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For more events and to get a complete, downloadable calendar, see www.NewYorkLaborHistory.org JEWS AND BASEBALL: AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY Narrated by Dustin Hoffman Thurs., May 19, 6 – 9 p.m. Film screening/discussion with filmmaker Peter Miller & sports columnist Dave

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
Local 802 recently joined forces wit the Council for Living Music, which commissioned a survey of Broadway audiences. We now have hard data to support our claim that the public wants more live music, not less. Above, one page of

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
Pete Seeger Happy birthday to us all! As you read these words, Local 802 is just about to celebrate its 90th birthday in style at the Roseland Ballroom on Dec. 4. This isn’t just a party; it’s also a special

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
Thanks to help from our friends, we were able to win a Local 802 contract for a recent movie date. When everyone sticks together, we win… Musical director and pianist extraordinaire Bill Charlap (left) met up with Local 802’s Recording

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
WE ARE THE 99 PERCENT! Local 802 members, staff and officers came together with other unions to Occupy Wall Street on Oct. 5. The Local 802 Executive Board voted unanimously to support the march. We received letters for and against

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Feeling the Heat
Tino Gagliardi
As recording negotiations continue, we’re fighting off regressive proposals from the industry. However, both sides have a common enemy: piracy With this issue, we welcome readers to the new all-color, glossy format of Allegro. We believe that it will be

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Making Progress
Tino Gagliardi
“Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark” is set to open this month. Above, the orchestra is ready for opening night. Broadway musicians will soon be covered by a new agreement. A Broadway agreement is reached in principle – and it’s looking

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Musicians at the Stamford Symphony have been working without a contract since last September. Above, musicians and Local 802 officials passed out informational flyers before a recent concert. From left: Local 802 Financial Vice President Jay Blumenthal with musicians Don

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Long Term Thinking
Tino Gagliardi
Our live music campaign is more than “Priscilla” – it’s the big picture UNIONS COME TOGETHER! Above, Local 802 and AGMA join forces in the first-ever combined negotiating session with the New York City Opera. In the front row, from

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
The Met Opera Orchestra recently clinched a new contract. Earlier this summer, the opera toured Japan (above). See Duncan Patton’s story about the tour in this issue. We achieved deals with the Met Opera and with Radio City. Plus, we’re

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Fear Vs. Hope
Tino Gagliardi
A recent New York Times article on the “mournful coda” of the NYC music scene has caused a stir. Here’s how I feel about it… Let me begin my report with an apology. Last month, Allegro published a number of

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Musicians win agreements at Stamford and Detroit
Tino Gagliardi
French hornists from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performing at a protest last year in front of their concert hall. Musicians fought back a vicious union busting campaign by management and won a contract without losing their union. Photo: Hart Hollman

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Recording Vice President's Report
John O'Connor
By holding the line with ‘Priscilla’ now, we’re protecting audiences in the future A few weeks ago Local 802, in cooperation with the Council for Living Music, launched our Save Live Music On Broadway campaign. We urge those of you

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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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Mary Donovan
I would like to say goodbye to the membership of Local 802. I retired on Sept. 23 and by the time this issue is in your hands, I already expect to be located in my house in a little backwater

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Do you want to use your music to enrich the lives of public school children – 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

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Musicians to vote on a one-year wage freeze in exchange for non-economic gains As Allegro went to press, musicians were casting their ballots on a new contract between Local 802 and the New York Pops. The gains in this contract

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Paul Molloy
Union supporters in Wisconsin protest the proposed legislation to gut collective bargaining rights for public workers. Arts advocates could learn from these demonstrators. Photo: Zak((Again)))) via Flickr.com Here we go again. With familiar clichés about “making tough choices in these

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Broadway At Its Best
Tino Gagliardi
Local 802 leadership met recently with Jazz at Lincoln Center musicians and longtime union members Joe Temperley, Victor Goines and Ted Nash to discuss upcoming contract talks. March was a very busy month. First of all, as you can see

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Financial Vice President's Report
Jay Blumenthal
It all began in the early 1990’s on a two hour ride in the back of a van from Denver to Vail, Colorado. Sharing the ride were two men who were in Colorado for the same purpose as I. We

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Mary Donovan with Marisa Friedman
Members of the orchestra from the 2011 Broadway revival of “Follies” pose at a recent rehearsal. Local 802 applauds the producers for using such a big sound. Photo: C. Croft ‘Follies’ revival on Broadway does it right, with a 28-piece

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Creative teaching gigs available for 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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If your boss is really evil, the labor board can step in
Harvey Mars, Esq. May is labor History Month, so it’s appropriate that I tell you about one of my more inspiring cases. Last year I filed two election requests with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of teachers and

