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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
Summer is here and there’s a lot to report this month. First of all, our article in the May issue about the American Symphony Orchestra and Bard College went viral, attracting the most views of any article we’ve published in

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
It has been a busy time at Local 802 and as always, there is plenty to report. First of all, I’d like to give you an update on the Local 802 elections. This year, there were no opposing candidates in

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
It’s always great to start with some positive news. The Paul Taylor Dance Company – now called Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance – is once again performing with live music. The newly-renamed company just finished its inaugural season, featuring the

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
May is Labor History Month, so it’s appropriate that I begin by talking about Local 802’s involvement in the rally for a $15 minimum wage that took place on April 15. This movement started in New York City in 2012

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
Has the digital age been good to musicians? That bombshell question was recently asked by the New York Times in its cover magazine story, “The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t,” written by Steven Johnson. The article received a lot of blowback

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
One of the AFM’s many important contracts is the Theatrical Motion Picture and Television Film agreement, which covers musicians who score and sideline for movie and television. The latest and last negotiation session for the successor agreement took place in

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
Let’s start out this month with three pieces of good news. First, an appreciation for Bob Dylan, who has been a member of Local 802 since 1961. Mr. Dylan was recently honored by the Grammy found­ation MusiCares as its person

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Tino Gagliardi
As we say hello to a new year, it’s time to reflect on our challenges and successes from 2014. I would be remiss if I didn’t start by mentioning Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner of Staten Island.

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Erwin Price on April 10 at the age of 92. Erwin had been a member of the union since 1946. He was Local 802’s recording vice president from

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
As 2015 draws to a close, I want to start by acknowledging the service of our outgoing Recording Vice President John O’Connor. John started his music career as a folksinger, songwriter and recording artist, a phase of his career that

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Financial Vice President's Report
Tom Olcott
The word “gig” – once confined to musicians – is now mainstream. Pundits everywhere now talk about the so-called “gig economy.” Proponents call it the wave of the future and a transformative moment in the structure of employment. Whether it’s

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PLEASE SAVE THE DATE A Tribute and Celebration of Mary Whitaker (1952-2014) Sunday, May 3rd at 8 p.m. Cathedral of St. John the Divine (West 112 Street at Amsterdam) Details to follow in upcoming issues of Allegro and our e-newsletter

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Recording Vice President's Report
John O'Connor
During a meeting to discuss contract proposals with Jazz at Lincoln Center, one of the musicians turned to me and asked me a big-picture question: “Where do you see us in 10 years?” I usually don’t hear questions like this.

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Organizing Matters
Maggie Russell-Brown
Maggie Russell-Brown is the director of organizing and field services. If you’re playing a job where you feel disrespected or know that you aren’t being paid fairly, contact Maggie at (212) 245-4802, ext. 157 or Mrussell@Local802afm.org. You can also call

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Arun Luthra
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music’s part-time faculty are set to begin their next contract negotiations. We are coming to the negotiating table on the heels of the New School’s very contentious and protracted negotiations with its other

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Fran McIntyre
Leslie Wilkins, who passed away on Oct. 16 at the age of 63, was a mainstay of the Local 802 Gospel Committee. Her insight and kindness helped soothe the weary musician’s soul. Even when she was buried in paperwork, she

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At this time in history, it’s more important than ever to march together as union members. The New York Central Labor Council announces its annual labor rally on Saturday, September 12. Local 802 members will begin marching promptly at 10

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Local 802’s election of officers and delegates will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, for a term of office beginning Jan. 1, 2016 The offices open for election are: president, financial vice president, recording vice president, nine Executive Board

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Controller's Report
Cathy Camiolo
For the six-month period ended June 30, 2015, Local 802 realized a gain of $42,945. The audited financial statements for the six-month period appear in the printed issue of Allegro starting on page 37. The Statement of Activities reflects little

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May 1 is the deadline to apply for this year’s Anne Walker Scholarships. This is the 17th year that members of Local 802 and their children who are pursuing studies in music will have the opportunity to apply for these

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Financial Vice President's Report
Tom Olcott
Every year, the Local 802 officers and the controller meet several times to create our budget. We always consider many factors. The most important are: 1) our best assessment of the state of the business and projected dues revenues; 2)

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How a New York Times magazine story did a disservice to creative artists
Kevin Erickson
Near the end of the summer, the New York Times Magazine published an article called “The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t,” by Steven Johnson. The article was disappointing to working artists in many different ways and we are grateful for the

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Recording Vice President's Report
John O'Connor
The state doesn’t seem to care that musicians are being misclassified as independent contractors. We’re going to change that… Local 802 has consistently championed the cause of fighting misclassification of musicians as independent contractors. But even though there is strong

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Tino Gagliardi
As a member of the board of trustees of the AFM pension fund, I received the following communication authored by members of the union-side trustees. I am aware that there are some concerns and questions regarding the recently passed legislation

