AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
PERSONA NON GRATA I have been unceremoniously banished and denied any possibility of performing again at a well-known Pittsburgh jazz club. WHY? Because, as a board member of Local 82-545 AFM (American Federation of Musicians) I attempted to negotiate fair payment (union scale) for my players for a gig I was offered there. I described its paltry offer as tantamount to exploitation and received this response "Your remarks are way out of line... As the owner of James Street, I will not book you here. You will not play here ever again." OUGHT I DESPAIR?
That owner overlooks that my history includes this performance at the Warhol Museum Theater that totally sold out-- not even standing room left. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tFmCs7cLe0