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Don Batchelder stays cool while staying focused
Karen Fisher
In a city full of excellent musicians, how does one stand apart as exceptional? A lot has to do with keeping a positive attitude, if you ask Don Batchelder, who holds the principal trumpet chair in the Stamford Symphony Orchestra,

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Taking It to the Street
Recording Vice President's Report
John O’Connor Musicians make a joyful noise at the union’s big jazz rally on Sept 29, 2009. Photo: Ron Grunhut The time for waiting is over. Meet us in front of the Blue Note to make some noise. It’s time

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Local 802's new financial vice president makes his debut
Tom Olcott
“Dear Friends and colleagues…” Over many years as a member and committee chair, I sent out countless e-mails beginning with that salutation. I addressed those messages in that way because we on those committees were (and of course still are!)

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Pedro Libert was born in Aruba and raised in Curaçao. As a teenager, he traveled to the Netherlands to study music, where he earned degrees in conducting, music theory and viola. Libbert teaches in the STARRRS program (see story above)

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Are we headed towards a showdown with the jazz clubs?
John O'Connor
Will jazz clubs like the Blue Note do the right thing and pay pension to musicians? Or are we going to have to ramp up our public pressure? We think the clock is ticking. Photo: Hubert Steed From out of

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A Conversation with Fiona Simon
Ann Wilmer
Fiona Simon, Local 802 member since 1982. At the age of four, Fiona Vanderspar Simon met the violin and that was it. She knew that was her future. Simon, a Local 802 member since 1982, began her musical career as

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
French hornists from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra perform on the picket line. Musicians have been on strike since Oct. 5, 2010. Photo: Hart Hollman Is there a way out of the current impasse with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra? Yes! Musicians

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Organizing Matters
Michael Donovan
Live music forever! Above, as ad promoting live music from an early issue of Allegro. When looking at our history, we see that live music campaigns are as old as the union itself Happy birthday to us! On Aug. 27,

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This Fall marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Below, musicians share their memories of that unforgettable time… Click here for .pdf version including additional responses that were not included in the print edition. My memories of 9/11 are as surreal

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Martha Hyde
Local 802 and other unions have been attacked by conservatives for wanting a temporary waiver from the new health law. But there’s a good reason we asked for one. If you’re on one of the union’s health plans, you could

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Member to Member
Doug Ramsdell
“The Wrecking Crew” is a new documentary about the top studio musicians in L.A. who created more classic grooves than you can imagine. Above, Carol Kaye and Bill Pittman. Most musicians know that the made-for-TV rock group The Monkees didn’t

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Organizing Matters
Michael Donovan
Employers who scoff at the rights of musicians may find they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. The union is here to fight!  Photo: Walter Karling We enjoy paying our musicians well above what unions tell musicians they are

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Road trip through the 'Jewish Alps' to check out 802's new territory
Michael Donovan with Mary Donovan and Bob Pawlo
THEN AND NOW: Grossinger’s, the famous Catskills hotel (above) in its heyday. Local 802 recently received jurisdiction over this area, which has a new crop of venues, such as the Bethel Woods amphitheater (below), near the site of the original

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Financial Vice President's Report
Tom Olcott
One of my duties as Local 802’s financial vice president is to provide the membership with a report on the financial condition of the union. The bylaws require that we get audited twice a year and publish the results in

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Bettina Covo
How do we build an appetite for live musical theatre? That’s easy: teach the children WHO’S WHO: Young actors get a taste of live musical theatre at Broadway Boot Camp. From left, front row: Tyrig Nelson, Melissa Fishman, Nicholas Manna,

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Shane Gasteyer
For the first time, Winter Jazzfest musicians will enjoy a union contract with minimum wage standards and other protections. From left, Adam Schatz, Brice Rosenbloom, John O’Connor, Andy Schwartz, Marc Ribot and Butch Morris. Photo: Walter Karling Winter Jazzfest musicians

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A tribute to Dr. Billy Taylor
Jimmy Owens
We say goodbye to a beloved musician and jazz educator. Photo: Nick Ruechel Over many years, Dr. Billy Taylor was at the forefront in making significant and lasting contributions to jazz music and its musicians, educators and audiences throughout the

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Organizing Matters
Michael Donovan
Local 802 was out in force on Feb. 14 as the union went after Chaim Rosenblatt Productions, a/k/a EvanAl Orchestras. We set up at two sites where EvanAl had contracted bands. Union leafleters visited the Eden Palace on Flushing Ave.