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Photo Feature
Over 700 people came out to remember Mary Whitaker, whose life was taken last Aug. 20 at the age of 61. She had been a Local 802 member since 1976. The tribute program and concert was held at the Cathedral

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What happens when a neighbor complains about two pianists and their practice routine...
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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Financial Vice President's Report
tolcott@local802afm.org
What I learned from my “field trips” in 2015 and how it will help make us a more powerful union Several times each year, union leaders at Local 802 are given opportunities to travel beyond our walls in order to

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Photos: Walter Karling I joined ABT in the late 70s. It was not the coveted job that it is now. Orchestra members worked very hard to improve working conditions and salaries over the years, but that’s the kind of progress

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There were no contested races this year, so the Local 802 elections slated for Dec. 1, 2015 have been called off and each duly nominated candidate has been deemed elected. On Sept. 25, 2012, the Local 802 Executive Board voted

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Lew Soloff, 71, a member of Local 802 since 1959, died on March 8. A consummate fixture on the New York jazz scene, Mr. Soloff’s career was filled with a rich history of renowned sessions and world-class collaborations. Whether interpreting

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Controller's Report
Cathy Camiolo
For the 12-month period ended December 31, 2014, Local 802 realized a gain of $408,073. The audited financial statements for this period appear in the printed issue. The Statement of Activities reflects an increase in total revenue of $438,019. There

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Young musicians get a contract and learn about the union
Rebecca Blum
These student musicians (pictures below) have learned the power of the union, thanks to Local 802 and the Public Theatre. The Public’s new initiative called Public Works aims to get the people of New York City creatively invested in theatre

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Financial Vice President's Report
Tom Olcott
How Local 802 spreads the message of union benefits to younger musicians – and how you can do it, too! The labor movement’s persistent message to its members – and to a wider national audience, to those who might listen

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
WARNING: Musicians who work under Local 802 contracts should not get paid as “corporations” There is an alarming trend among musicians. Many have decided to form corporations and work under the guise of corporate entities rather than as individuals. This

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Recording Vice President's Report
John O'Connor
With momentum from City Council and with new supporters, our jazz campaign is doubling down in 2015 The Justice for Jazz Artists campaign has gained many supporters over the years. Some of the most respected names in jazz have endorsed

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Financial Vice President's Report
Tom Olcott
What happens when a “training orchestra” undercuts professional work When Leopold Stokowski founded the American Symphony Orchestra in 1962, his vision was that a new American orchestra could infuse the orchestral world with vitality, edginess and interesting new music, all

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Recording Vice President's Report
John O'Connor
It’s no news that being a full-time musician is getting harder and harder. There are lots of different reasons for this, including the rapidly changing landscape of musical culture. I quit doing music full-time in 1996 as the market was

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The 2016-2017 Local 802 directory will be compiled at the end of this year. Thousands of musicians receive a copy of this book and use it as a vital resource. Here’s how to check to make sure your information will

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Unions roll up their sleeves to fight for climate justice
John O'Connor
When Local 802 musicians led the labor contingent of the People’s Climate March last September, they were part of an event that sparked an already growing mass movement to pressure the leaders of this country and the rest of the

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Recently, we workers at Avatar Studios successfully completed an organizing campaign to gain union representation with Local 802. Months of deliberations on our part and meetings with members of the union’s Organizing Department (including Maggie Russell-Brown, Shane Gasteyer, Sarah Koshar

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Clark Terry, 94, a Local 802 member since 1954, died on Feb. 21. His career in jazz spanned more than 70 years. Mr. Terry was a world-class trumpeter, flugelhornist, educator, composer, writer, trumpet/flugelhorn designer, teacher and NEA Jazz Master. He

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Organizing Matters
Maggie Russell-Brown
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon

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The new 2016-2017 membership directory is coming next year
The 2016-2017 Local 802 directory will be compiled at the end of this year. Thousands of musicians receive a copy of this book and use it as a vital resource. Here’s how to check to make sure your information will

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Legal Corner
Harvey S. Mars, Esq.
For those of my readers in their 40s or older, try for a moment to imagine how your life was before the advent of e-mail. Hard to do, isn’t it? (For my younger readers, this must seem impossible!) Before e-mail,

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Recording Vice-President's Report
John O'Connor
Every month, Allegro prints a column called “Why We Joined the Union” where members who have recently joined Local 802 say something about what brought them to do so. A typical answer will have to do with an engagement a

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Musicians of the NYCO perform in Japan
Mark Shuman
“Do you believe in miracles?” was the phrase used when the U.S. hockey team won its most improbable victory during the 1980 winter Olympics. That members of the New York City Opera Orchestra recently completed a week-long tour in Japan

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Recording Vice President's Report
John O'Connor
Just one challenge: the musicians aren’t members of Local 802, and the scene isn’t covered by the union…yet! When I worked as the jazz rep for Local 802 in the late 90s, I also helped with club date and hotel

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Recording Vice President's Report
John O'Connor
In the late 19th century, musicians in New York formed the Musical Mutual Protective Union to attempt to create fair prices for musical services. As the union grew, the strength to enforce prices grew with it. Of course, it was

