Jazz is a great American art form, yet many jazz artists retire in poverty. Justice for Jazz Artists seeks to work with clubs to ensure jazz musicians receive fair pay, modest pensions, protection of recording rights and a reasonable process for addressing grievances. The top NYC jazz clubs—Birdland, the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, the Iridium, the Jazz Standard and the Village Vanguard—can afford to do right by musicians. Fairness! Dignity! Respect! The Time Is Now!
Club owners need to do right by the skilled musicians who fill their venues: Pension, fair Pay scales, and Protections of recordings for all musicians who play the club.
Let’s take our message to the streets with a live band to spread the word to jazz fans, musicians and, most importantly, the club owners.
Thursday, October 18th
Meet at Washington Square Park
(near the fountain, center of park)
The Jazz Education Network Conference (JEN) is the world’s largest annual gathering of jazz educators, students, exhibitors, musicians and clinicians. This year marks the fourth year the conference will be held under the aegis of JEN. Under JEN the conference has grown considerably, from just a couple hundred attendees in 2010, to 2,500 in 2012.
Bob Cranshaw brings his world class performance experience to the conference—having toured with Sonny Rollins for over 50 years—and as an experienced educator. He is also a strong union advocate, a vocal member of Local 802 AFM and recently elected to its Executive Board. In addition to Bob, this year’s conference will feature appearances by Justice for Jazz Artists endorsers and supporters, including Rufus Reid, Wycliffe Gordon and Dave Liebman.
In light of its focus on education and the large number of students and aspiring musicians in attendance at the conference, this will be a great opportunity for Bob to inspire young performers and enlighten them about the challenges and joys of life as a professional musician. He will also bring everyone up to date on the hard-fought victories and ongoing efforts of the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign.
The conference will take place from January 2nd-5th in Atlanta, Georgia at the Hyatt Regency Peachtree. We urge you to visit the Jazz Education Network website to find all the pertinent details for this year’s conference!
Join us at 9pm TONIGHT (10/18), as we are stand up for free speech and let the Blue Note Jazz Club owners know they need to do right by the skilled musicians who fill their venues. That means fair pay scales, promised pension contributions, and protections on recordings! Meet at Washington Square Park (near the fountain, center of park) at 9:00 PM, and march with us to the Blue Note! (131 West. 3rd Street).
Bring a friend and an instrument and help us march for justice!
Thursday, September 27th at 9:00 PM
Meet under the arch at Washington Square Park