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Organizing Matters
Michael Donovan
What if there was a way that you could improve the life of musicians in your field and help out the union at the same time? We are announcing immediate openings for union stewards. We need stewards in every orchestra,

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Karen Fisher
As a demonstration of solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Brazil, Local 802 recently participated in the international protests against the Orquestra Symphônica Braziliera (OSB) auditions. The NYC auditions took place May 20 to 23 at Carroll Studios. In

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Duncan Patton
A welcome party for the Met Opera, upon arrival in Japan. Photo: Jeehae Lee Three months after Japan’s most powerful earthquake changed the country forever, the Met Opera was performing there… The Metropolitan Opera traveled to Japan in June for

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Local 802 helps Latin musicians prevail in fight against club
Shane Gasteyer
Latin musician Michele Bazzani signs his membership form and joins Local 802 after the union helped him settle a case against Sofrito, a midtown restaurant that was treating him and his band unfairly. It has been a long time coming,

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Should we go back to being gig cops even if we still have that power?
John O'Connor
The fact that May is Labor History Month is a reminder that history should serve as a lesson, or else it is destined to be confined to the realm of nostalgia and useless sentimentality. For a good deal of the

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What instrument should kids learn first?
It’s a recorder vs. pennywhistle smackdown! When Allegro ran a recent piece on the value of teaching pennywhistles to kids, we didn’t imagine that it would open up a debate on this topic, yet the decision about what instrument kids

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Controller's Report
Cathy Camiolo
For the six-month period ended June 30, 2011, Local 802 realized a gain of $361,440, which is $200,529 higher than the prior year’s net gain of $160,911. The total revenue generated from dues increased by $275,071, closing the six-month period

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Recording Vice President's Report
John O'Connor
Our new agreement with the Winter Jazzfest is a landmark. This is the first jazz festival under a union contract since the Charlie Parker Festival in Thompson Square, which was a one-day festival with two or three acts. The Winter

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Organizing Matters
Michael Donovan
The contract expired last year – it’s time to get the ball rolling again Local 802 has recently been working on stabilizing the Jewish club date field. The contract expired last year and after looking at the employers’ onerous proposals

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
March is Women’s History Month, a perfect time to highlight a historic gender and pay discrimination lawsuit that will be heard by the Supreme Court sometime in June. The suit, easily the largest discrimination suit in the history of the

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Bud Burridge
Local 802 member Kathy Sommer casts her ballot. Musicians overwhelmingly approved the new agreement. Photo: Walter Karling Broadway musicians have a new contract. In mid-March, members of Local 802’s largest bargaining unit overwhelmingly ratified a new memorandum of agreement with

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Marianne Bennett and Evan Tyler, doing business as Element Music LLC, have signed on to Local 802’s Single Engagement and Club Date Agreement, effective Sept. 1, 2011. Local 802 expects Element Music to become a major player in the single

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K.C. Boyle
Of course not – but it’s time the city woke up and realized it When times are bad, teachers and the arts make easy targets. True to form, New York City has indeed cut spending on education during this recession.

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Michael Bacon Emmy Award-winning composer and songwriter Michael Bacon will teach a new film scoring course at Lehman College starting in spring 2011. Bacon’s class, “Scoring For Film,” is the only such course to be offered at a public institution

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Financial Vice President's Report
Jay Blumenthal
As we entered 2010, the financial outlook was grim. The prior year was very challenging for Local 802. We were running a $17,000 deficit in the middle of 2009, which increased to a deficit of $180,000 by the end of

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Can your boss tell you what to wear?
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. (Click on “Publications & Articles” from the top menu.) Nothing here or

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K.C. Boyle and Bettina Covo
A screen shot of Music for A Sound Future, a new web site that lets kids know about live music opportunities in the city. Nearly a year ago, Local 802 formed an Education Committee to address growing concerns over the

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So you graduated from Juilliard - now what?
What is life after Juilliard like these days? Allegro recently spoke with 11 Juilliard grads about their past training and future goals, with a focus on the business side of music. These musicians are on the front line of how

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Views from the Board
Andy Schwartz
The wonderful success of the musician-led organizing of the Winter Jazzfest is something to be celebrated by both Local 802 members and those not yet affiliated with the local. It points to a progressive evolution in thinking at Local 802

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MLK's last days were spent in support of a strike
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, the day he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” address. Almost five years later, he was killed while supporting sanitation workers

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Su Terry
After 90 years of “equality” – beginning with the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote – women jazz instrumentalists are still subject to what I call the Equal But Separate syndrome. The phrase harks

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Recording Vice-President's Report
John O'Connor
In the fall of 1973 I moved to Iowa City because it was the nearest place to my hometown to have a chance to ply my musical and performance skills in their local bar scene. I went to work for