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Dave Roth
It’s time for the annual iPod drive on Broadway to bring the power of music to Alzheimer’s patients Everything has gotten too complicated these days!” That is the familiar refrain of my father. You see, he is now in his

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The 2016-2017 Local 802 directory will be compiled at the end of this year. Thousands of musicians receive a copy of this book and use it as a vital resource. Here’s how to check to make sure your information will

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Member Spotlight
Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history,” Grammy-winning saxophone giant Joe Lovano has distinguished himself for some three decades. Lovano was born in Cleveland in 1952 and began playing alto saxophone as

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Notes on the endurance of the American labor song movement
John O'Connor
If you look up “Solidarity Forever” on Wikipedia, you will learn that the famous labor song – perhaps the most famous of labor songs anywhere in the world other than “The Internationale” – was written a hundred years ago by

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Peter Schickele is P.D.Q. Bach - and it all adds up
Composer, musician, author, satirist – Peter Schickele is internationally recognized as one of the most versatile artists in the field of music. A member of Local 802 since 1964, his commissions are numerous and varied, ranging from works for the

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Harvey S. Mars, Esq.
On March 2010, the AFM and Employers’ Pension Fund revealed that it was implementing a rehabilitation plan, freezing both employer contribution levels and the multiplier it uses to calculate the amount of pension to which an eligible participant is entitled.

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Walter Gowens, EA and Phyllis Jo Kubey, EA
This article contains general information only and is not intended to address the circumstances of any specific individual. The information contained herein is accurate as of the date of publication, but there is no guarantee that such information will be

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Ric Becker
Thank you for the article in the December issue about subway musicians and the law. I think this is a really important issue, but I also think you left a few things out – namely, the vague discrepancy between those

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The nation’s top jazz honor is awarded each year by the National Endowment for the Arts. Out of this year’s four winners, two are longstanding members of Local 802, and we are pleased to publish exerpts from their NEA profiles

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The Pope played it union! Local 802 musicians performed two services for Pope Francis during his recent trip to the U.S., including an evening prayer service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (pictured below) and the mass at Madison Square Garden. Musicians

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Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal
Andy Schwartz
Two decades of sharing life, love and music. Here’s how they make it all work… Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal are a formidable creative couple. Rosanne’s 21 top-40 country singles – with 11 number-ones – have proved her to be

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Clarinetist John Moses, a member of Local 802 since 1966, is at the top of his game. He’s performed with virtually every major ensemble in the area and is currently the first clarinetist with the American Composers Orchestra, the New

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The many sides of harpist Laura Sherman
Harpist Laura Sherman, a member of Local 802 since 1988, enjoys a diverse and well-traveled career. Currently the harpist for “Wicked” on Broadway, she is also the founder of Gotham Harp Publishing, a harp music publishing company specializing in historically-informed

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
The Supreme Court has taken up a case with implications for songwriters – and anyone who posts on Facebook! “Da da make a nice bed for mommy at the bottom of the lake…tie a rope around this rock…there goes mama

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A conversation with Met concertmaster David Chan
Violinist David Chan, a member of Local 802 since 1999, is the concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and an active soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Mr. Chan first gained international recognition when, at the age of 17, he won

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A recent case gives computer users more protection
Harvey Mars, Esq.
As I have remarked many times, the Internet has bred a whole host of legal conundrums that courts are only now catching up to. One of the more prominent problems arises when a person’s personal computer is hacked or unlawfully

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Photo Spread
Musicians in the North/South Consonance Ensemble rehearsing before a recent concert at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church on West 69th. Funding for the concert came in part from the Music Performance Trust Fund, and musicians enjoyed wages and benefits of

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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 AFM & SAG-AFTRA FUND by Dennis Dreith Knowledge is power. And knowledge can also put money in your pocket! In late fall, I met with a number of prominent studio musicians and Local 802 members to give a detailed

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Younger musicians share insights
Bud Burridge
Networking has a negative connotation to some, but it’s just reality that the impression we make on others often influences future job opportunities. When I moved to New York City in the 1980s, most of us worked to break into

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WHAT: Live music performance of the 48th Street Big Band, directed by Roger Rhodes and Glen Daum, featuring arrangements from the Al Porcino collection WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Local 802 WHY: Fundraiser for

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The composer, producer, guitarist and 5x Grammy award winner talks about his roots, the music business, and working with singer/songwriters - including wife and musical partner Rosanne Cash!
Andy Schwartz
(Click to read our cover story joint interview with John Leventhal and Rosanne Cash.) Local 802 member John Leventhal is a guitarist, arranger, and Grammy-Award winning producer and songwriter. He is married to Rosanne Cash and co-wrote and produced her

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Live musical theatre sounded great at the Broadway League’s annual revue called “Stars in the Alley,” which took place in the heart of the theatre district. The free outdoor concert included excerpts from over 20 shows. Local 802 members performed

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Recent decisions by the NLRB have left some cracks open for Local 802 to make some big gains for musicians
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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Broadway Green Alliance helps make theatre more sustainable
Rebekah Sale
GO GREEN: “Sustainability is important to me, not just as a musician, but as a human being. We have a responsibility to look after our planet. Ideas for musicians: read music from digital devices instead of printing music on paper.

