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Pianist Joanne Brackeen, a member of Local 802 since 1966, has earned the prestigious NEA Jazz Master designation this year. Whatever the musical setting – whether solo, duo, trio, quartet, or quintet – Brackeen’s unique style of playing commands attention.

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As negotiations approach, all classical musicians are invited to a forum on May 9 at Local 802
For classical orchestral musicians with long memories, 1986 stands as a pivotal year in our history. That year, we went out on strike against the coalition of orchestras, then identified as OMNY, which were signatories to the umbrella collective bargaining

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Meet the Roxy Coss Quintet, winners of Local 802's first $40K Emerging Artists Project grant
The Roxy Coss Quintet is the winner of Local 802’s inaugural Emerging Artists Project grant. This groundbreaking four-year award was designed to support emerging ensembles in New York City as well as further efforts to ensure that all professional musicians

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Musicians at Work
Each time a Broadway show goes up, it also records a soundtrack under a union contract. Allegro photographer Walter Karling got access to the recent cast album recording session of “Mean Girls” at the Power Station, which was contracted by

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Musicians at Work
Local 802 musicians performed an incredible live broadcast of “Jesus Christ Superstar” on NBC on April 1 (Easter Sunday) at the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, starring John Legend, Alice Cooper, Sara Bareilles, Brandon Victor Dixon, Norm Lewis, Ben Daniels, Jason

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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 Immigrant Arts Coalition, an activism support group composed of New York City cultural organizations (including Local 802), recently sent a letter to President Donald Trump about the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s decision to adjust its mission statement. The

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The Writing/Composing team of Aryanna Garber and Benjamin Velez are the winners of the Weston Playhouse Theatre’s 12th annual New Musical Award for their musical “Borderline.” The only award of its kind in the country, the Weston New Musical Award

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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 or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th

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Rosanne Soifer
I recently remembered this long-ago encounter, a blind date whose memorable line to me was, “I never met a musician before!” I thought Allegro readers would enjoy it. Picture the scenario. The car ride to the restaurant resembles a cutesy

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Richard Scott
I rejoined Local 802 to be to be a part of the NYC music scene and support fellow musicians. I was also encouraged to join because of the late guitarist Ronny Jordan, a fellow Local 802 member who was known

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Joe Exley
I’ve been a full-time musician for 20 years so I figured it was about time to join the union. The logistics and business “behind the notes” gets increasingly complex and intense, so we gotta stick together. My musical goal in

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Krisztina Kiss
I joined Local 802 after I was advised by many colleagues to join the union. I have been lucky enough to meet and play with many top musicians of New York City, and I would like to meet and play

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Jonny Byers
I joined Local 802 after I started performing in “Farinelli and the King” on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre. This has certainly been a career highlight: baroque cello on Broadway! I’m a member of the British musicians’ union back in

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Rene X Valentine
I joined Local 802 after many years of wanting to join. Some of my friends are members and have only wonderful things to say about the union. My musical goal is to continue to perform and record as much as

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MARIO ESCALERA Mario Escalera, 77, a saxophonist, flutist and clarinetist, died last Dec. 1, 2017. He had been a member of Local 802 since 1984. Mr. Escalera was born in Cuba, migrated to Puerto Rico and eventually settled in the

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Reminiscences
Gary Solomon
I am deeply saddened to share with you the passing of my father, Murray Solomon. He died on April 5 at the age of 91 after being a member of Local 802 since 1943. Known in the industry as “Doc”

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December 10, 2017 - January 23, 2018
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2017 Meeting called to order at 11:02 a.m. by Financial Vice President Olcott. Present: Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Burridge, Cutler, Dougherty, Hyde, Namkung, Sharman, Suttmann, Chief of Staff Carroll. President Gagliardi absent. Minutes from

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The following bylaw amendment will be proposed and voted on at the membership meeting on June 6 at 5pm in the Local 802 Club Room. (Admission to meeting by paid-up membership card only.) NEW LANGUAGE IS UNDERLINED: Article III, section

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May 2018
Gil Evans developed his composing and arranging chops back in the late 1940s writing for the Claude Thornhill band. I’ve always loved an instrumental arrangement he did for Claude of a ballad by John Benson Brooks called “The Happy Stranger.”

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