American Federation of Musicians

Local 174-496 New Orleans

Musician's Corner
An Online Showcase of Our Members
Vol. 1   No. 4                                                                                   April 2014
Butch Mudbone                  
             Butch Mudbone             Germaine Bazzle
Welcome to our monthly series of online showcases presenting our fellow union musicians! For April, this highly musical month during which we experience the French Quarter Festival & the Jazz Fest, we are featuring two of our very talented and Life Time Union members,
Butch Mudbone & Germaine Bazzle


We hope you enjoy our local legendary talents! 
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(Members, see how YOU can be featured below) 

Butch Mudbone                Life Time Member since 1978
"As one of today's blues Disciples, Mudbone repeatedly has performed in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada and Czechoslovakia. In the United States he has worked venues, such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (28 years), Monterey Jazz Festival, Delta Blues Festival, Tucson Blues Festival, Ojai Bowlful of Blues and the Memphis Blues Festival. He's opened shows for B.B. King, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton and a host of others." 
Why Did You Join the Union?
I joined the Union because it supports fair wages for all members, sets scales and standards, and has ironclad contracts.

YouTube: Butch Mudbone and the Wolf Pack (4:07) 
Butch Mudbone And the Wolf Pack
Germaine Bazzle               Life Time Member since 1977
"Retired music educator and renowned jazz vocalist Germaine Potter Bazzle is arguably one of the most expressive and stylized voices in New Orleans' music history. Bazzle has recorded with a number of well-known jazz masters, including Wynton and Ellis Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Lady BJ, George French, Johnny Adams and Alvin "Red" Tyler. She recorded her first and only solo album in 1994, Standing Ovation, produced by AFO Records." 
She continues to perform in New Orleans and throughout the world, recently traveling to Estonia and Brazil.
You can hear her every Sunday night at the Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel located in the New Orleans French Quarter and at this year's 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Why Did You Join the Union?
"I joined the Union because of the professional regard and respect one receives from employers plus the benefits available to Union members."

When You're Smiling
"When You're Smiling" (6:33)
Guardians of the Groove: Germaine Bazzle on education and music

"Guardians of the Groove: Germaine Bazzle on Education and Music" (4:23)

         Members, YOU can be featured in our May issue!
This local has SO many talented musicians and we hope to let our members and others see and hear what's going on musically right here in your own local. Featured artists' You Tubes will also be posted on our new Face Book page. 
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Here's How It Works: 
1. You must be a member in good standing in Local 174-496 (dues up-to-date)
2. Email to this office:
  • a quality photo
  • a short bio
  • your best YouTube link 
  • a website link                                           
  • the reason why you are in the union 
Email this information to
or call us if you have questions (504) 947-1700.

AFM Local 174-496

2401 Esplanade Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70119

504-947-1700 office

504-947-6667 fax



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