"To the jazz community, (from the desk of Buster Williams): High Alert!!!!!!!
I thought those days when jazz musicians gave their heart and soul to enrich cultures and yet did not get paid were over. We play all over the world and have for decades!!
But last week in Istanbul at the Jazz Center, a club run by Aytek Şermet, disrespect, dishonor and unprofessionalism prevailed. My group, which includes Patrice Rushen, Lenny White and Mark Gross, played four shows to a capacity house for each show. Our agreement was nothing unordinary. We play, they pay. The amount had been agreed to per signed contract. We showed up, we did what we do, the people enjoyed it, and the club made money. Why then, in these times, when those who claim a dedication to giving us a platform, would someone not show up, not pay us, and not leave his staff the ability to meet our agreement? This is 2012. The world is a much smaller place and I can tell everyone that we were disrespected in the most blatant way. We did not get paid!!!!
So I would suggest that if your plan is to visit Istanbul to work for Mr. Aytek Şermet at the Istanbul Jazz Center, you reconsider.
Yours, Buster Williams"
"I know him! He's what makes our job so difficult! He reaps the benefits and talks shit the first three days, and on the fourth he's nowhere to be found!."
"Buster is not the first. I was the one who hired his band in Jazz Center first time, six years ago, but those things happened all the time because of Aytek. that is why I left the business.."
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