Marvin Leon Achyutan Pattillo grew up in Kansas City but now lives in Oakland. Heâ€™s played with â€œa lot of beautiful people,â€ he says, including John Coltrane. Achyutan joined Local 627 of the AFM, the Kansas City black musicians union, when he was 13, after getting a gig at the famous Orchid Room at 12th and Vine â€“ his band played on Sunday nights, when the venue didnâ€™t sell alcohol so youngsters could play. As he got older, Pattillo played in Frank Smithâ€™s legendary Kansas City trio and toured with Texas bluesman Eddie Cleanhead Vinson. â€œBut,â€ he says, â€œyou couldnâ€™t go in the hotels and play. There was Johnny Bakerâ€™s, where I played with Jay McShann, out on Troost. That was a white club but had a black band in it. After we would take our intermissions we would have to go down in the basement. But the people who loved the music, they would come down and socialize with us anyway.â€
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
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Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.
Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site