Allegro

Currently Browsing: February, 2011

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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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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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 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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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