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Ed and Kevin Kiley bring you soul music on WFDU-FM!
EVERY MONDAY from 1pm ~ 4pm
www.wfdu.fm on the internet (streaming
89.1 on your FM dial in NY/NJ.
NOW, immediately following GOT SOUL?...
MIGHTY ORGAN" comes to WFDU-FM!
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.
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!
in online from 4p~5p every Monday for "The Mighty Organ" at
(also now found on iHeart Radio)
December 3 - 6:30 ~ 9:30pm
SOLO at VINTAGE ITALIAN
9 Westfield Ave W, Roselle Park,
Me on piano and singing, all kinds of music, tremendous Italian
food, no cover.
SINGERS - come down and sit in!!!
DECEMBER GOINGS-ON at THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN WESTFIELD
Ed Alstrom, Organist/Music Director
- 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!
THE HARMONIOUS FIVE DEBUT CD:
"Wanna Hear You Say Yeah!"
"VINTAGE R&B" - see the
EVENTS TAB for more details.
AVAILABLE at CDBABY.COM,
Ed Alstrom (guitar), Dave Keyes (piano), Mark Berger (bass), Frank
Pagano (drums) -
all singing, all the time!
more info on the band!
ED'S ORGAN CD IS AVAILABLE TOO!!!
for purchase at:
- packaged CD
- download of individual tracks or the whole album
- 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
- 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).
Ed finished his 11th season as Weekend Organist at Yankee Stadium.
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.
by the Boulders site and check things out! Most games are broadcast live
on the site.
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