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In a big decision, the FCC opens the door to net neutrality
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Imagine going to a car dealership and being given the following choice. For a nominal fee you can purchase a car that has a maximum speed of only 30 miles an hour. However, a car with a top speed of

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Conference emphasizes how music supports community
Bruce Ridge
At the 2015 ICSOM Conference in Philadelphia, in an effort to use our presence in the city as a symbol of community service, we provided music and assistance at a soup kitchen in collaboration with Broad Street Ministry. On its

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Member Spotlight
Katherine Fink, a member of Local 802 since 1980, has a diverse career as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. As a member of the Grammy-nominated Borealis Wind Quintet, Fink tours the country giving concerts, masterclasses and lectures. She is

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Siena Shundi, LCSW-R
Musicians pick up valuable skills and tips at our seminar This spring, the Musicians’ Assistance Program partnered with the Actors Fund Work Program to sponsor a free networking seminar series for professional musicians called “Managing Your Music Career.” The response

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They’re back! The Senior Concert Orchestra returned to Carnegie Hall this year, where it performed to a full house. Musical director David Gilbert conducted the ensemble, which is composed of the most experienced professionals in New York City, many of

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Andy Schwartz
Rosanne cash and John Leventhal’s new album “The River & The Thread” was recorded under a union contract, of course (see “Traveling Partners” interview). But that’s just one example of how they stand up for fellow musicians. Guitarist and Local

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Using creativity and live music to inspire others
Daniel Linden
“Where are you from?”, I ask one of the seven or so teens in the small, echoey box of a room. “Far ROCK.” “How about you?” I ask another. “Far ROCK.” I have never been to Far Rockaway, a neighborhood

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(*Or, how do you get to Broadway?)
Bettina Covo
The answer to the old joke “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” is a great truism. This summer, Local 802 hosted another season of Inside Broadway’s Summer Stock Jr. program, where 14 lucky students enjoyed a full two-week camp

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The Paul Taylor Dance Company – now called Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance – is once again performing with live music. The newly-renamed company just finished its inaugural season, featuring the Orchestra of St. Luke’s performing under a Local 802

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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
Local 802 member David Eaton, conductor of the New York City Symphony (above), performed at the United Nations this summer under a union contract as part of the U.N.’s 70th anniversary under the theme of “The Transformative Power of Music.”

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Jacob Goldberg
In the 1920’s, a sort of pluralism sprang up within Local 802. Unlike other smaller AFM locals, Local 802 exhibited a great degree of tolerance to internal division. Within Local 802, a baffling array of ethnic interests and groups coexisted

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Janet Grice
Reaching the next generation of musicians means finding the music that students love and working with it. The following article is part of Allegro’s series on the art of teaching music. Click here for previous articles in our series. If

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The Stamford Symphony Orchestra prepares for a recent concert of Tchaikovsky and Sibelius during a Manhattan rehearsal at the DiMenna Center on West 37th Street. Eckart Preu has been music director of the symphony since 2005. Musicians enjoy wages and

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Photo Feature
Photographer Kate Glicksberg was granted access to a recent cast album recording session of the Broadway show “The Visit,” currently playing at the Lyceum Theatre. The show has garnered five Tony nominations, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. This

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Vocal clinic on scat singing offers a new look at an old art form
Bettina Covo
Life is a lot like jazz…it’s best when you improvise,” said George Gershwin. And when vocalists improvise, something powerful and primal happens. In late October, Music for a Sound Future and the Council for Living Music presented its second free

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Live from New York – and under a union contract – it’s 40 years of Saturday Night Live! We recently asked band members to reminisce about the show. Here’s what they told us… LENNY PICKETT (leader) “What I like best

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Harvey Mars, Esq.
The Supreme Court rules that even the creepiest Facebook posts aren’t criminal unless the writer intended a true threat. This ruling protects perverts…but it also protects songwriters, artists and anyone using avant-garde imagery in their writing… Anthony Douglas Elonis is

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I transferred my union membership from AFM Local 47 in Los Angeles after years of session work out there. I joined Local 802 to maintain that consistency of networking and union jobs now that I’m in New York. I have

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Stroke survivors and their caregivers share the joy of music
Joanne Loewy, DA, LCAT, MT-BC
What is it about singing that enhances speech and our willingness to communicate? The research team at Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine is eager to learn about the impact of singing on health and

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Photo Spread
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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Photo Feature
Local 802 musicians, officers, staff and supporters marched in the annual labor parade sponsored by the Central Labor Council. This year’s band included Abdulrahman Amer, Kevin Blancq, Scott Bourgeois, Rick Faulkner, Dave Hofstra, Barbara Merjan, Stefan Schatz, Jeff Schiller, Carol

