featured live music in the form of

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CANNED MUSIC LOSES AGAIN Live music is better. Recently, a production of “Peter and the Wolf” was produced in Europe using a virtual orchestra machine in addition to a small orchestra. The producer then came to do the same show

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Recording Vice-President's Report
John O'Connor
Should Local 802 be involved in causes that go beyond the scope of its immediate mission? Here is a perennial question that dogs every administration of this union if not every administration of every union. The question has been raised

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It's not OK to fix prices online, says appeals court
Harvey Mars, Esq.
A recent ruling by the New York Federal Appeals Court is a victory for anyone who buys music downloads. It’s also a slap in the face to several major record labels who were caught price fixing. First, some history. We

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Pianist Peggy Stern and her musical journeys
Sue Terry
Peggy Stern is an unusual musician. She’s as comfortable playing classical piano music as she is improvising jazz or playing Latin clave grooves, and you may even see her launch into leading a holiday singalong, as I did on a

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Union Wins Four New Broadway contracts Local 802 recently won collective bargaining agreements with four Off Broadway productions. “Avenue Q” moved from the Golden Theater to New World Stages. The show’s employer, Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, signed an agreement with the

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The labor movement has a long and proud
John O’Connor
John O’Connor sings at a rally of public workers in the 1980’s Wherever there is a seminal event in the history of labor, there is a song. Labor – being of the people – has soul, and therefore music. On

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Views from the Board
Clint Sharman
I would like to thank all of my fellow musicians who placed their trust in me by voting for me in last year’s election for a seat on the Executive Board. I promise not to compromise that trust. I want

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When Hollywood added sound to movies, it was a revolution
If we don’t know our own history, we’re doomed to repeat it. Local 802 member Dave Schneck recently read about the AFM’s campaign against “talkies” in the 1930’s. Silent movies used to be bread and butter to live musicians, who

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A conversation with Charles Tolliver
Todd Bryant Weeks
Photo: John Abbott Charles Tolliver is one of the seminal hard bop trumpeters of that music’s golden age, the 1960’s and 1970’s. He’s also a prolific composer and arranger, and has been teaching at the New School for over 15

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If you're 'misclassified,' then you just might be
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Which is better as a musician: to be an employee or an indpendent contractor? This is a hot topic right now, and it’s just in time for Labor History Month. President Obama’s proposed federal budget for the 2011 fiscal year

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Wally Usiatynski
As chair of the Broadway Theatre Committee, I was approached earlier this year with the concern about the need to promote the image of the Broadway musician. I set out to appoint a public relations subcommittee to come up with

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Paul Molloy
In his 1987 political memoir “Man of the House: The Life and Political Memoirs of Speaker Tip O’Neill,” the late speaker of the House of Representatives wrote: “I began my political career in 1936, on a slogan of ‘work and

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ICSOM conference becomes a life-changing
Katherine Green
This August I had the great pleasure of attending the 2010 conference of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians as an alternate delegate. This was quite a departure for me, for even after 20 years in the New

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The letters here do not necessarily express the views of Local 802. E-mail letters to Allegro@local802afm.org or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th

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Bob Cunningham's Life in Music
Bob Cunningham (as told to Todd Bryant Weeks)
I interviewed Bob Cunningham late last year in his house in the Victorian Flatbush section of Brooklyn. The master bassist, who recently turned 75, has been a collaborator, composer and arranger in performances and on recordings with some of the

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The Web should not have fast and slow lanes depending on who pays more
The Future of Music Coalition, to which Local 802 belongs, is the middle of a serious campaign for “net neutrality.” Here’s the deal. Internet Service Providers would like more control over the Internet. They’d like to be able to charge

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UPCOMING MEETINGS If you are doing rehearsals or audition work that is not under a union agreement – through a casting agent or otherwise – please contact Mary Donovan at Mdonovan@Local802afm.org. Local 802 is looking into developing scales and working

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Cindy Green, LCSW
June is Gay Pride Month, commemorating and celebrating the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual/pansexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. This month marks the 41st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which are widely regarded as the inciting incident for the

