Thursday, June 18, 2009

HammondCast: Justice For Jazz Artists Meeting Advisory Board and HammondCast 148 KYOU Radio

Todd Bryant Weeks on HammondCast KYOU Radio and Jazz Advisory Board Meeting coverage by Jon Hammond


Todd Bryant Weeks, Author and Jazz Rep of Local 802 Musicians Union on HammondCast Show KYOU Radio interview with Jon Hammond discussing his in-depth biography of Oran Alfred Page aka Hot Lips Page entitled "Luck's In My Corner: The Life and Music of Hot Lips Page"
27 January 1908 – 4 November 1954 jazz trumpeter, singer, bandleader, scorching soloist and powerful vocalist. Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc. Also speaking about the Justice for Jazz Artists! cause: the J4JA Adds Facebook Cause Page and Fair Standards for NYC Music Clubs. Send an email to or call 212 245 4802 X185 The Justice for Jazz Artists campaign continues to pick up speed, thanks for your support! ©

Todd Bryant Weeks, Hot Lips Page, Luck's In My Corner, Justice For Jazz Artists, Jon Hammond, HammondCast, KYOU Radio, Local 802, Musicians Union, Pension, Trumpet, Bessie Smith, Dan Morgenstern

Jon Hammond here folks *Member AFM Local 802 & Local 6:
Here is an excerpt and photos of the very important issues being dealt with head on at today's Jazz Advisory Board meeting at AFM Local 802 Musicians Union. A 'who's who' of veteran jazz musicians attended and also young pro jazz musicians, including:
drummer BERNARD PURDIE, JUNIOR MANCE, BOB CRANSHAW, JIMMY OWENS, Local 802 Asst to the President JOEL LeFEVRE, Local 802 Recording Vice President BILL DENNISON, CHARLES TOLLIVER, BENNY POWELL, 802 Jazz Rep. TODD BRYANT WEEKS, MATTHEW PLUMMER, RUDY SHERIFF LAWLESS, KEITH DAMES, COLIN DEAN and more. Things are just getting rolling so I personally encourage professional jazz musicians and fans and supporters of America's Music and Musicians to get involved now.
Thanks for your support!
Jon Hammond

sign the petition to get the club owners to do the right thing as mandated by State of New York to contribute sales tax towards Pension Fund, and you can find a more thorough explanation on the Justice for Jazz Artists site and by contacting Mr. Todd Bryant Weeks at Local 802 directly tel. 212-245-4802 x-185

Fair Standards for NYC Music Clubs

June 16th, 2009
While larger and more financially stable clubs and cabaret spaces offer reasonable compensation to performing musicians, there are a host of smaller venues that do not. The abuse ranges from notorious pay-to-play venues to those that charge for the use of sound equipment or require musicians to guarantee an audience.

What can be done? What are “fair standards” for the treatment of musicians? Give us your feedback as we work to establish a “fair standards code” for these music venues.

Send an email to or call 212 245 4802 X185.

Campaign Picks Up Speed

The Justice for Jazz Artists campaign continues to pick up speed. We now have over 270 petitioners! This number is up from 144 on May 1.

We are currently seeking the endorsements of elected officials and religious leaders, even as we build our petition of jazz artists and musicians who work in other areas—particularly on Broadway and in the concert field.

Here is our list of Coalition Endorsers at Present:

American Federation of Musicians, Tom Lee, President; Sam Folio, Secretary Treasurer
Local 802, Associated Musicians of Greater New York
Local 802 Jazz Advisory Committee
Local 802 Theater Committee
Jazz Foundation of America
Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition, Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Executive Director
New York Central Labor Council
Jazz Ministry at St. Peter’s Church, Amandus J. Derr, Senior Pastor
New School Jazz Department Faculty Committee
Andy Kirk Research Foundation
NY City Councilwoman Diana Reyna (D-34, Brooklyn)
Rutgers-Newark Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research
Dr. Lewis Porter, Jazz Historian and Educator
Dan Morgenstern, Jazz Historian and former editor of Down Beat
John Chilton, Jazz Historian
Maxine Gordon (widow of Dexter Gordon)
Gary Giddins, Jazz Journalist
Nat Hentoff, Jazz Journalist

Won’t you print up copies of the J4JA Petition and Fact Sheet and convince your fellow musicians to sign on? Then simply mail them in to the address below—or drop by the union’s Jazz Dept—on the 3rd floor.

AFM Local 802
322 West 48th Street
New York, New York 10036

Associated Musicians of Greater New York, AFM Local 802322 West 48th Street 3rd floorNew York, New York 10036

*LISTEN TO HammondCast 148 HERE:

HammondCast 148 KYOURADIO with special guest HOUSTON PERSON tenor saxophonist band leader: "Since I Fell for YOU", Interview with Jon Hammond, "Tenderly" JIMMY McGRIFF R.I.P. "I Got A Woman" and "River's Invitation" with Hank Crawford + Billy Preston

Bob Cunningham, Bass, Bernard Purdie, Jon Hammond, Local 802, Musicians Union, NDR Jazz, Late Rent, Mikell's, Jazz Foundation of America, Elmar Lemes, ASCAP Network, B3 organ, XK-3c, Blues, Funky, Rhonda Hamilton, WBGO, Cephas Bowles, Gary Walker, Brian Delp, Josh Jackson, Sylvia Brewer

ASCAP Network Behind The Beat with Jon Hammond "LATE RENT"

Elmar Lemes photo of Jon Hammond playing XK-3 organ at Local 802 Monday Night Jazz Session sponsored by Jazz Foundation of America

Jon Hammond MySpace


ASCAP Network Behind The Beat "NDR SESSIONS Projekt"

Jon Hammond is an endorsed artist of Hammond Suzuki USA

Jon Hammond and Bob Cunningham playing at Local 802 Monday Night Jazz Session sponsored by Jazz Foundation of America photo by Elmar Lemes

Justice For Jazz Artists, Bob Cranshaw, Bernard Purdie, Jon Hammond, Todd Weeks, Local 802, Musicians Union, B3 organ, XK-3c, Accordion, ASCAP Network, Birdland, Blue Note, Smoke, Iridium, Jerry Nadler, KYOU

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