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Articles, Member Profiles

Music Lost a Champion – Tommy Banks

On January 25 we suffered the great loss of Tommy Banks at 81 years old. He was a close friend and I find it difficult to sufficiently honour him.

The Beauty of Variety: Christina Linhardt Covers the Artistic Gamut

Christina Linhardt of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) is a musical chameleon. Her talent spans classical music, high opera, folk dance, cabaret, and when called for, the occasional circus performance. Her artistic upbringing meant traveling the world, spending summers in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, among artists and musicians, notably the Arnold Schoenberg family.

To Mongolia, with Love

Last summer, Mongolia’s Morin Khuur Ensemble, performed the world premiere of Postcards to Mongolia, by American composer and conductor Thomas A. Blomster of Local 20-623 (Denver, CO)—a first for both maestro and orchestra. The concert was broadcast live on Mongolian TV and the score was placed in the Mongolian national archives.

Pianist Jeff Lorber: A Career Built from Coast to Coast

Pianist Jeff Lorber of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) says he felt like he had access to the world stage growing up in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia.

Piano Man Mike Renzi Creates Colorful Orchestration

Pianist, arranger, and musical director Mike Renzi of Local 198-457 (Providence, RI) and Local 802 (New York City) joined the union as a youngster.

Daryl Davis: A Life Driven by Harmony, On Stage and Off

For Davis, all his efforts on stage and off come down to the pursuit of harmony. “It is my job as a band leader to bring harmony among the voices on my stage,” he says.

Creating a Bridge to Improvisation

There are other benefits to learning improvisation skills. Seddon explains, “If during a classical performance, a musician gets off track somehow, instead of crashing and burning, with some improvisation techniques, there is space to find your way back. Jazz teaches us to get real with the music.”

Trumpeter Goes the Distance for Charity

For the last eight years, the Los Angeles-based trumpeter turned ultra-runner has taken on solo challenges in support of local and global charities.

Unknown Hinson Leaves a Mark with Persona and “Chart Toppin’ Hits”

The story of guitarist and performer Unknown Hinson is closer to rockabilly myth than biography. His wild persona has been crafted by Stuart Daniel Baker.

Film Brings Together World Drumming, Rock Star Composer, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra

On September 19 the documentary film Dare to Drum, featuring numerous Local 72-147 (Dallas-Ft. Worth) AFM members, was launched on iTunes and Amazon.