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When Nashville called, New York answered
Rosanne Cash John Leventhal A tragedy like this cannot be ignored. Massive rains in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi in early May caused major flooding and extensive damage. But the floods were almost completely ignored by the mainstream media. Many musicians

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Local 802 musicians add spirit to German-American Parade
From left, Greg Thymius, Stan Kurtis, Bobby Shankin, Carl Schickler, Tom Kirchmer, Tony Gorruso, Ralph Olsen and Greg Utzig. All photos: Walter Karling. They weren’t dressed in lederhosen, but Local 802’s musicians provided live music for the 53rd annual Steuben

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Earlier this year, Local 802 sponsored “Indie Musicians Unite!” a panel discussion on the future of indie music in New York City. It was held at University Settlement, on the Lower East Side. Panelists included musician/activist Marc Ribot, Local 802

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Dan Manjovi's tune has a big role in new film
Dan Manjovi It’s nice to get heard on the big screen. Local 802 member and singer/songwriter Dan Manjovi’s song “Somethin’s Comin’ My Way” is featured in the film and on the soundtrack to “Precious: Based On The Novel Push By

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Politics are never boring at the COPE conference
Martha Hyde
Workers who make Mott’s applesauce and other products were on strike for four months. I recently got an education in the New York State labor movement when I attended the Convention on Political Education (COPE) convention in Albany on Aug.

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Organizing Matters
Michael Donovan
Michael Donovan recently joined Local 802 as the union’s director of organizing and supervisor of the Club Date department. This is his premier column. My career in the labor movement began in 1968 when I took a job at a

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Three new contracts The union recently signed off on a new three-year agreement with the Center for Contemporary Opera. The employer has agreed to pay rehearsals and benefits at the union’s single engagement classical scale. Performances will pay $243.20 in

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New program will introduce 802 to young musicians
Karen Fisher
Of all the responsibilities we bear as members of Local 802, insuring the success of the institution for future generations is one of the most important. To that end, I am asking for your help. I am putting together a

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Weldon Cochren
In 1984, three men – Kirk Lyons, Kevin Stevens and myself – sat down one evening and discussed the plight of gospel instrumentalists and singers. All three of us had been musicians in the secular realm prior to becoming Christians.

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Once upon a time, musicians helped society recover. Could it happen again?
Sue Terry
The wife of a homesteader with her WPA music class in Pie Town, New Mexico. These children walked eight miles for their music lessons. Photograph by Lee Russell (1903-1986); Library of Congress The year was 1935, and the United States

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We’ve had a busy time Off Broadway. The Theatre Department saved union jobs at “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding,” visited the rehearsals of Culture Project’s “This Side of Paradise” and New Group’s “The Kid,” and hung out at the cast album

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Kenny Davis keeps it real
Todd Bryant Weeks
Kenny Davis is known as an acoustic jazz bassist who doubles on electric, but he’s one of those versatile performers who has appeared in hundreds of distinctive settings – jazz, pop, Broadway, gospel, hip hop – and with a multitude

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The letters here do not necessarily express the views of Local 802. E-mail letters to Allegro@Local802afm.org or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th

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Theatre Roundup
A scene from “Power Balladz” Local 802 recently negotiated several theatre contracts. Davenport Theatre signed the Commercial Off Broadway Area Standards with a side letter for “Power Balladz.” The show is a 90-minute musical that pays homage to music from

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The letters here do not necessarily express the views of Local 802. E-mail letters to allegro@local802afm.org. REMEMBERING TORRIE Our story begins in Utica, New York.