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Jacob Goldberg
The bandleader and composer James Reese Europe spent his first years in New York playing cabaret piano and mandolin in black shows. But by 1910, this work had begun to dry up. Undeterred, Europe organized a group called the Clef

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Photo Spread
On most Monday nights, you can hear the sounds of great jazz coming from Local 802 thanks to the jam session sponsored by the Jazz Foundation of America. And now, the sounds are even sweeter: the Jazz Foundation recently renewed

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Adam Ben-David
This is a story of how fiction met reality. I have spent my entire adult life – starting when I was 22 – working in the theatres of Broadway as a rehearsal pianist, keyboard player, conductor and music director. I

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Jack Schatz
We lost one of the great musicians of New York City on April 10. Trombonist Erwin Price was 92 and had been a member of Local 802 since 1946. Words cannot describe the magnitude of his career, which spanned over

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Andy Bloch's musical journeys
Andy Bloch, a member of the AFM since 1980, is a founding partner of Human, one of the most highly regarded and successful music and sound design production companies in advertising…and a longtime supporter of AFM and the cause of

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A decade after Katrina, how is the live music scene in New Orleans?
Nanette Ledet
As a New Orleans musician, when I think back on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina ten years later, I can vividly recall the bewildering sensation of sailing without a compass, living from day to day, as I was relocated nine

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The following three bylaw amendments will be presented at the Oct. 14 membership meeting. Words that are struck through indicate deleted language. Words that are underlined indicate added or new language. 1) ARTICLE VI: ELECTIONS. Section 1. Beginning with the

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Elliot Magaziner
I enjoyed the Allegro article from earlier this summer covering the 75th anniversary of the American Ballet Theatre. It reminded me of the very first year of the company’s existence. Leading into that year was a big musical and social

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Member to Member
Andy Schwartz
As professional musicians, by the time we reach late middle age, we are likely to be experiencing the aches and pains of repetitive physical stress, changes in our vision and other age-related ailments. We devote more time to visiting doctors

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Music is a powerful connector that can have a positive impact on the mental and physical well-being of older adults. That’s why the Music Performance Trust Fund, the National Council on Aging and the Film Fund are teaming up to

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Violinist Lucy Morganstern helps people grieve their dying pets
Patch Schwadron
A native New Yorker, violinist Lucy Morganstern grew up in a musical household. Her mother, a pianist, graduated from Juilliard at 18; her older brother and sister studied cello and violin. “My musical training was not typical,” Lucy relates. After

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Howard Johnson's musical trailblazing
Howard Johnson, a member of Local 802 since 1963, is one of the finest jazz tubists in the world, but if that’s not enough, he also plays baritone sax, flugelhorn, bass clarinet, cornet and pennywhistle, among other instruments. Howard was

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Roberta Reardon on the strengths and challenges of the labor movement and how we can all move forward together Roberta Reardon is the founding co-president of SAG-AFTRA, starting with its overwhelmingly successful merger vote on March 30, 2012, until she

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Todd Bryant Weeks
Carol Sudhalter smiles and sips herbal tea. At 71, the multi-reed player is in top form. An endorser of the union’s Justice for Jazz Artists campaign and a Downbeat poll winner, Sudhalter has just returned from her annual sojourn to

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In his last weeks, Erwin Price took the time to write the following reminiscences, which he hoped would be published in Allegro. I was born to Russian immigrant parents in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston on July 4, 1922, and

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Radio City Music Hall is alive with the sound of Local 802 musicians performing the annual Christmas Spectacular show with the Rockettes. Musicians play up to six shows a day for nine weeks in this intense holiday gig. Allegro photographer

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After 33 years of entertaining audiences on late-night TV, David Letterman retired this spring. We recently asked band members in the CBS Orchestra – who were covered under a union contract – to reminiscence about the show. Here’s what they

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To join Local 802, call our Membership Department at (212) 245-4802 or visit www.afm.org/join As a bandleader, professional flutist and native New Yorker, I rejoined Local 802 because the union provides a venue for networking with booking agents and musicians

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June 23, 2015 - August 4, 2015
NOTE: The Executive Board did not meet on June 30, July 14 or July 21. TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015 Meeting called to order at 11:10 a.m.. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members

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Dr. Ellen Finkelstein, Au.D.
It is extremely important for every person to have a complete hearing evaluation to establish baseline hearing levels, at the very least. While this is important for everyone, it is most important for musicians who are extremely reliant on this

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RICK CHAMBERLAIN Rick Chamberlain, 63, a trombonist and a Local 802 member since 1976, died on March 27. Mr. Chamberlain had played with the New York City Ballet since 1976 as a regular sub and since 1998 as principal trombone.