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Steve Danenberg
Do you know about “new use” payments? It’s another benefit to playing union gigs… Earlier this year, Local 802 President Tino Gagliardi asked me to attend the AFM new use meetings in Studio City, Calif., at the headquarters of the

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Organizing Matters
Michael Donovan
Sometimes, it’s necessary to take a deep breath, look back, and say “What happened?” In June, we learned that the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas was canceling its upcoming season and suspending operations. This came after musicians had spent months

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Organizing Matters
Michael Donovan
Musicians, in order to survive in the industry, have to be fluid. Broadway musicians may work Off Broadway from time to time. Freelance classical musicians may play club dates. The list goes on. This fluidity among musicians can be a

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Controller's Report
Ira Goldman
For the 12-month period ending Dec. 31, 2010, Local 802 realized a gain of $514,557, compared to a loss of $180,538 during the prior year. The audited financial statements for 2010 appear in the printed issue of May 2011 Allegro.

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Financial planning in good times - and bad
Pat Dougherty
Financial planning is a vital function of our lives, in both good times and bad. Planning procedures may vary with changes in the economy or in your life, but the process of – and the need for – financial planning

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Su Terry
In the opening scene of Peter Brook’s film “Meetings With Remarkable Men,” tribespeople from miles around gather at the base of a mountain range to witness a contest of musicians. The winner will not be the one who can play

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New Orleans six years after Hurricane Katrina
Nanette Ledet
When you’re on an airplane, the last thing you want to smell is something burning. On the morning of Aug. 29, exactly six years after the passing of Hurricane Katrina, I was landing in New Orleans, coming home from a

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Gail Kruvand
Hip hop artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith speaks at a panel about musicians and local community building at the 2011 Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit. Photo: Caroline “Puck” Deutermann Annual conference looks at the big issues, including new sources of

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Billy Kaye tells the high notes of his illustrious five-decade career
Todd Bryant Weeks
When I was growing up in Wilson, North Carolina in the 1930’s, my grandma had a Victrola. We played those old, one-sided records. It was early jazz, kind of like pre-swing. Wilson was tobacco country. Every spring, producers from up

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Anne Feeney
In 1997, I became the first woman ever elected president of AFM Local 60-471 (Pittsburgh). In what was truly a freakish outcome, I took office with only 34 percent of the popular vote. The remaining 66 percent of the vote

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Walter Usiatynski
Walter Usiatynski, chair of the Broadway Theare Committee, with Marek (on shoulders) and Nikolai, at a recent rally. Photo: Macisaac/Epoch Times There is a battle raging in Wisconsin. It is between a newly-elected administration and the working class citizens of

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Traditionally, if you are a recording musician, you get paid in at least two ways when you record for a movie under a union contract. First is the recording session itself when you record the movie soundtrack. The second is

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Actors' Fund looking for entertainers over 60 for new study
Do you live near Local 802 and are you over 60? The Actors Fund will soon be conducting a survey of experienced entertainers living in the neighborhoods of Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea. These neighborhoods have historically been home to people

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Gigging for nursing homes requires versatility and soul
Ann Wilmer
Conroy Warren How old is old? Local 802 members Richard Frank and Conroy Warren are at the height of their powers, but the nursing home residents they entertain consider them youngsters. Have you ever considered playing at a nursing home?

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Photo Feature
A recent rehearsal at Carnegie Hall shows the Pops hard at work. Photos by Walter Karling. Jeff Carney and Sherrie Maricle Cellists, front to back: David Heiss (principal), Bruce Rogers, Adam Grabois and Zoe Hassman. Bassists: Bill Ellison (left) and

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Labor History Month
WE WILL REMEMBER: The Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire was one of the worst tragedies in American labor history. One hundred and forty-six workers – mainly immigrant women and girls – lost their lives. The deaths were sue to the owners’

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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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After Winter Jazzfest victory, now what?
Marc Ribot
Marc Ribot Jim Black Steve Coleman Orrin Evans Mary Halvorson Graham Haynes JT Lewis Jason Moran Butch Morris Ben Perowsky Jen Shyu Pictured at right, the Winter Jazzfest Steering Committee. To join future organizing efforts in this community of musicians,

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Sean Statser, Andrew Kendris, Jeremy Lowe, Becky Reid and Aaron Silberstein
Participants in this year’s Broadway Percussion Seminar/Summit learned what it takes to make it in the field. Want to know what it takes to be a percussionist on Broadway? The New York University Percussion Studies Program, under the direction of

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Martha Hyde
It has been a year and a half since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law. Now seems a good time to check in on its progress. First of all, what’s in this law that might be useful

