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April 2023 Overture Online: First Annual AFM Local 47 Jazz Festival

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: First Annual AFM Local 47 Jazz Festival – Three-day concert series during Jazz Appreciation Month April 2, 16 & 23
  • Spring Membership Drive – Spread the Word!
  • Next General Membership Meeting: April 24
  • Member Spotlight: William Roper
  • Fair Share For Musicians Campaign Update
  • Behind the Scenes at the 95th Annual Academy Awards
  • ‘What is New Media?’ Podcast With FMSMF’s Kim Roberts Hedgpeth
  • Auditions: Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Monterey Symphony
and more!

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Jazz Appreciation Month Featured artist 2016: ‘King’ Benny Carter

JAM Poster-2016 Benny Carter_022216_2Every April, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. selects a jazz icon to feature on the annual Jazz Appreciation Month poster. This year’s poster honors performer, bandleader, and
composer “King” Benny Carter.

A Lifetime Member of Local 47, Benny Carter — known simply as “King” to his fellow musicians — was a largely self-taught artist who became one of founding fathers of big band swing music. Early in his career, Carter arranged and composed scores for Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Chick Webb, and McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, as well as for his own highly respected orchestras. Continue reading