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Currently Browsing: February, 2014

President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
Greetings to all. The big news this month is that the musicians of the New York City Opera Orchestra are performing with special guests in a historic one-night concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at City Center. This

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Three prominent endorsers of the union’s jazz campaign recently made an appearance at one of New York’s most lively and well-attended churches, where they spread the message about the need for solidarity around the issues faced by the jazz community.

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Performing live at the Local 802 holiday party were Mark Lopeman (sax), Dion Tucker (trombone), Jennifer Vincent (bass), Matt Munisteri (guitar), Adam Witkowski (mandolin) and John O’Connor (guitar & vocals). Local 802 wishes everyone a happy 2014 filled with joy,

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  We are very excited to announce a new company that has been launched for the purpose of booking union bands and musicians for weddings, corporate parties, bar mitzvahs and other events. The company, First Choice Musicians, will feature a

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Financial Vice President's Report
Tom Olcott
  I am constantly reminded that Local 802 represents an amazingly diverse array of performers. A list (that is way too short!) includes: Elite headliner recording musicians Commercial and TV performers Broadway musicians (including musicians who double as actors) Concert

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How the Symphony of the New World made history
Barbara Steinberg
  The reality of musicians of all backgrounds playing together on the same stage may seem ordinary today. But under the cruel mantle of racism in this country, an integrated orchestra was only a dream for many years. It was

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African-American musicians and the early musicians’ union
Jacob Goldberg
Two factors hampered black musicians from becoming professional musicians in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. First, black musicians did not have the same access to musical education and organization as white musicians. Though African Americans were admitted in

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Fellow musicians flocked to St. Peter’s Church on Jan. 4 to take part in a musical tribute to Frank Wess (1922-2013), who died last Oct. 30 at the age of 91 after being a Local 802 member since 1956. Allegro

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National Youth Orchestra challenges new musicians to hit the high notes
Lynne Bond and Bettina Covo
  “We have to go and show these people what classical music is. We say sometimes that classical music has a small audience, but it’s because people don’t have the chance to be closer to it.” – Gustavo Dudamel “I

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Todd Bryant Weeks
Photos by Jimmy Katz Artistic passion may sometimes seem like a secondary consideration today, especially when faced with a society that rarely rewards originality. But while Rufus Reid’s talents as a bassist – and composer – have continued to win

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Live music brings the magic of theatre to kids
Bettina Covo
  What happens when you combine the wonders of live music with the power of live theatre? Magic! Recently, over 3,000 public school children were treated to a special holiday gift – a look behind the curtain into the inner

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Photo Feature
The New York Pops was founded by Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America’s rich musical heritage through presentation of concerts and education programs of the highest quality. Musicians who perform

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Harvey Mars is counsel to Local 802. Legal questions from members are welcome. E-mail them to HsmLaborLaw@HarveyMarsAttorney.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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Reminiscences
Peter Zimmerman
  Yusef Lateef, 93, the saxophonist, multi-reed player and flutist, died on Dec. 23. He had been a Local 802 member since 1960. Below, jazz writer Peter Zimmerman remembers Lateef’s versatility, which was really beyond category. Last July, when I

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Reminiscences
Roger Rhodes
  Al Porcino, 89, a trumpeter and a Local 802 member since 1968, died on Dec. 31. He is survived by his wife Erna Tom, daughters Debra Ogorzaly and Gia Krietzberg, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Take 1. I first

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Herman “Trigger” Alpert Herman “Trigger” Alpert, 97, the jazz bass player, died on Dec. 21. He first joined Local 802 in 1940.Mr. Alpert played bass with the original Glenn Miller band and was one of its last surviving members. He

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I joined Local 802 after hearing great things about the union from other musicians. I was also intrigued by the benefits and services that come with being a member. I’m always trying to make my presence known in the New

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October 29, 2013 - November 26, 2013
NOTE: The Executive Board did not meet on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013 Meeting called to order at 11:16 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Brandford, Burridge, Cranshaw,

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Siena Shundi, LCSW-R
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

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Band Room
Bill Crow
The late Frank Wess, who died last Oct. 30 at the age of 91, was nicknamed “Magic” by his colleagues. He certainly worked wonders with his saxophone and flute. I first met him when I was at Birdland with the

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