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The following four bylaw amendments will be presented at the Oct. 14 membership meeting. Words that are struck through indicate deleted language. Words that are underlined indicate added or new language. 1) ARTICLE VI: ELECTIONS. Section 1. Beginning with the

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Photo Spread
“The Grinch” was back again for the holidays in 2014. This year, all 15 musicians were covered under the full Broadway contract. The show ran for two weeks at the Chicago Theatre before playing four extremely successful weeks at Madison

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RONNIE BEDFORD Ronnie Bedford, 83, a drummer and a member of Local 802 since 1955, died on Dec. 20. Mr. Bedford’s first break was in 1949, when he went on the road with Louis Prima’s band. After playing drums in

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Last month in these pages, we celebrated Beethoven’s birthday. Now let’s give a cheer to Mozart, whose 258th birthday is on Jan. 27. We’re pleased to feature an excerpt from Paul Johnson’s new biography of the great master. Centuries after

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Music teachers fight back when employer tries to take away rights Almost all of us have heard the term “at will employment.” Your employer can fire you for any reason – or no reason at all – and the courts

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Musicians now have a say when they negotiate contracts for clinics in NY public schools
Miguel Santana
It was a cold day in January two years ago when I received a call from Local 802 member Ayodele Maakheru. He was in the midst of re-negotiating a contract with an arts organization to work as a music teaching

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But here's why musicians don't need to worry...
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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ANTHONY AGRESTA Anthony J. Agresta, 91, a trombonist and a Local 802 member for 65 years, died on May 29. A native of Hazleton, Pennsylavnia, Mr. Agresta was one of 11 children of Italian immigrants, the late Rafael Agresta and

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David Carter Jr. David Johnson Carter Jr., 84, a pianist and a member of Local 802 for 64 years, died on Sept. 27. Mr. Carter began playing the piano at age five. He attended the High School of Performing Arts

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Each year, as the tax season approaches, Allegro publishes these updated tax tips for musicians provided by Local 802’s accounting firm, Gould, Kobrick & Schlapp P.C. OVERVIEW AND HIGHLIGHTS The following outline focuses on aspects of the tax law that

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Jimmy Owens
Given the fact that we all have friends who die, it is easy to be affected by the syndrome called Annually Growing Elderly (“AGE,” for short). In the last few years, I have been hit very hard with many of

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RAUL AZPIAZU Raul Azpiazu, 90, a member of Local 802 since 1949, died on Aug. 27. He was a singer, conga player and saxophonist. Mr. Azpiazu was born and raised in Havana. He was the son of famous Cuban musician

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I joined Local 802 as part of the company of a Broadway-bound show called “The Last Goodbye” (directed by Alex Timbers), which combines “Romeo and Juliet” with Jeff Buckley tunes. I’m the guitarist and frontman of the onstage band. I’m

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Reminiscences
David Amram
When Jimmy Owens called me with the sad news that Wilmer Wise had passed away on Jan. 30 and suggested I write some reminiscences of Wilmer, I began making notes of all the memorable times I spent with him over

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They’re back! The Senior Concert Orchestra returned to Carnegie Hall this year, where it performed to a full house. Musical director David Gilbert conducted the ensemble, which is composed of the most experienced professionals in New York City, many of

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Broadway music director gives an inside story in new book
Joseph Church
As well as being a great honor, it is especially fitting to introduce my new book, “Music Direction for the Stage: A View from the Podium,” here in Allegro, as my involvement with the musicians’ union was one of my

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The Supreme Court's recent decision in not a victory for free speech...it's a victory for bullies
Jennifer Hoult
I agree with fellow attorney Harvey Mars’ message that it is important that the law distinguish between art and criminal speech. However, as a professional musician, attorney, former NYC prosecutor and licensed rape crisis/trauma counselor with decades of experience handling

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March 31, 2015 - April 7, 2015
TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015 Meeting called to order at 11:02 a.m. by Financial Vice President Olcott. Present: Olcott, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Brandford, Cranshaw, Cutler, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Schwartz, Sharman. President Gagliardi absent on union business. Minutes

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DAVE RATAJCZAK Dave and I met at the Eastman School of Music back in the ‘70’s. We became close almost immediately as we had so much in common – we were the same age, we were both upstate boys from

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Emile Charlap, 96, a member of Local 802 since 1940, died on March 22. He was a contractor for 50 years and was also a trumpeter, copyist and arranger. Mr. Charlap had been Dizzy Gillespie’s copyist and close friend. He

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Reminiscences
Avron Coleman
As we grow older, retire and change our whole pattern of life – and as friends, colleagues and relatives pass on – we realize how difficult it is to accept the inevitable “empty chair.” Our dear friend and cellist Seymour

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December 2, 2014 - January 6, 2015
Note: the Executive Board did not meet on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2014 Meeting called to order at 11:05 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Brandford, Cutler, Dougherty, Hyde, Schwartz, Sharman, Assistant

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Reminiscences
Barbara Steinberg
There are moments in your life that change you forever, but you don’t know it at the time. When you look back, they are like fence poles in the soil connected by horizontal boards, which form the line of your

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Jo Simons
A tribute to Edward Simons, who – along with his wife Janet – made music flourish in Rockland County My father, Edward Simons, a member of Local 802 since 1946, is turning 98 on February 1. It is very possible

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The Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund (FMSMF) works to serve the film, television and music communities and meet the needs of film musicians whose talents fuel the industry. To this end, the FMSMF is pleased to provide ongoing updates to

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“The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” a musical that played earlier this year at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, New Jersey, recently recorded its cast album under a union contract. The producers had originally planned to outsource the recording session

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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, food stamps and

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KEITH COPELAND Keith Copeland, 68, a drummer and a member of Local 802 since 1963, died on Feb. 14. Mr. Copeland grew up listening to his father Ray, who played trumpet with Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton and others.