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Photo Feature
The Roots perform nightly as the house band with “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” which is covered by an AFM contract. In these photos are Damen “Tuba Gooding Jr.” Bryson (sousaphone), Owen Biddle (bass), Kirk “Captain Kirk” Douglas (guitar), Frank

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Janet Lawson is fearless, free and focused
Todd Bryant Weeks
Janet Lawson sits upright in her chair across the table with an expectant grin on her face. If one looks more closely, one sense a certain gravitas behind that smile, a seriousness revealed in a gesture, certain gleam in the

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Michael Kates, CPA
Taxes are due this month, so here’s a war story about an actual musician who was audited by the IRS and how he saved himself, with a little help from his accountant (who just happens to be me!) Allow me

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After a tough 10-month struggle, Stamford musicians win contract
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Local 802 attorney Harvey Mars (right) and Stamford Symphony committee member Peter Weitzner (left) speak with an audience member prior to a leafleting action. From left, concert rep Karen Fisher and most of the Stamford Symphony orchestra committee: Peter Weitzner,

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Local 802 softball team makes it to the playoffs
Clint Sharman
All Photos: Walter Karling This year, Local 802 sponsored two teams. Pictured is the union’s morning team. Back row, from left: Jim Robinson, Rod Kinter, Seneca Black, Todd Montgomery, Marc Rosenthal, Dave Olsen, Shawn Andrew and Joe Barati. Front row:

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Nat Hentoff
Musicians and supporters march through the streets, New Orleans style, at Local 802’s now-famous Justice for Jazz Artists rally that took place in September 2009. Photo: Enid Farber In 1953, when I came to New York from Boston to be

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Bronx Arts Ensemble tries for world record, but Mother Nature calls a different tune It was supposed to be a Guinness world record. The Bronx Arts Ensemble, which is covered by a Local 802 contract, came up with the idea

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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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Photo Feature
Radio City Music Hall is alive with the sound of Local 802 musicians performing the annual Christmas Spectacular gig with the Rockettes. Here are photos of a recent warmup, an hour before curtain…Photos by Walter Karling Andrea Andros and Maxine

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Remembering Lenny Leibowitz
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. (Click on “Publications & Articles” from the top menu.) Nothing here or

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Gabriel Banat
Gabriel Banat and a poster advertising the New York Philharmonic’s tour of Madrid in 1973. When New York Philharmonic management forced a strike in 1973, musicians organized their own tour – a one-of-a-kind event. A new book about those days

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March 31, 2011 is the deadline to apply for this year’s Anne Walker Scholarship prizes. This is the 13th year that members of Local 802 and their children who are pursuing studies in music will have the opportunity to apply

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'Disaster capitalism' and its impact on arts and education
Paul Molloy
The union busting in Wisconsin brought out thousands of protestors. Many are waking up to how bad things have gotten. How did we get to a place where vilifying teachers, the arts and working families has become an accepted economic

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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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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Can an employer bypass the AFM and negotiate directly with a local? 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.

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802 member argues that child's first instrument should be pennywhistle
Bill Ochs
Bill Ochs(left) and Rober Sithole at the 1993 Clarke Tin Whistle Festival in Coneyweston, England. Photo: Elizabeth Ikin, courtesy Malachite Film & TV The future of live music rests in the ears and hands of our children. They will be

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Gotham Chamber Opera Orchestra commissions a new opera with an intense plot What happens when a woman tries to escape from her life in a fundamentalist Mormon sect? That’s the plot of “Dark Sisters,” a new opera with music by

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Photo Feature
Musicians in Local 802’s Senior Concert Orchestra are older, wiser – and sounding better than ever Photos on these pages ©Jim Marchese/JimMarchese.com. For information on auditioning for the Senior Concert Orchestra, contact Dr. Lyn Christie at (914) 968-6036 or SeniorMusicians@gmail.com.

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The theatre department has been busy. We’re currently in negotiations with the Roundabout Theatre Company and Gateway/Patchogue Theatres. Currently the Roundabout is playing “Anything Goes” at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre with 16 musicians. Previews began on March 10 and the

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Leonard Arner Leonard Arner, 87, an oboist and a Local 802 member since 1941, died on Jan. 27. Mr. Arner was a member of the first graduating class of the High School of Music and Art. He studied at Juilliard

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Mike Longo
I want members of Local 802 to know that stealing hurts. I recently discovered that a Web site called www.Scribd.com was offering a download of my music technique book “How To Sight Read Jazz and Other Syncopated-Type Rhythms” for free

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In order to preserve our history, Local 802 has donated its valuable collection of historical records to the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU so that they can be made accessible to union members, students, scholars and the general

