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On the Cover

Nathan East on cover of IM

Nathan East

Grammy winning Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Nathan East is one of the most prolific working bassists of the last few decades. In 1984 he co-wrote the hit single “Easy Lover” with Phil Collins and Local 47 member Philip Bailey, launching a mind-boggling progression of successful, award-winning collaborations.

Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau: Ceaseless Creator of Fresh Sounds in Music

Ceaseless Creator of Fresh Sounds in Music Al Jarreau’s innovative vocal style and vibrant personality have earned him wide appeal and Grammy Awards in three different genres of music: jazz, pop, and R&B.

Deacon John Moore

Deacon John Moore,72, president of Local 174-496 (New Orleans, LA) says he’s proud that he’s managed to make a comfortable living as a musician for his entire life. He credits his versatility, business sense, and union membership for much of his success.

Genghis Barbie on cover

Genghis Barbie

The Self-Described Leading Post Post-Feminist Feminist All-Female Horn Experience Is Redefining Chamber Music Genghis Barbie’s sense of fun leaves audiences smiling, while their virtuosity leaves them speechless.

Rosanne Cash on cover of IM

Rosanne Cash

Local 802 (New York City) member Rosanne Cash laughs about how she’s “union made,” as a 35-year member of the AFM and AFTRA. She says she was encouraged to join the AFM by her father, Johnny Cash. “It was an honor to join the union; it means you are a professional. I became part of […]

Patrick Lamb on cover

Patrick Lamb

Patrick Lamb of Local 99 (Portland, OR) began his career on saxophone touring with jazz singer and pianist Diane Schuur of Local 7 (Orange County, CA) and later with Bobby Caldwell of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and Local 99 member Gino Vannelli. In recent years, Lamb’s begun to focus more on his own career […]

Kathy Mattea

Kathy Mattea

Kathy Mattea of Local 257 is considered one of the all-time most successful female country musicians. In her more than three-decade career she has had around 30 top 40 country hits, won a couple Grammys, and she’s twice been named Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association. Born and raised in West […]

Quattro on IM cover


Latin Blend Climbs Ranks as Captivating Quartet After three years of hard work and sacrifice, Quattro feels honored to have been nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s Latin Grammy Awards. The group prides itself on combining classical crossover with Latin American pop and contemporary jazz. The four members of Local 47 (Los Angeles, […]

Stewart Copeland

Stewart Copeland

Symphonic Composer Moonlights as a Rock Star Though many rock fans still identify Stewart Copeland with the nine years he spent as founder and drummer of the Police, those in the classical music world have come to respect his composing, which has been the Local 802 (New York City) member’s focus for the past 30 […]

Teo Avery

Teo Avery

Student of Saxophone Saxophonist Teodross Avery got a jump on his career, scoring a record deal in college. Then came opportunities to work with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Tommy Flanagan, and even Matchbox Twenty. Today, he can be found on the University of Southern California (USC) campus where he is teaching and working on […]