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February 24, 2015
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2015 Meeting called to order at 11:11 a.m. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Brandford, Burridge, Cranshaw, Cutler, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Schwartz, Sharman, Assistant to the President Bond. Minutes

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Reminiscences
Mickey Burke
Two names appeared recently in Allegro’s obituaries that brought back distant memories. The first one was Sam Ulano, a hardworking drummer, teacher, author, and entertainer. He was the teacher of many young drummers in the 1960s. He wrote a couple

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Siena Shundi, LCSW-R
Collaboration is the bread and butter of being a musician. It’s nearly impossible – and not advisable – to work alone, most of the time. Many collaborations become a significant source of creativity and growth. So who do you partner

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I joined Local 802 when I served as associate conductor in the national tour of “Elf.” I’ve played on several national tours lately, playing keys, conducting, music directing, or all of the above. I recently earned my master’s degree at

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January 13, 2015 - February 3, 2015
Note: the Executive Board did not meet on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015 Meeting called to order at 11:06 a.m. by Financial Vice President Olcott. Present: Olcott, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Brandford, Burridge, Cranshaw,

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From Madison Square Garden to the Blue Note to Lower East Side bars to bathrooms in private houses (yes, I’ve literally played two gigs in bathrooms!), and from musicals to jazz to rock to R&B to reggae, I enjoy playing

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Jay Shulman
Cellist, composer and and arranger Alan Shulman had a life steeped in the musical history of New York City. A charter member of Arturo Toscanini’s NBC Symphony, he was also a founder of the Symphony of the Air, Stuyvesant String

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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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Bettina Covo
After a tireless year and a half of courting one of the most coveted shows on Broadway, Nick Sala, associate producer of Inside Broadway, was able to secure “Wicked” for one of this year’s Creating the Magic events. This popular

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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, food stamps and

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The Band Room
Bill Crow
Phil Woods spent his last years suffering with emphysema, but he still managed to play the saxophone with his customary brilliance. When it finally got too tough for him, he ended his career with style. He played one last concert,

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I joined Local 802 when I became the substitute music director for the Off Broadway production of “The Fantasticks.” I am here in NYC to be a musical theatre writer; I graduated from NYU’s graduate program in musical theatre writing,

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Musician's Assistance Program
Siena Shundi, LCSW-R
Anger is one of the hardest emotions to get right. Many of us are either too angry or too afraid to express our anger. Is there a “perfect” amount of anger that we should strive for – not too much

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Reminiscences
Charles McCarty, 95, a trumpeter and a member of Local 802 for over 60 years, died on Aug. 28. Charlie grew up listening to his father sing the show tunes and pop songs of the day. Charlie sang them too.

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The Band Room
Bill Crow
On Facebook, Roberta Gambarini posted a very nice tribute to the late James Moody. It reminded me of an encounter I once had with him. One winter night I was walking up 54th Street nursing a cold. As I walked

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October 28, 2014 - November 25, 2014
NOTE: The E-Board did not meet on Nov. 4 (due to Election Day) or Nov. 11 (due to Veterans’ Day). The Board met on Friday, Nov. 7 instead. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014 Meeting called to order at 11:08 a.m. Present:

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Photo Feature
Musicians take to the streets for labor rights and justice for jazz artists at the May Day parade. Photos by Walter Karling.

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If it’s a movie score, it can be union! Local 802 has had success in reaching out to movie producers and letting them know about the tax advantages of recording and doing post production here. Several big films have recently

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The following four bylaw amendments will be presented at the Oct. 14 membership meeting. Words that are struck through indicate deleted language. Words that are underlined indicate added or new language. 1) ARTICLE VI: ELECTIONS. Section 1. Beginning with the

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The Band Room
Bill Crow
I drove out to Glen Cove, Long Island, to say goodbye to my old friend Marty Napoleon, who passed away on April 27 (see obituary). His body was there in the casket, but his spirit was on the other side

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2015 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. Present: President Gagliardi, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Brandford, Cranshaw, Cutler, Dougherty, Kruvand, Schwartz, Sharman. Financial Vice President Olcott and Executive Board member Hyde absent on union

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The Band Room
Bill Crow
Brad Terry sent me a story about his friend Eddie Thompson, the blind British pianist. Eddie was doing a tour through the Midwest, traveling from town to town on small commercial planes. At one layover for fuel, most of the