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Violin performance tips
Joseph Gallo
Playing two notes in a row…beautifully. Is it a lost concept? Based upon the quality of too many musical performances of the last few decades, the answer seems to be generally yes. At concerts, I have seen knee-jerk standing ovations

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Recently, Local 802 negotiated a cabaret agreement with Urban Stages for “Musical Legends.” The production showcases four individual bands and celebrates the life and music of Pearl Bailey, Kay Ballard, Nat “King” Cole, and Marlene Dietrich. We were able to

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Cindy Green, LCSW
The musicians’ assistance program at Local 802 has been a resource for decades, yet we still meet members who come for services and say, “I didn’t know this was here for me!” In a nusthell, we help members who are

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ARIANA BRONNE Ariana Bronne, 86, a violinist, died on March 9. She had joined Local 802 in 1941. Born in New York City, Ms. Bronne studied exclusively with her father, the renowned Russian violin pedagogue Raphael Bronstein. At the age

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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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Marsha Heydt's New York
Todd Bryant Weeks
Photo: Jimmy Katz Marsha Heydt, a member of Local 802 since 2004, grew up on a farm on the outskirts of Allentown, in rural Pennsylvania. As a youngster, Heydt studied piano, sax, flute, clarient, voice and guitar. Each year she

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Martha Hyde
Members and staff protested the Iraq occupation in 2007; Local 802 was a supporter of U.S. Labor Against the War. Should the union take official positions on outside conflicts? Photo: Walter Karling As I write this, I am 50,000 feet

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Daniel Rein Sivan Magen Adam Podd Joana Miranda Jen Herman Tiffany Hall Aleks Karjaka I am a pianist, conductor and composer, and I recently moved to New York City from London to pursue a career on Broadway. I’m currently working

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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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In women vs. Walmart, Supreme Court strikes a blow
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. (Click on “Publications & Articles” from the top menu.) Nothing here or

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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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Ben Antelis Larry Cook Kat Gang Luke Short Jason Taylor Dave Wosniak Why did I join Local 802? I recently landed my first gig in which I would be performing on various TV and radio shows, and it was brought

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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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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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Eric Shumsky
Barbara Reisman (1934-2011) The gifted cellist and soprano vocalist Barbara Reisman, 77, died on May 30. She had been a member of Local 802 since 1951. Born in Newark, Barbara studied at the School for Performing Arts, which later became

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Cindy Green, LCSW
If you get a bill from the doctor, do you have to pay all of it? Maybe not… The office of the Musicians’ Assistance Program is your one-stop shop for musicians’ health. We offer counseling – both one-on-one and in

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If you blast your boss on Facebook, are you protected?
Harvey Mars, Esq.
If you complain about your boss on Facebook, can you be fired? How much free speech do we actually have? Free speech is something guaranteed by the Constitution. But this doesn’t always give you a free pass at work. Check

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Cindy Green, LCSW
Wondering how to build your career – especially during a recession? Recently, Local 802 partnered with the Actors Fund Work Program to present “Beyond the Gig: Building Your Career as a Musician.” We attracted a very healthy crowd of 50

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Ray Sabatello Amelia Hollander Ames Dorothy Goodman Teddy Kumpel Doug Kistner I joined Local 802 to play in the pit orchestra of the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, Long Island. My musical goal in NYC is to play any show that

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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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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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October 26, 2010 - December 7, 2010
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010 eeting called to order by Recording Vice President O’Connor at 11:24 a.m. Present: O’Connor, Executive Board members Babich, Burridge, Dougherty, Hyde, Olcott, Roach, Schwartz, Sharman. It was moved and seconded to approve the October 19 minutes

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Ralph Bowen Thomas Cavanagh Gregory M. Jones Aaron T. Patterson Naren Rauch Lawrence Rush Why did I join Local 802? To be part of a membership which includes some of the greatest musicians in the world. My musical goal in

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Michele Bazzani K. Marie Kim Ken Gross John O’Reilly Jr. Chuck Bridges I joined Local 802 because the union helped me with a problem I had with my former employer. My musical goals in New York City are to produce

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Greg Hendershot
Joe Madding (1920-2011) A true musician and entertainer has passed. Joe Madding, 91, a drummer, banjo player, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist, died on July 23. He had joined Local 802 in 1953. Joe, whose first nickname was Buddy, was born in

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Grievance Corner
The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players recently ratified an agreement that extends the contract until Feb. 28, 2011. In addition, an outstanding arbitration and unfair labor practice charge has been resolved. The grievance arose when the Players appeared at

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How does $635 a month sound to you?
The Schermerhorn: housing for artists at $635 a month. Are you a single musician looking for housing? We have some news! There’s a terrific new affordable housing opportunity for single adults who work in performing arts and entertainment. Studio apartments