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Nanette Ledet
A young trumpeter practices in New Orleans. Photo: Kefuoe via Flickr.com As a sister city of live music, New Orleans shares a musical connection with New York City. Allegro’s correspondent in New Orleans gives us her annual update on the

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Shane Gasteyer passed his six-month probation on Oct. 20 and joins the staff of Local 802 as an organizing rep. Shane joined the labor movement working as a union organizer first for UNITE HERE! and then for SEIU. In these

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Each year, as the tax season approaches, Allegro publishes these updated tax tips for musicians 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

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Keeping an eye on the environment is an art
Marisa Friedman
What do Wicked, South Pacific and Billy Elliot have in common? They recycle used corks from wine bottles! So the next time you finish a bottle of wine, throw the bottle in the recycling can and drop your cork off

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The letters here do not necessarily express the views of Local 802. E-mail letters to allegro@local802afm.org. Campaign needs grassroots support In the January issue of

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Some quick tips for treasurers, both old and new
Harvey Mars, Esq. Several months ago I was contacted by a member of the New York City Opera Orchestra and asked for advice about the best method of setting up a treasury for the deposit and remittance of membership dues

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Thoughts on Ray Cohen and the business of live music
Dutch Wolff
Earlier this year, I went to the Palace Hotel to hear friend and pianist Ray Cohen. Ray had played in the lobby for 14 years, a lifetime. It was his last night. He had been terminated at the hotel’s convenience.

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BEWARE OF KEY WEST SYMPHONY According to AFM Local 655 (South Florida), musicians who performed for the Key West Symphony (recently renamed the South Florida Symphony) have yet to be paid for their services. Additionally, many have not been reimbursed

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The Board of Directors of the New York chapter of the Recording Musicians Association is pleased to present this excerpt from the statement of RMA International President Phil Ayling acknowledging the commencement of a newly elected AFM administration: A recurring

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Your right to practice in your apartment
Harvey Mars, Esq.
For this month’s legal column, we’re reprinting one of Harvey Mars’s most popular columns. E-mail your experiences to Allegro@Local802afm.org. Recently I was requested by a union official to research the issue of whether a musician who regularly practices and rehearses

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Let's follow through on a proposal to study how we can succeed
Marc Ribot
As the article “Indie Musicians Come Together” in the last issue of Allegro makes clear, the current administration at Local 802 is making an effort to “become a resource and help give voice” to indie musicians. In order for this

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Keith Bishop Chihiro Shibayama I joined Local 802 after I recently won an audition for Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2010. This is my second year out of school and I hadn’t done any union work, so this was my time

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Alan M. Friedman, CPA
Recently, there has been an explosion in independent recordings, often made at a musician’s own expense on digital home recording equipment we could have only dreamed of 20 or 30 years ago. Consequently, every March and April, as my firm

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How to organize recording artists in a postmodern economy
Claudia Copeland
Marc Ribot Stanley Aronowitz Photo by David Shankbone. Indie musicians get organized! Local 802 recently sponsored a discussion entitled “Indie Music as Labor,” which was attended by 70 indie music artists and supporters and presented by the Brecht Forum. At

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Cindy Green, LCSW
As New York City residents, we somehow learn to live in very small spaces. Because of our lack of space, it is a constant challenge to figure out how to fit more and more stuff into less and less space.

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Events & Exhibitions 2010
Click here to download printable flyer. EXHIBITIONS It Happened in Brooklyn Brooklyn Historical Society 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 Wed. – Fri. 12 – 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 12 – 5 p.m. Brooklyn’s earliest

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Congrats to Anne Walker Scholarship Winners Congratulations to members and their children who won this year’s Anne Walker Scholarship prizes. The prizes this year ranged from $750 to $1,000, to be used to help pay for music school. The deadline

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The letters here do not necessarily express the views of Local 802. E-mail letters to Allegro@Local802afm.org or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Cindy Green, LCSW
The office of the Musicians’ Assistance Program is your one-stop shop for musicians’ health. We offer counseling – both one-on-one and in groups – as well as information on all kinds of social services, including health insurance, food stamps and

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$500K for ring tones and more is claimed by the AFM
Harvey Mars, Esq.
“American Idol” is in trouble with the union. In June, the AFM and Local 47 (Los Angeles) initiated a lawsuit in district court against the producers of “American Idol” due to their failure to pay the performing musicians for secondary

