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Member Profiles

Maggie Scott and the Great American Songbook

In a career that has spanned seven decades, jazz vocalist and pianist Maggie Scott of Local 9-535 (Boston, MA) still draws inspiration from the music she grew up with, in an era when the big bands were in full swing.

Pablo Diemecke Playing with Heart: Violinist’s Versatile Career

Violinist Pablo Diemecke’s wide-ranging career has taken him around the world, throughout Europe, North America, Asia, Russia, and Iceland. After two decades as concertmaster with the Victoria Symphony, he opened a private music studio, and founded his own group, the DieMahler String Ensemble.

Johnny Cowell: Toronto Trumpet Soloist Still Performing at 90 Years Old

Johnny Cowell, a 73-year member of Local 149 (Toronto, ON), is considered to be one of Canada’s most renowned trumpet soloists. Over the years, he’s worked with many of Canada’s symphony orchestras and concert bands.

Jimmy McIntosh Creates CD with His Heroes

You could say that Las Vegas guitarist Jimmy McIntosh has built his life and career around music business connections. The best example may be his latest CD, Jimmy McIntosh and … which features McIntosh exchanging licks with some of his personal heroes…

Robert Earl Keen: A Unique Perspective on Songwriting and Success

Texas troubadour whose witty words and infectious melodies have proved a winning combination, says he stumbled onto the musical side of word-smithing by accident.

St. Kitts Musician Settles in Florida

St. Kitts Musician Settles in Florida — Though multi-instrumentalist Van Bertie of Locals 427-621 (Tampa Bay, FL) and 655 (Miami, FL) was born on a small Caribbean island, his career has brought him all around the world, performing at a wide variety of events.

David Amram: Wisdom from 65 Years of Hanging Out

David Amram: Wisdom from 65 Years of Hanging Out — David Amram ended 2015 by celebrating his 85th birthday in grand style, with festivities in New York City, Toronto, and London, among other places. Looking back on those 85 years there is plenty to celebrate.

Belief in Trumpet

Belief in Trumpet — For Freddie Jones trumpet is everything. It has been a huge part of his life ever since he picked the instrument up at around age 12. Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, his mom had a beauty salon on the corner near Stax Records.

Freddie Jones Believes in Trumpet

Freddie Jones may be most well-known in the Dallas area as the trumpet player for the Dallas Cowboys

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA)

Henry Kaleialoha Allen and his wife, Sherron Allen receives 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA)