Currently Browsing: July, 2012
NOTICE OF LOCAL 802 ELECTIONS
Local 802’s election of officers and delegates will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, for a term of office beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The offices open for election are: president, financial vice president, recording vice president, nine Executive Board
Together, we can make a difference
As I write these words, union-busting Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has just won his recall election. How much does this matter to Local 802 members? I would say “plenty!” – but there is a narrow piece I’d like to focus
Political strategy is key to making an impact
On June 13th, K.C. Boyle, the political director of Local 802, gave a presentation at a membership meeting outlining a political strategy for our union, focusing heavily on giving donations to local elected officials who have a strong track record
‘Five myths about the union’s jazz campaign’
PLAYING FOR JUSTICE: Musicians and union supporters marched on the major jazz clubs on May 1 as part of t he union’s Justice for Jazz Artists campaign. As the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign continues apace with the effort
Photo: Al Aumuller Woody Guthrie’s spirit lives on. The singer/songwriter and labor activist who wrote thousands of songs during his lifetime would have turned 100 on July 14. Woody Guthrie sang on picket lines and union rallies, and probably did
‘Every songwriter owes a debt to Woody’
It was not my ambition to become a musician. It was my mother’s, who majored in music and piano at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh. When I was in 7th grade I was handed a trumpet and enrolled in school band
The Musicians’ Voice
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
A tribute to Virgil Jones
Virgil Jones (1939-2012), a Local 802 member since 1962. He is survived by his wife Carol Orito Jones, son Justin, stepson Joseph, brother George, sisters Marcia and Connie, stepfather George, and many neices and nephews. Sweet Basil’s jazz club. December
Oh, say can you hear?
Taking a closer look at "The Star-Spangled Banner"
Jimi Hendrix famously performed a riveting arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock on Aug. 18, 1969. His performance of the anthem is shrouded in myth: for example, Hendrix performed the song not once, as many think, but over sixty
Glenn Dicterow to step down as NY Philharmonic concertmaster
Glenn Dicterow, the New York Philharmonic’s concertmaster since 1980, has announced that he will step down from his position at the end of the 2013-14 season. His 34-year tenure makes him the longest-serving New York Philharmonic concertmaster. Beginning in the
Announcing an iPod drive on Broadway to bring the power of music to Alzheimer’s patients My story is not unique. It is a story shared by sons and daughters, husbands and wives, past and present. After I lost my grandmother
Teaching artists make gains
Teaching Artists recently ratified a new two-year contract at Midori & Friends, the music education organization. Minimums will increase to $53 per class at the end of the contract. Teachers won a 3 percent raise in the first year and
Chelsea Symphony musicians win contract for Avery Fisher Hall job
Thanks to some vigilant and proactive musicians, Local 802 received a number of anonymous calls in early May regarding an engagement that was to take place later that month in Avery Fisher Hall. The Chelsea Symphony had been hired to
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
Looking for housing?
How does $635 a month in rent sound to you? Are you a single musician looking for housing? We have some news! There’s a terrific affordable housing opportunity for single adults who work in performing arts and entertainment. Studio apartments
Fun in the sun? Play it cool and be careful!
Musicians' Assistance Program
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, housing, food stamps
‘Why we joined the union’
Florian Hoefner Michael “Safe” Baker Michael Wittenburg Amy Crawford Hazy Malcolmson Alfred Thompson Jr. I joined Local 802 to be able to accept union gigs. My musical goal in New York City is to make an impact as a performer
Executive Board Minutes
April 10, 2012 - May 8, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Meeting called to order at 11:03 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Brandford, Burridge, Cutler, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Schwartz, Sharman. Minutes from the April 3 Executive Board meeting were distributed. Executive
Calendar of Events
JAZZ JAM There is a jazz jam on most Mondays at Local 802, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Upcoming dates include July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, Aug. 6, Aug. 13, Aug. 20 and Aug. 27.
Bill Crow’s Band Room
The recent passing of Hugo Fiorato, former conductor of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, reminded Jay Blumenthal of the following story. One of the things Hugo found particularly irksome was when orchestra musicians continuously looked down at their music,