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Cindy Green, LCSW
‘Automatic thoughts’ may be triggering you, but a new therapy may help If you’ve ever experienced episodes of anxiety or depression you know how debilitating they can be. This month, we’ll look at some tips and resources to help you

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Saul Miller Award has a surprising connection with Local 802
David Miller
Allegro recently picked up a prestigious writing award in the annual journalism contest of the International Labor Communications Association. We won the Saul Miller Award for best organizing story for the piece in last year’s October issue about the annual

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JACK BERGACS John “Jack” Bergacs, 65, a French hornist, music educator and contractor, died on June 16. He had been a longtime Local 802 member and also a member of AFM Local 151 (Elizabeth, New Jersey) and the secretary of

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Kaity Volpe, M.A.
Do you find yourself filled with fear and anxiety when you hear the word “networking”? Do you avoid any gathering or event that is billed as a “networking opportunity”? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, you

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Steve Danenberg
From left, Will Lee, David Spinozza and Hugh McCracken back up NYU students at the university’s new recording studio. I received a phone call one recent afternoon from my old friend and NYU classmate Ira Newborn. Ira, a former L.A.-based

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Alvin Ellsworth Hough Jr.   Michael Stein   Mark Bonifacio   Marissa Licata   Petros Sakelliou I joined Local 802 because I am now the keyboardist/associate conductor for the national tour of “Dreamgirls.” I’m beyond thrilled and couldn’t be happier

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Hawaii musicians say aloha and thank you! Aloha! As we casually turned to page 22 of the March issue of Allegro, this headline jumped out at the top of the page: “Local 802 donates $1,000 to Honolulu musicians.” Wow! The

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Rob Heinink  Glenn Langdon I joined local 802 to become actively involved again in the NYC music scene after the disbandment of a 10 year music project. My musical goal in New York City is to be a pit musician

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Stephanie Mitchell Dina Pruzhansky Carlos Pavan Justin Hornback Mike McGinnis Ming Kwong Daniel Bennett Why did I join Local 802? It all began with a jazz vocal class I took on 48th Street. My goal is to use the beautiful

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Reminiscences
Andy Schwartz
The New Found Sound, in this publicity picture from 1967, featured (from left) Jerry Hyman, Billy Bockhold, Mike Thuroff, David Spinozza, Bob Gil, Andy Newmark and Andy Deno. Photo: James J. Kriegsmann Sr., courtesy: Joseph Germani It was very sad

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Michael L. Breaux   Dan Wions   David Sherr   Irene Haberli   Allison Rae Kane I left Local 802 three years ago to begin working on my doctorate in music education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I

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Therapy offers some tools and answers
Cindy Green, LCSW
As New Yorkers, we get very used to hearing our friends talk about therapy and their therapists. Therapy serves as a great source of comfort and support for many people. Years ago, there was often a negative association that therapy

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How Harvey Phillips shared the joy of tuba with the world
Bill Crow
Last year’s TubaChristmas festival in Shelburne, Mass. Photo: Foroyar22 via Flickr.com The late Harvey Phillips was a very skilled tuba player. He also transformed his instrument in the eyes of the public. Before Harvey, if people thought about tubas at

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March 31 is the deadline to apply for this year’s Anne Walker Scholarship prizes. This is the 12th year that members of Local 802 and their children who are pursuing studies in music will have the opportunity to apply for

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Creative teaching gigs available to musicians and other artists
Do you want to use your music to enrich the lives of public schoolchildren – while getting paid? Here’s some news: the Actors Fund has come up with a very creative way for musicians and other artists to do part-time

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Rusty Dedrick Lyle “Rusty” Dedrick Lyle “Rusty” Dedrick, 91, a jazz trumpeter, arranger, composer and educator, died on Dec. 25. He had been a Local 802 member since 1946. Mr. Dedrick bought his first jazz recording – a Louis Armstrong

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From budgeting to food stamps, we've got you covered
Cindy Green, LCSW
When you live in New York City, it can become a logistical and emotional challenge to prioritize food shopping when everything seems equally important. And food shopping in New York City is expensive. According to the New York City Coalition

