The ever-creative J4JA campaign continues to target multiple establishments owned by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. Danny Meyer and USHG own the popular Shake Shack restaurants, other more upscale eateries, and the Jazz Standard club. An article published in this month’s edition of Allegro recounts some our recent efforts to imbue “hospitality” with a little more “humanity.”
In late October we visited Blue Smoke, Meyer’s barbeque restaurant that shares a kitchen with Jazz Standard. Jazz Standard is not only a successful, lucrative part of Danny Meyer’s USHG hospitality empire, but one of the affluent NYC clubs that pays no pension contributions on behalf of its musicians, and has thusfar refused to take any calls from J4JA or sit down to discuss options to help working musicians.
Justice for Jazz Artists conducted a “sip in,” in which supporters stayed in the restaurant and ordered nothing but water. The action was followed by a call-and-response speech as protesters rose and made themselves known. The ‘sippers’ then handed out leaflets on the way out of the club and were met by our signature J4JA Brass Band to play for Jazz Standard and Blue Smoke patrons for another 30 minutes. Demonstrators handed out leaflets to customers entering the establishment, many of whom were happy to take them and learn more about our campaign’s goal to negotiate with NYC-area clubs to bring much needed security to hard-working jazz musicians.
Jazz Standard management continues to refuse to return Justice for Jazz Artists’ calls or to come to the table to discuss possible common sense solutions for insecurity in the jazz artist community of New York City. Please let them and other affluent, successful NYC clubs know that you support justice for working musicians, Click HERE to send an email to club management.