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Rudolf Fellner Rudolf Fellner, 98, died on Sept. 2. He had been a member of Local 802 since 1952. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mr. Fellner first studied piano as a child in his native Vienna, then went on to

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Helena Mary Kaprielian Helena Mary Kaprielian, 83, a pianist and organist and a Local 802 member since 1951, died last year, on July 30, 2010. Ms. Kaprielian graduated from Fresno (Calif.) State University with a bachelor’s degree in music and

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Nancy Knopka Dr. Nancy Jean Cahen Knopka, 83, a bassoonist and contrabassoonist, died last Aug. 18, 2010. She had joined Local 802 in 1959. Dr. Knopka trained with the National Orchestral Association from 1945 to 1951 under music director Leon

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It’s contract time. Our agreement with the Roundabout Theatre expired on Dec. 4, and we’re in the middle of negotiating a new agreement. The theatres that are covered under this contract include Studio 54, the Stephen Sondheim, American Airlines and

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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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Kevin B. Winebold Jeremy Blanden Noah Hoffeld Michael Haber Justin Surdyn Boris Pelekh I joined Local 802 because I want to be a part of this powerful and creative community of musicians; what better way than to be a member

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December 14, 2010 - January 4, 2011
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2010 eeting called to order at 11:12AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Olcott, Sharman, Assistant to the President Donovan. It was moved and seconded to

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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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Melanie Bradford
Dino Anagnost (1943-2011) doing what he did best: inspiring others. On March 30, we lost our leader of over 30 years. We must now try to imagine the Little Orchestra Society without Dino Anagnost. What a legacy he left. I

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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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September 6, 2011 - October 4, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 Meeting called to order at 11:17 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Burridge, Dougherty, Hyde, Schwartz, Sharman, Assistant to the President Donovan. It was moved and seconded

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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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Dorothy Astwood Dorothy A. Astwood, 94, a pianist, died on June 2. In her high school years, Ms. Astwood performed on the “Dot and Dash Show” on local radio in Erie, Penn. During the 1930’s, she played the piano on

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In Concert…2010CD See CD liner notes The Local 802 Emergency Relief Fund “In Concert…2010” CD is now available and contains a diverse cross section of our talented members. On it you will hear unique cross-cultural contemporary chamber ensembles, as well

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Kenneth G. Adams Kenneth G. Adams, 65, a multi-instrumentalist and a Local 802 member since 1970, died on April 20. Mr. Adams earned a B.A. in music education from Howard University and an M.M. in clarinet from the Manhattan School

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Abba Bogin Abba Bogin, 85, a pianist and a Local 802 member since 1947, died on Aug. 25. Mr. Bogin was a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and won the Walter W. Naumburg Award and the Philadelphia Orchestra

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Greg Giannascoli Ann Marie Pocklembo Brady Watt Ian Shafer Why did I join Local 802? I was getting asked to play some jobs in NYC and the surrounding area. One of my most recent gigs was at BAM; it was

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Phil Coiro Mary Helen Rowen Jonathan Monro David Cerullo Chris Reza Josh Schmidt I am a drummer/percussionist and I just closed the national tour of “A Chorus Line.” I joined Local 802 because it’s time: I have been on tour

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Cindy Green, LCSW
Happy New Year from everyone in the MAP office! Now that the holidays are over, most of us examine the inevitable New Year’s resolutions that we make (and often break) every year. A new year is like a blank page.

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Hugga ReddaBlack Trevor Long Sarah Silverman Danny Weller R. Conrad Cornelison I am a song composer as well as an arranger of lyrics. I have been performing for at least 10 years, mostly independent work in the fields of reggae,

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Daniel L. Bowling Bill Dowling Greg Burrows Lee Demers Why did I join Local 802? I’ve lived in London for the last 18 years, but my son dreams of becoming the next Al Pacino and wanted to study acting in

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New Member Spotlight
Bob Pawlo
Jerad Lippi is one of Local 802’s newest members. He is a recent winner of the Guitar Center’s “Drum Off” contest in Philadelphia. Jerad attended the New School, and earned a B.A. and an M.A. from SUNY Purchase, where his

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January 18, 2011
TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 Meeting called to order at 11:13 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Covo, Dougherty, Hyde, Roach, Schwartz, Sharman, Assistant to the President Donovan. It was moved and

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May 31, 2011 - August 30, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 Meeting called to order at 11:10 a.m.. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Burridge, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Olcott, Schwartz and Assistant to the President Donovan. It was moved

