In this issue we’re going to take a look at one of the most insidious forms of injustice for our musicians: age discrimination. When musicians aren’t hired because clients believe they’re “too old,” it really hurts. It’s especially painful because
When we think of Black History Month, it is impossible in this business not to think of the history of jazz and its creators and practitioners. From its origins in blues and spirituals in the southern United States and its
In 1886, Walter Craig, a black violinist residing at 103 West 29th Street, quietly joined the otherwise all-white New York musicians’ union, the Musicians’ Mutual Protective Union (MMPU). Others followed. By 1910, about 300 black musicians had joined the MMPU,
Jazz education lives! I recently hopped on a plane to Atlanta, accompanied by preeminent jazz bassist Bob Cranshaw, to attend the Jazz Education Network’s annual conference. Our mission, as mandated by the Organizing Department and the Executive Board, was to
As we celebrate Black History Month this year, we also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks, who was born on Feb. 4, 1913. On the night of Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a bus in
Members of Local 802 and the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign came together on Jan. 14 to leaflet the 2013 National Endowments for the Arts’ Jazz Masters Awards ceremony. The goal was to draw attention to an injustice being perpetuated
This January marked the second year of the contract between Local 802 and the NYC Winter Jazzfest. The festival, now in its ninth year, showcases a wide variety of jazz artists over two days in several Greenwich Village venues. The
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
There is at least one perk to getting older: free health care. But how free is it? Five years ago, I gave an overview of Medicare in these pages. (See www.bitly.com/Medicare01). But since the rollout of the Affordable Care Act
Tax time is around the corner. There are many business and job expenses musicians must pay to keep current in the profession and continue their career. Deducting these expenses can lower your tax bill or increase a refund. Usually there
Tax time is coming, but don’t be afraid. If you think that organizing your financial life is distasteful, just remind yourself that paying more in taxes than required by law is even more distasteful. The better you understand the process
One of my clients bought a very expensive instrument from a store. The store, acting as agent for a private owner, wanted her to provide an out-of-state address where they could say the instrument was shipped to when she actually
These musicians are at the top of their game. The Local 802 Senior Concert Orchestra recently presented a performance at Symphony Space, conducted by David Gilbert with violin soloist Shuai Shi. The orchestra is comprised of seasoned, experienced musicians, many
When the Big Apple Circus comes to town, music director Rob Slowik and his ensemble perform under a Local 802 union contract. It’s showtime! Photos by Walter Karling.
The cold winter night was heated up by Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly,” performed by the New York Grand Opera and conducted by Vincent La Selva at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on the Upper West Side. It was
What would Christmas be without the Grinch? The production moved from Broadway to Madison Square Garden this year and enjoyed a successful run under a union contract. Photos by Greg Landes and Cathy Venable.
I was 14 years old, and my dad was taking me to a party in New York City. We lived an hour north of the city but I went there with my parents often, as my father was a native
Most musicians in the business stay in it because they love it. Our own Howard Williams, who has worked at Local 802 since 1991, has kept his love for music alive by assembling his own jazz orchestra. Described as a
LEE ARMENTROUT Lee Armentrout, 103, an arranger, copyist and trombonist, died last Oct. 21. He had been a Local 802 member since 1938. Mr. Armentrout studied piano as a youngster, later taking up trombone in high school. In Chicago and
I joined Local 802 because I am a staff composer at a music production company called Mophonics Music & Sound, which specializes in original music for television and film. A lot of the jobs I compose music for are union.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Meeting called to order at 11:08 AM. Present: Olcott, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Brandford, Burridge, Cranshaw, Dougherty, Hyde, Schwartz, Sharman, Assistant to the President Boyle. President Gagliardi excused on union business. It was
Report of the Local 802 Trial Board meeting held on morning of Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM Trial Board members Tony Gorruso, Marilyn Reynolds, Mary Whitaker, Roger Blanc (Chair), Steve Shulman (Secretary); Plaintiffs Walter Schweikardt, Frank Basile; Plaintiff
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
Jim Young in Baltimore posted this one on the Web: For anyone who thinks Thelonious Monk was unable to play any style but his own, Leslie Gourse relates this story in her 1997 biography of Monk, “Straight No Chaser”: “Unknown