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I joined Local 802 when I started performing in NYC. I am the associate conductor of “On The Town” on Broadway, which ranks as my favorite gig of all time. Playing and conducting for that incredible production is an unbelievable

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Hannah Wineburgh
Do you ever feel like you have difficulty maintaining your relationships and friendships? Or are you dissatisfied with those you do have? Or perhaps you feel a void in your life and wish that you had more grounding relationships? Social

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As you get older, you can make your body younger!
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, food stamps and

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WE'VE GOT ANSWERS!
Martha Hyde
Many of us are engaged in a contact sport called “keeping track of your health benefits.” It remains a field with goal posts that move around. Below, I will try to answer some commonly asked questions about the new structure

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I am so excited to be a part of Local 802! Since moving to NYC seven years ago to pursue a career as a pianist/music director, I have grown immensely as an artist and overall musician. I have learned the

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I joined Local 802 after a situation where I had been offered a gig and couldn’t do it because I wasn’t in the union. I didn’t want that to happen again. My musical goal is to play the music of

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May 19, 2015 - June 16, 2015
TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015 Meeting called to order at 11:10 a.m. by Financial Vice President Olcott. Present: Olcott, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Burridge, Cutler, Cranshaw, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Assistant to the President Bond. President Gagliardi absent on

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The Band Room
Bill Crow
When Dave Lambert and I were living in adjoining buildings on Cornelia Street in Greenwich Village in the early 1950s, we collaborated on odd jobs to make a living while trying to get something going in the music world One

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The Band Room
Bill Crow
In 1964, Eric Knight went to London with Ethel Merman as her music director for a four-week gig at a club called Talk of the Town on Leicester Square. During the rehearsals, Merman was intrigued by British music terminology: “minims”

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The Local 802 Musicians Health Fund recently mailed a notice to all participants. Below is an excerpt of the key points, for easy reference. The notice that was mailed out should be considered the complete, definite document. For more information,

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October 20, 2015 - Bylaw Amendments
Special note: the previous issue of Allegro ended with the minutes of Aug. 4, 2015. However, instead of starting below with the minutes of Aug. 11, 2015, we are printing the minutes of Oct. 20, 2015 in order to fulfill

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VINCENT CARUSO Vincent Caruso, 100, a Local 802 member since 1937, died on June 19. He played clarinet, saxophone, piano and drums. For 70 years, Mr. Caruso taught at his family music studio in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He also served

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The Band Room
Bill Crow
Karl Kraber sent me an excerpt from Nicolas Slonimsky’s book “Perfect Pitch,” which listed some of the remarkable expressions of conductor Eugene Ormandy. Back in 1987 in this column, I printed a collection of Ormandy-isms that had been sent to

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March 3, 2015 - March 24, 2015
NOTE: The Executive Board did not meet on March 17, 2015. TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. by Financial Vice President Olcott. Present: Executive Board members Brandford, Burridge, Cranshaw, Hyde, Kruvand, Schwartz, Sharman. President Gagliardi

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Siena Shundi, LCSW-R
This month will be my last column, as I will be leaving my position here to have a child at the end of the year. I’ll be taking some time off so I can spend time being a mom, then

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Siena Shundi, LCSW-R
Many musicians call our office for help because as life gets busy, it can sometimes get more stressful. We offer many free social services, including clinical case management, counseling and financial assistance. This month we will discuss what sorts of

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I joined Local 802 because I feel that musicians must unite in order to maintain the quality of compensation and treatment. Union dues are very reasonable and the services are useful; I particularly like the payroll and contract services provided.

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The Band Room
Bill Crow
I’ve been learning tunes since I was born. My mother, a singer who played piano and organ, filled our house with song as I was growing up. I memorized all her art songs, and things by Stephen Foster, and also

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April 14, 2015 - May 12, 2015
TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015 Meeting called to order at 11:07 a.m. by Financial Vice President Olcott. Present: Olcott, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Brandford, Burridge, Cranshaw, Cutler, Kruvand, Schwartz, Sharman, Assistant to the President Bond. Minutes from April

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The Band Room
Bill Crow
I sometimes play at a jazz spot in Greenwich Village called The Garage. When I first came to New York in 1945 that space was called The Village Nut Club, and it featured comedy bands. Sometime in the 1950s the

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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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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, food stamps and

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The Band Room
Bill Crow
Jerry Dodgion had just joined Red Norvo’s group in 1958 when they played a gig opposite the Count Basie band in Las Vegas. Jerry and his then wife Dottie invited a few of the Basie musicians to their home for

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The Band Room
Bill Crow
After reading my note about the Nut Club in a recent Band Room column, Phil Woods sent me this note: “I worked the Nut Club after Juilliard in the early 50’s, with Nick Stabulas (leader), George Syran (piano) and Jon

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Enjoy a free concert by the Local 802 Senior Concert Orchestra on Monday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. at Carnegie Hall. Musical director David Gilbert will conduct a program featuring the top musicians in NYC, including a violin concerto performed

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