Allegro

Currently Browsing: February, 2016

President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
I am pleased to be able to begin this report with some good news. The New York City Opera is alive again! After over two years in limbo, the company has new owners. A bankruptcy court has approved the group

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Local 802's archives show that we were an early and significant force in the struggle to achieve racial equality
Randy Sandke
In the course of researching my book “Where the Light and the Dark Folks Meet,” which deals with interracial contact in jazz, I went through the earliest surviving copies of Allegro to see what they might show about the union’s

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Mort Kuff
As a young teen in my hometown of Baltimore in the late 1930s and early 40s, I was already an ardent big band groupie and a relentless autograph hound. I managed to attend nearly every appearance of a big-name band

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Al Carty is in the house
Al “Boogie” Carty is a bassist, composer, musical director and creative collaborator who works with some of the top names in the music business across different genres. The Bronx native, who first joined Local 802 in 1999, has recently been

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Musicians put a lot of strain on their bodies. We asked our members for their stories about preventing and fixing injuries. Here's what you said...
Below are the stories of musicians who responded to our poll. We would like to hear from more of our members about this important topic. Please e-mail your stories to Allegro@Local802afm.org. DISCLAIMER: The following stories are anecdotes from fellow musicians

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Since last fall, Local 802 member Jon Batiste has been the music director and bandleader for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Below, from left, Local 802 members Michael Thurber, Joe Saylor, Jon Batiste, Eddie Barbash and Louis Cato. The

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Musicians retain their right to workers' compensation
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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As more and more films come to NYC to record, producers need larger spaces. A new recording service at the DiMenna Center is helping to fill the gap.
More productions are taking advantage of the tax breaks offered in New York to record here, which is great news for our musicians. But until recently, New York City has had only two large recording studios: Manhattan Center and Avatar.

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News from the Actors Fund
Traci DiGesu, M.S.W.
The Actors Fund is your one-stop shop for almost any kind of service you can imagine. We offer counseling – both one-on-one and in groups – as well as information on all kinds of social services, including health insurance, housing,

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Transforming lives through music
Claire Bryant
At age 15, I was seriously dedicating myself to cello studies, totally confident I was going to be a soloist à la Jacqueline du Pré. What budding female cellist would expect anything less? Fast forward to roughly 20 years later,

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September 15, 2015 - October 27, 2015
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 Meeting called to order at 11:08 a.m. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Brandford, Cranshaw, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Schwartz, Sharman. Minutes from September 8, 2015 reviewed. It was

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This opportunity to rejoin the union was bestowed uponst me once again at the end of 2014 when I let my union dues lapse. I was on the road with my band, the Stumblebum Brass Band, most of last year

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The Band Room
Bill Crow
I always have a Dave McKenna CD on the player in my car, to cheer me up on long drives. Dave had a solo piano style that thoroughly examined the rich possibilities of the American Songbook, always swinging, always filled

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