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
It’s the diamond anniversary of the National Labor Relations Act. Otherwise known as the Wagner Act, this bedrock legislation provides the foundation for modern labor management relations. It’s now 75 years after its enactment, and the NLRA is a law

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Reminiscences
Jack Gale
I first heard Buddy Morrow on radio broadcasts of his records when I was a teenager (and beginning trombonist) back in Kansas in the early 1950’s. Even then, before I was trombonist enough myself to make authoritative judgments, I (like

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The Recording Department recently settled a claim with Universal Motown for musicians’ services on several recording sessions with the band Tamarama. Local 802 collected close to $10,000 in wages and benefits for musicians who worked on these sessions. Local 802

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Larry Rawdon
Local 802’s membership is filled with talented musicians who are not only dedicated to the art of music but who are also dedicated to the business of music. So what would make an individual so unique that he or she

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William Bachman William Bachman, 71, a Local 802 member since 1958, died on Nov. 18. Mr. Bachman was a clarinetist with an extensive musical career spanning over four decades. He earned B.S. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University, where he

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Christos Rafalides Ray Joh Giuseppe Fusco Amy Baer Jonathan McElroy Aaron Cotler As a professional vibra-phonist, I earned degrees from both the Berklee College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. I’ve been leading my own band called Manhattan

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HOLIDAY PARTY! MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT! Do you know anyone who is not a member of Local 802, but wants to be? Now is the time to join! From now until Dec. 20, both Local 802 and the AFM are waiving their

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John Castleman Gloria Shih Eric Puente Joe Burcaw Tom Bergeron I’m glad to be a member. As a previous member of AFM Local 389 (Orlando), I benefited from a first-rate collective bargaining agreement involving a permanent position I held for

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Jim Brown
Director of Health Services for the Actors' Fund
If you lose your health insurance, or if you are buying health insurance for the first time, don’t panic. This article will discuss your options in New York for obtaining a plan for yourself or your family. (If you live

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November 24, 2009 - December 22, 2009
NOTE: The Executive Board did not meet on Dec. 1 or Dec. 29. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009 Meeting called to order at 11:15 a.m. Present: Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Burridge, Fein, Giannini, Norrell,

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ALAN FOUST Alan foust, 64, an orchestrator and arranger and a Local 802 member since 1965, died on March 20. He collapsed, apparently of a heart attack, while riding his bicycle, said his wife, Cathy, according to NorthJersey.com. The Indiana

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Bernie Greenbaum and Max Lucas
Photo ©2009 Mort Kuff A style all his own: remembering Bernie Greebaum Bernie Greenbaum, 83, a trumpeter and flugelhornist, died on April 27. He had been a member of Local 802 since 1959. Mr. Greenbaum was a regular in Paul

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802 OPPOSES ANTI-IMMIGRATION LAW Justice now! The Local 802 Executive Board has unanimously passed a motion opposing Arizona’s anti-immigration legislation. The union will also send a letter to the governor of Arizona expressing our opposition. Arizona’s infamous anti-immigration law is

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Charles Genduso Charles Genduso, 88, a trumpeter and a Local 802 member since 1939, died on June 18. Early in his musical life, Mr. Genduso won a full scholarship to study with William Vacchiano of the New York Philharmonic. He

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JOSEPH FINK Joseph Fink, 90, a pianist, singer and guitarist, died on June 28. He had been a Local 802 member since 1944. By the time he was six years old, Mr. Fink’s talent for playing the piano was evident.

