An Online Showcase of Our Members
Vol. 2   No. 4                                                                             April 2015
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Spring has sprung and the festival season is upon us!
Our featured musician for April's MUSICIANS CORNER is
a New Orleans styled piano and Hammond B-3  player,
who will be performing at two of New Orleans biggest festivals, French Quarter Fest & Jazz Fest!
We hope you enjoy our talented union musicians
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Joe Krown                                               Member Since 1998
Joe K. Portrait
BIO: Whether traveling the world as keyboardist for the late Gatemouth Brown (1992-2005: opening for Eric Clapton and appearing on Carlos Santana's Blues at Montreux DVD),  being featured on the Solid Blues Tour (2007: with Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite and the North Mississippi All-Stars), leading the Joe Krown Trio (with Walter "Wolfman" Washington & Russell Batiste), performing as himself in HBO's series "Treme," or playing right here in town, New Orleans pianist and Hammond B-3 organist, Joe Krown, is THE consummate professional. Catch him at the famous Brennan family restaurant, Ralph's on the Park (house pianist since 2006), the 2015 French Quarter Festival and/or the N.O. Jazz & Heritage Festival!     Read more...
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"The Musicians Union is a community for musicians. People think it's supposed to be something that you use on a weekly, monthly basis and that will find work for you. It doesn't work like that. The Musician's Union is not a booking agency, although there are times that traveling groups call the union for musicians, especially for horn sections. The Musician's Union has services that come in handy over the long haul. For example, it has a free-to-union-members rehearsal space. The cost is $2/non-union members to rehearse [with union sponsor only]. Plus it has drums, amps and a p.a. That alone has saved me hundreds if not thousands of dollars over the years. Being in the union has always been helpful for French Quarter Festival. FQF started small, but is now a major music festival and it's union supported. If you should get injured or something catastrophic happens like a severe health issue or something like Hurricane Katrina happens, the union provides emergency aid. The union has retirement and death benefits. Every once in a while something comes up like a recording session or a tv spot where it's very helpful to be in the union. It's not a requirement to be in the union to play these sessions, but being in the union makes sure we get paid correctly. The union also has regular activities and events that are always fun.

So to sum it up, being in the union is not something that I use on a daily basis, but over time, I've had needs that it's provided for. Over time I've easily benefited way beyond the annual dues. I've been in the union for over 20 years and I plan on staying in the union for life."


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