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Fairness! Dignity! Respect! Now's The Time!
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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!

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Today at an event in the heart of the NYC Theater and Entertainment District, the NYC musicians union Local 802 AFM announced its support of Bill de Blasio to become the next Mayor of New York City. The union called de Blasio’s progressive message “music to the ears of working people,” and praised him for standing strong with jazz musicians in calling upon NYC club owners to stop exploiting the artists who bring patrons into their venues. Here is Bill de Blasio speaking with bassist, jazz institution, and ‪#‎J4JA‬ supporter Bob Cranshaw
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Respect! total support to your struggle from our webmagazine. www.traccedijazz.it
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Email the Blue Note directly from our website! It’s so easy! Many thanks to all those throughout the week who have expressed support by posting on the Blue Note’s Facebook and our wall or sending letters. For those of you who haven’t, PLEASE click the link and quickly send a letter to the Blue Note owners asking them to sit down to discuss fair pay scales, pension contributions and protection of recording rights for the musicians who fill their club. The musicians thank you in advance! http://bit.ly/VmokHa
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Keep up the great work !  I would LOVE to see similar musician advocacy in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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JOIN US Thursday night 10/18 at 9pm, as we stand up for free speech and send a message to the Blue Note. 

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)
9:00 PM
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For the rest of June, if you’re on Twitter, post support of @J4JA and include the hashtag #bluenotejazzfestival -- to let Blue Note fans know the club’s not doing right by the musicians driving its profits! 
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Jazz clubs need to treat musicians with respect! Sign the petition for justice!
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Justice for Jazz Artists will be protesting at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola TONIGHT on the occasion of Village Vanguard owner Lorraine Gordon’s acceptance of the NEA Jazz Masters Award! The Village Vanguard is a legendary club but Ms. Gordon still refuses to answer the union’s calls to discuss steps to help the musicians that make her club profitable. We will be at Dizzy’s (Broadway and 60th) at 6:45 PM—come join us to help get the word out or to get more information on our campaign for yourself. Follow this link to read a piece from September’s Allegro for more
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Legendary bassist and educator Bob Cranshaw arrives today in Atlanta, Georgia to represent the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign at the 4th Annual Jazz Education Network Conference.

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! 
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See photos from our March on the Blue Note. Now we ask YOU to join us in a Week of Action! You can send an email right from our website to the Blue Note’s owners demanding fairness for jazz musicians. SHARE this post!
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TONIGHT! MARCH ON THE BLUE NOTE!

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).
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Attention jazz lovers! We will be returning to the Blue Note this Thursday night with a live New Orleans style jazz band to send a message to club owners about the importance of fair pay and pensions for the musicians who play their clubs! 

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
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Good news, jazz fans!  The Latin Jazz Grammy has returned!
Academy reinstates Latin Jazz Album award a month after protesters' lawsuit against the NARAS was thrown out
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