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Danièle Doctorow Danièle Doctorow, 58, a cellist and a member of Local 802 since 1981, died on Nov. 14. Ms. Doctorow grew up in Forest Hills and received her training and degrees from Queens College and Stony Brook University, studying

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Reminiscences
Living legend. They don’t make ‘em like that any more. Last of the best. Genius. Well, yes, Ray was all that, and more. He was er, uh – Ray Rapetti. Ray died Oct. 8, 2010, leaving sadness in the lives

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October 11, 2011 - October 18, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Meeting called to order at 11:04 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Burridge, Covo, Cutler, Dougherty, Hyde, Schwartz, Sharman, Acting Assistant to the President Boyle. It was

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January 11, 2011
TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2011 Meeting called to order by Financial Vice President Blumenthal at 11:13 AM. Present: Blumenthal, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Burridge, Covo, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Olcott, Schwartz. President Gagliardi absent due to Sound Recording Labor

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January 25, 2011 - April 26, 2011
TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2011 Meeting called to order at 11:09 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Burridge, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Roach, Schwartz, Assistant to the President Donovan. It was moved and

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May 3, 2011 - May 17, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Meeting called to order at 11:10 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Covo, Dougherty, Hyde, Roach, Sharman, Assistant to the President Donovan. It was moved and seconded

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PENIEL AND NY REVELS SIGN CONTRACTS The musicians of the Peniel Concert Choir recently ratified a new three-year agreement that will expire on Sept. 13, 2013. The choir has agreed to pay Local 802 Single Engagement Scale wages in effect

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Monday, September 20, 2010 Meeting called to order 10:00 a.m. Present: Blanc, Cutler, Gorruso, Moye, Rubinstein, Shulman, Suttmann, Willis. 802 President Gagliardi present to administer oath of office to Rubinstein and Suttmann. 802 Rec. VP O’Connor present to advise on

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September 14, 2010 - October 19, 2010
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 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, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Olcott, Schwartz, Sharman, Assistant to the President Donovan. It was

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August 2011
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 31 1 Jazz Foundation Jam Session 7:00pm Club Room 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Jazz Foundation Jam Session 7:00pm Club Room 9 10 Theatre Committee 5:00pm Ex. Bd. Room 11 12

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The union offices will be closed on the following holidays: Monday, January 17 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, February 21 Presidents’ Day Monday, May 30 Memorial Day (observed) Monday, July 4 Independence Day (observed Monday, September 5 Labor

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Bill Crow
I’ve been saying goodbye to too many of my old friends lately. The latest one to go was Joe Morello, whose obit was in the last issue of Allegro. I met Joe when I joined Marian McPartland’s trio at the

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Bill Crow
Ed Berger posted on the internet a part of an interview he did with trumpeter Joe Wilder. They were talking about his travels through the South with Lucky Millinder’s band, which was integrated at the time. Joe said, “One time,

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Bill Crow
This story comes from an Internet post by John Altman: The Basie Alumni Band was on tour in Europe. Checking into a hotel in France was Oliver Jackson, flanked by Marshall Royal and Harry “Sweets” Edison. When Oliver told the

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Bill Crow
Harvey Kaiser passed along a story he got from Sonny Stitt: Sonny was once playing at a New York theater. In his stocking feet, he stepped out of the dressing room for a minute, and when he returned, he discovered

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Bill Crow
When Zoot Sims passed away in 1985, his widow, Louise, said that instead of a funeral, Zoot had asked that his friends throw a big party for him. With the help of many friends, she did, and those parties turned

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Bill Crow
A few years back in this column I wrote about the trombone case telephone that a stagehand rigged up for Merv Gold. It was in the days before cell phones. Merv had a button under his case handle that would

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Bill Crow
While I was on the road with Art Farmer in the Gerry Mulligan Quartet back in 1959, Art used to tell me about his early years in jazz. He loved Dizzy Gillespie’s playing, and tried to sound like him. But

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Bill Crow
Billy Triglia, 86, passed away on Feb. 3, closing a lovely chapter in my life. He was a jazz pianist born in the Bronx, who lived most of his life in Bergen County, New Jersey. I met him soon after

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Bill Crow
Scott Robinson got this story from Bill Mays. When Bill was with Gerry Mulligan’s group, they had a project with a symphony orchestra for which they had scheduled a rehearsal at their hotel. It was a very hot day, and

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Bill Crow
William Zinn sent me a musical story from his youth. When he was 15 years old, living with his parents in the Bronx, they were visited by Zinn’s uncle, the timpanist of the Cleveland Symphony, Harry Miller. Their three-bedroom apartment

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Bill Crow
The Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania publishes a very good jazz magazine called “The Note,” three times a year. Phil Woods had been a regular columnist there for several years, but took some time

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