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November 10, 2009
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2009 Meeting called to order at 11:15 a.m. Present: Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Burridge, Fein, Giannini, Norrell, Rizzo and Schwartz. President Landolfi excused for jury duty service. Blumenthal chaired the

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FREE CONCERT! Enjoy a free concert by the Local 802 Senior Concert Orchestra on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street. Musical director David Gilbert will conduct a program including Beethoven’s Symphony #2,

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September 7, 2010
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2010 Meeting called to order at 11:08 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Babich, Burridge, Dougherty, Hyde, Roach, Olcott, Schwartz, Sharman, Assistant to the President Donovan. Blumenthal excused on vacation. It was

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The letters here do not necessarily express the views of Local 802. E-mail letters to allegro@local802afm.org or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th

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Bryan Vargas Mary Ziegler Jennifer Morette Nick Rastegar Angel De Leon I joined Local 802 because I began subbing on “Fela!”. I’m thrilled to be a part of AFM, and I hope it can lead to new and better career

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Herbert Baumel Herbert Baumel, 90, a violinist and a member of Local 802 since 1946 died on April 22. Mr. Baumel was a longtime, close friend of Leonard Bernstein. He performed under the baton of Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, Aaron

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‘GREAT NIGHT IN HARLEM’ CONTRACT GETS A BOOST The Jazz Foundation of America recently came to the bargaining table to address contract recording language for the JFA’s annual “Great Night in Harlem” gala event. At issue was a side letter

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Senior Concert Orchestra to present its annual free concert
Dr. Lyn Christie
The Senior Concert Orchestra rehearsing for its 2008 performance. The Senior Musicians Association of Local 802, together with the Lucille Lortel Foundation, will present a free performance of the Senior Concert Orchestra at Merkin Concert Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 20

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The Vineyard Theatre is currently producing “Scottsboro Boys” with a Local 802 contract. Seven musicians play in the show. This agreement is also the basis for contracts with three other current shows: “Signs of Life: A Tale of Terezin,” produced

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Emmanuelle Bordas Timothy Lutte Anne Tortora Kevin Garcia Rob Kovacs I joined Local 802 for professional reasons. I wanted to be considered a real and a serious musician in New York City. My musical goal is to be able to

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NYU's 4th annual Broadway Percussion
Want to know what it takes to be a percussionist on Broadway? The New York University Classical Percussion Program, under the direction of Jonathan Haas, recently hosted the fourth annual Broadway Percussion Seminar/Summit. The event brought together an array of

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February 9, 2010 - March 2, 2010
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2010 Meeting called to order at 11:22 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Burridge, Dougherty, Hyde, Olcott, Schwartz, Sharman, Assistant to the President Donovan. Recording Vice President O’Connor

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March 9, 2010
TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2010 Meeting called to order at 11:15 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Burridge, Dougherty, Hyde, Schwartz, Sharman, Assistant to the President Donovan. Recording Vice President O’Connor distributed

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JAIME SUAREZ AUSTRIA Jaime Suarez Austria, 62, a bassist and a Local 802 member since 1968, died on May 21. Mr. Austria was born in Manila, the Philippines. As a child he studied piano, trumpet, accordion, and guitar. He fell

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Deryck Clarke talks about the Actors Fund Work Program
Photo: Jenny Ducaud Deryck Clarke, born and bred in Brooklyn, started taking music lessons at seven. He was introduced to music at his local public school. Although his first instrument was the violin, he fell in love with the French

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The following resolution has been submitted for the June 2010 membership meeting. WHEREAS, The current version of Local 802 Bylaw found at Article V. Section 7. Charges Against Officers, has been the subject of considerable controversy within Local 802; and

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UNION’S LIVE MUSIC CAMPAIGN IS REVIVED Local 802’s plan to reinstate a long-dormant media campaign is moving forward on several fronts. The focus of the campaign will be to remind the public why live performance art is important and raise

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Tips to make transitions easier
Cindy Green, LCSW
The office of the Musicians’ Assistance Program is your one-stop shop for musicians’ health. We offer counseling – both one-on-one and in groups – as well as information on all kinds of social services, including health insurance, food stamps and

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PC Mall is a national internet-based vendor for computers and other electronic equipment. After some discussion with our account executive, we have received a proposal to extend the same Local 802 corporate discounts to our employees and members. They have

