ED ALSTROM , Itinerant Musician
edalstrom.com and acidcabaret.com

   
   

 

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NEWS
(see the EVENTS tab for more details)





Ed and Kevin Kiley bring you soul music on WFDU-FM!
EVERY MONDAY from 1pm ~ 4pm
www.wfdu.fm on the internet (streaming or archived)
89.1 on your FM dial in NY/NJ.


AND NOW, immediately following GOT SOUL?...

"THE MIGHTY ORGAN" comes to WFDU-FM!

MONDAYS 4p~5p online only at www.wfdu.fm
If you long for the great pop organ sounds of yesteryear, tune in for a program called "THE MIGHTY ORGAN",
which airs on the internet only at www.wfdu.fm from 4p~5p every Monday afternoon, hosted by noted organist Ed Alstrom.


It will feature the rarely-heard (these days) sound of mid-century pop organ, by some of the greatest organists
ever to walk the Earth: Ethel Smith, Lenny Dee, Klaus Wunderlich, Jesse Crawford, Eddie Layton, John Kiley,
Don Baker, George Wright, and many more, from a time when the organ was justifiably called "The King of Instruments".

This hour-long sonic wonderland will feauture not only the Hammond and other electronic organs, but also
theater pipe organs and other electronic instruments.

The people you'll be hearing were real organists, who orchestrated on the fly and know how to use all of the
sonic capabilities of the instruments. They often played bass pedals, and fluently. They exhibit ingenuity and resourcefulness
far beyond the average 'jazz' organist.

If you've never heard this music, there is truly nothing like it. Underneath the often glorious tackiness and quaint hokum,
there is a palpable joy and buoyancy, as well as some overwhelming displays of multi-limbed technique.
You can't help but smile while listening to it!

Tune in online from 4p~5p every Monday for "The Mighty Organ" at www.wfdu.fm
(also now found on iHeart Radio)

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Wednes
day, December 3 - 6:30 ~ 9:30pm
Ed (pno/vcls) SOLO at VINTAGE ITALIAN
9 Westfield Ave W, Roselle Park, NJ 07204
(908) 445-4520

www.vintageitalianrestaurant.net

Me on piano and singing, all kinds of music, tremendous Italian food, no cover.

SINGERS - come down and sit in!!!

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DECEMBER GOINGS-ON at THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN WESTFIELD
Ed Alstrom, Organist/Music Director
www.westfieldpc.org

- On Saturday, December 13th at 6:30pm, Continuo Arts Foundation, led by Maestra Candace Wicke, will be bringing their ‘Christmas Time in the City’ concert to the PCW Sanctuary. And it’s FREE of charge!

- On Sunday, December 14th from 3-5pm, a first here at PCW: a Community Sing of Handel’s Messiah, co-sponsored by Choral Arts Society and our own Music Department. All participants pay a $10 entry fee (this includes members of both choirs) which includes the singing experience and use of a score to be provided by Choral Arts Society. Come as you are, and prepare to have a grand time making a big joyful noise!

- On Sunday, December 21, our own choirs and soloists have your whole day’s music mapped out for you. Of course, the 10am morning service will be filled with joyful hymns and anthems, including our kids’ choirs. Then, following that service, all the children of all ages are invited to stay for lunch and a concert at NOON in the Chapel! Our PCW Soloists, who did a very well-attended and well-received series of concerts in November called ‘Sunday Serenades’, will do a participatory concert called ‘Disney and Christmas – For Kids from 1 to 92’. They will do a wide variety of beloved songs from various Disney movies and theater productions, and then a big Christmas Sing-Along will follow. We heartily invite all kids, whether you’re a kid in age or a kid at heart. And it’s FREE! Parents, do bring your kids that morning for a wonderful morning of fellowship and entertainment at our church.

- Later that day on Sunday the 21st, at 4:00pm, our Chancel Choir takes the spotlight in the Sanctuary for an event called ‘Sounds and Songs of the Season’. This will be a selection of readings, carols, and anthems, led and performed entirely by our own Choir. The carols we will jointly sing are ones from our ‘Glory to God’ hymnal, on its first anniversary of arriving at our church, and will be really great, lesser known ones that you may not normally encounter during the season. The choir will also do many of its ‘greatest hit’ anthems from the past two seasons. And, again, it’s FREE of charge!



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THE HARMONIOUS FIVE DEBUT CD:
"Wanna Hear You Say Yeah!"



"VINTAGE R&B" - see the EVENTS TAB for more details.
AVAILABLE at CDBABY.COM, AMAZON.COM, or iTUNES - NOW!!!

Ed Alstrom (guitar), Dave Keyes (piano), Mark Berger (bass), Frank Pagano (drums) -
all singing, all the time!

www.harmoniousfive.com for more info on the band!

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ED'S ORGAN CD IS AVAILABLE TOO!!!


Available for purchase at:
http://cdbaby.com/cd/EdAlstrom1 - packaged CD
http://www.digstation.com/EdAlstrom - download of individual tracks or the whole album


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- Ed did a pair of gigs with BUSTER POINDEXTER in NJ/NY in October.

- Ed provided incidental music for the off-Broadway production of 'Too Much Sun', featuring Linda Lavin.

- Ed provides organ music for the recent hit movie "42" (the Jackie Robinson story). He was called on to replicate the organ sounds of Gladys Gooding, who played organ at Ebbets Field in the 1940s. Listen for Ed during the scenes when Jackie first joins the Dodgers, and look for his name in the end music credits!

- Ed in in his third year as Organist/Music Director at PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN WESTFIELD, Westfield, NJ! He is directing a big program including multiple vocal, children's, and handbell choirs. Visit us and hear the sounds at www.westfieldpc.org.

- Ed's work with his fine choir at his former church, CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER in Morristown, NJ, can still be viewed at www.youtube.com/redeemermorristown

- Ed is in his fifth year as Accompanist (pno/org/gtr) and Choir Director at TEMPLE NER TAMID in Bloomfield, NJ. He will accompany services on most Friday nights and Saturday mornings. See http://www.nertamid.org for more details.

- Ed played organ on harmonica great Rob Paparozzi's GRAMMY-NOMINATED
new CD, "Etruscan Soul" (go to http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/robpaparozzi for more details).

- YANKEE BASEBALL!
Ed finished his 11th season as Weekend Organist at Yankee Stadium
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Click here to hear the legendary Bob Sheppard introduce Ed's traditional
7th inning rendition.
This version is on the old Hammond at Yankee Stadium from 2004

- And now BOULDERS BASEBALL too!!!
Ed was asked to provide organ at many games for the ROCKLAND BOULDERS. The Boulders play at the
beautiful new Provident Bank Park in Pomona, NY. They are members of the independent CAN-AM League
(NJ Jackals are also in this league). The park is gorgeous, the team is good, and the games are fun-fun-fun!
The games Ed can't do are ably covered by Maxine.

Stop by the Boulders site and check things out! Most games are broadcast live on the site.
www.rocklandboulders.com






There are many clips of Ed playing live in various contexts on YOUTUBE!
Go to www.youtube.com, and search "ed alstrom", and you'll find 'em!

revised 10/17/14