How black musicians helped reform Local 802

Interview with Jacob Goldberg


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Jazz on the Tube interviews Jacob Goldberg author of “Swingin’ the Color Line.”

Music is a calling – but it’s also an occupation.

Fair pay, unrestricted job opportunities, good working conditions, the need for benefits like health care and retirement support…all these are issues for musicians too.

African-American musicians played an important role in reforming Local 802, the New York City musicians union, and their actions had widespread ramifications not only for New York-based musicians, but musicians – and workers – everywhere.

Unfortunately, the audio quality has some problems in spots, but this a very eye opening story.

You can get Jacob’s book “Swingin’ the Color Line: African-American Musicians and the Formation of Local 802” by visiting Lulu.com

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Music credit: The Jazz on the Tube podcast theme song is “Mambo Inferno” performed by The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria from the CD ¡Que Viva Harlem!

Keith Davis
Jazz from Detroit!