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Robert B. Ayers Robert B. Ayers, 69, a percussionist and an 802 member since 1961, died on Jan. 14. Mr. Ayers was a graduate of Juilliard and also owned and operated Ayers Percussion in New York City for over 20

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Greg Chako Steve Swell Floxy-Bee I joined local 802 to network and take advantage of whatever the union has to offer. One of my musical goals in New York City is to earn a master’s degree and a doctorate, then

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March 16, 2010 - March 30, 2010
TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010 Meeting called to order at 11:15 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Burridge, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Olcott, Roach, Schwartz, Sharman, Assistant to the President Donovan. Recording Vice

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April 13, 2010 - May 25, 2010
NOTE: The Executive Board did not meet on April 6 or April 27 TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010 eeting called to order at 11:08 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Babich, Burridge,

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August 10, 2010 - August 31, 2010
TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2010 Meeting called to order at 11:08 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Babich, Burridge, Hyde, Kruvand, Roach, Olcott, Schwartz, Sharman. It was moved and seconded to approve

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The letters here do not necessarily express the views of Local 802. E-mail letters to Allegro@Local802afm.org or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th

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Reminiscences Jack Reilly Al Schoonmaker (left) and Jack Reily My friend Al Schoonmaker, 90, a composer, arranger and copyist, and a member of Local 802 since 1954, died on Feb. 12. The copyist is an absolute necessity, the sine qua

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Carrie Dowell Rachel Z Rebekah Heller Photo: Liz Linder Mauricio Herrera I was previously a member of AFM Local 9-535 (Boston). I lived there for nearly 10 years as a violin teacher and performed with BMOP and the Portland Symphony

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June 1, 2010 - August 3, 2010
TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 2010 Meeting called to order at 11:10 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Babich, Burridge, Dougherty, Hyde, Schwartz, Sharman, Assistant to the President Donovan. It was moved and

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Gene Orloff Gene Orloff, 87, a violinist and contractor and a Local 802 member since 1937, died a year ago, on March 23, 2009. When Mr. Orloff was only 3 years old, his father’s violin had to be hidden from

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OUR PENSION PAIN… AFM pension fund announces a recovery plan. But what does this mean for musicians? (Overview by Mikael Elsila) ‘I’m new to the union. How do I earn a pension?’ Crunching the numbers isn’t easy. Ask the pension

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January 5, 2010 - February 2, 2010
TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2010 Meeting called to order at 11:04 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Babich, Burridge, Dougherty, Hyde, Olcott, Roach, Schwartz, Sharman. Recording Vice President O’Connor distributed minutes of

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September 2010
Date Event Time Location 9/6 Mon. CLOSED: LABOR DAY     9/13 Mon. MAP NETWORKING MEETING 2:00 PM Club Room 9/13 Mon. JAZZ FOUNDATION JAM SESSION 7:00 PM Club Room 9/14 Tue. PRIMARY ELECTIONS ALL DAY Club Room 9/16 Mon.

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January 2010
Date Event Time Location 1/1 Fri. CLOSED: NEW YEAR’S DAY     1/4 Mon. JAZZ FOUNDATION JAM SESSION 7:00 PM Club Room 1/6 Wed. THEATRE COMMITTEE* 5:15 PM Exec. Bd. Room 1/11 Mon. JAZZ FOUNDATION JAM SESSION 7:00 PM Club

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March 2010
Date Event Time Location 3/1 Mon. JAZZ FOUNDATION JAM SESSION 7:00 PM Club Room 3/8 Mon. JAZZ FOUNDATION JAM SESSION 7:00 PM Club Room 3/15 Mon. JAZZ FOUNDATION JAM SESSION 7:00 PM Club Room 3/18 Thu. NEW MEMBERS’ ORIENTATION 11:00

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April 2010
Date Event Time Location 4/5 Mon. JAZZ FOUNDATION JAM SESSION 7:00 PM Club Room 4/12 Mon. JAZZ FOUNDATION JAM SESSION 7:00 PM Club Room 4/14 Wed. HEARING TESTS (ALL DAY) 9:00 AM Club Room 4/15 Thu. NEW MEMBERS’ ORIENTATION 11:00

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February 2010
Date Event Time Location 2/1 Mon. MUSICIANS’ ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 2:00 PM Exec. Bd. Room 2/1 Mon. JAZZ FOUNDATION JAM SESSION 7:00 PM Club Room 2/3 Wed. THEATRE COMMITTEE* 5:15 PM Exec. Bd. Room 2/5 Fri. DENTAL CLINIC (ALL DAY) 9:00

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May 2010
Date Event Time Location 5/3 Mon. JAZZ FOUNDATION JAM SESSION 7:00 PM Club Room 5/10 Mon. MAP NETWORKING MEETING 2:00 PM Room B 5/10 Mon. JAZZ FOUNDATION JAM SESSION 7:00 PM Club Room 5/17 Mon. JAZZ FOUNDATION JAM SESSION 7:00

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June 2010
Date Event Time Location 6/7 Mon. JAZZ FOUNDATION JAM SESSION 7:00 PM Club Room 6/14 Mon. M.A.P. NETWORKING MEETING 2:00 PM Room B 6/14 Mon. JAZZ FOUNDATION JAM SESSION 7:00 PM Club Room 6/16 Wed. MEMBERSHIP MEETING 5:00 PM Club

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July/August 2010
Date Event Time Location 7/5 Mon. CLOSED: INDEPENDENCE DAY     7/12 Mon. MAP NETWORKING MEETING 2:00 PM Club Room 7/12 Mon. JAZZ FOUNDATION JAM SESSION 7:00 PM Club Room 7/19 Mon. JAZZ FOUNDATION JAM SESSION 7:00 PM Club Room

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Bill Crow
The vuvuzela has become popular with its exposure at World Cup soccer games. Cathy Calabrese, in the Electronic Media (Recording Dept.) office on the second floor at Local 802, brought one in one morning. A long plastic horn, It looked

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Bill Crow
In 1980, while I was playing a production of “Man of La Mancha” at a dinner theater in Nanuet, I had to take a week off for some minor surgery, and got Steve Johns to sub for me. At the

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Bill Crow
Herb Gardner passed along a story he got from the late Arvell Shaw, who was Louis Armstrong’s bass player for many, many years. Arvell told Herb that the first tune of the night on Louis’s concerts was always “Back Home

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Bill Crow
Here’s an e-mail I got from Paquito D’Rivera: I met the great African-American soprano Martina Arroyo during a celebration of the Jazz Masters’ National Organization in New York. They had placed chairs on one side of the Marriott Marquis Grand

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Bill Crow
While I was shopping at the Apple/Macintosh store in the Palisades Center Mall last December, the computer maven that I was chatting with told me about a recent theft. Someone had made off with four of the iPhones that were

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Bill Crow
Mundell Lowe sent me a couple of stories that he got from Andre Previn when he was working with Andre’s trio. When Previn was conducting the London Symphony in the late 1960’s, he found in his pocket a piece of

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Bill Crow
When multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson performs, he usually wears shirts made by his wife. The shirt materials he favors are loaded with stars, planets, galaxies, etc. While Scott was appearing with the Maria Schneider Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, a conversation

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Bill Crow
As I was slipping one of my favorite Zoot Sims records into my CD player recently, it struck me that he’s been gone 25 years now! How can that be? His music is still so potently with us, and the

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Bill Crow
David Lucas, who now lives in Boca Raton, sent me this one. In the late 1960’s, Dave and Mike Abene went to the Metropole to hear Maynard Ferguson’s band. Mike had been in Maynard’s youth band. On the break, Dave

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Bill Crow
It was an unhappy day when we said goodbye to Hank Jones, who passed away on May 16 at the age of 91. He was one of the most wonderful jazz pianists to ever grace this city. I had been

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Bill Crow
Larry Benz spends his summers in Santa Fe. Since he likes to work on cars, he has become a member of a sports car club that meets every Tuesday noon at the Santa Fe Bar and Grill. He says it

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