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



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Ed Alstrom is the Music Program Coordinator at
CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Montclair, NJ, as of September 11, 2016.

At this beautiful and historic church in the heart of Montclair, Ed will be playing their magnificent E.M. Skinner/Austin pipe organ and Steinway piano, directing their choirs, and facilitating greater congregational involvement in the music program. Come and check out a Sunday service at 10am!

Hear the music by clicking here!

46 Park St. (corner of Claremont), Montclair, NJ 07042


Ed is (naturally!) a HAMMOND ORGAN Endorsing Artist!
Check out his profile at http://hammondorganco.com/artists/organ-and-leslie-artists/ed-alstrom/



Most TUESDAYS from 6p~9p:
Ed with Joe Sharone at THE CLASSIC QUICHE CAFE
330 Queen Anne Rd, Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 692-0150

Ed gets a rare opportunity to play just plain old straight-up jazz with the fantastic Joe Sharone on guitar, who happens to own this wonderful restaurant with his wife Charlene.
A beautiful mellow hang and great healthy food. BYOB. Call to see if Ed is playing; Joe is, regardless.


Sunday, November 4, 830p ~ 1230a
400 US 46, Little Falls, NJ

Goodness, what a band! The amazing Charlie Jones on guitar/vocals, Phil Butler on bass, Marco Giovino on drums,
and Ed on keyboards. At one of the greatest venues anywhere!


Coming up on the evening of Sunday, November 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm:

The World Premiere of Edward Alstrom's latest cantata for choir and jazz band
with the CPC Choir and Guests, soloists, and rhythm section.
46 Park St. (corner of Claremont), Montclair, NJ

Admission Free (free will offering will be taken)


Ed has written music to 11 of the poems by the obscure and eccentric Victorian-era poet Digby Mackworth Dolben (1848-1867), who left a significant body of work and a great deal of promise before his untimely death in a drowning accident in 1867 at the tender age of 19. The music recalls the rich genre of 1970's progressive jazz, and has a lot of advanced harmonies.

Ed's recently performed cantata, PURPLE DUSK AT THE MARGINS, can be viewed here.


... and at the same place the following Sunday, November 18 at 5:00 p.m.


A new concert series (we hope).
MUSIC Made in New Jersey
100% Original Jersey Singers, Songwriters & Instrumentalists
November 18 at 5:00 p.m. - ADMISSION FREE!

Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair (corner of Park and Claremont)

"The guy sitting at the next table had his composition performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra. The woman in line at the grocery store just released her fourth cd. The Sunday morning choir director plays the organ at Yankee Stadium Sunday afternoons." Who knew?

Great original music is created by your New Jersey neighbors! Come see and hear the talented artists who live and work right here in the Garden State when they’re not on tour. Jane Stuart, Joe Sharone, Dave Rimelis, Ed Alstrom, Kirk Woodward, John Straus, and Barbara Sabella are the songwriters who will be performing for you. 

Join us for what’s sure to be a fabulous event! Free-will offerings accepted.



Ed finished his 15th season tickling the ivories of the mighty HAMMOND ELEGANTE at YANKEE STADIUM, on Saturdays, Sundays, and some weekdays here and there.
A 15-minute spot about an hour before game time, and of course, rousing renditions of "Happy Birthday" in the middle of the 6th, and "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" in the middle of the 7th (all 45,000 fans singing lustily along!!).

Info about the team, of course, is at www.yankees.com



Wanna Hear You Say Yeah!

AVAILABLE ON CDBABY, AMAZON, and iTUNES (click on the one you want, and it willll take you to the link)
you can also visit www.harmoniousfive.com for more info on the band

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

The Harmonious 5 are pleased to present their debut album. Their passion for "vintage R&B" is displayed in these grooves, and an irresistible energy and danceable beat is maintained throughout. These fellows from New Jersey sing and play their instruments (simultaneously) with a "joie de vivre" which we hope will bring you great joy in listening and partying.

Produced by The Harmonious Five
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Mark Berger

1 The Real Thing (Lowman Pauling)
2 Down in the Alley (Jesse Stone)
3 Truck & Trailer (Aaron Collins, Jr.)
4 Go Ahead and Burn (Robert 'Bob' Moore)
5 Idol With The Golden Head (Leiber, Stoller)
6 Greasy Chicken (Andre Williams)
7 Miss Sticks (Raymond Lewis, Naomi Neville)
8 Move Mr. Man (Rebecca Nichols, Berry Gordy, Jr.)
9 Johnny Little (Chris Kenner)
10 Thing-A-Ma-Jig (Christopher Harris Jr.)
11 I Got To Learn To Mambo (Syd Wyche, Joyce Bennett)
12 Put A Chain On It (Andre Williams)
13 Miss Sticks Again (Raymond Lewis, Naomi Neville)
14 Don't Be Ashamed (Lowman Pauling)
15 Young Blood (J. Leiber, M. Stoller, J. Pomus)
16 Thirty Second Lover (Lowman Pauling)
17 Sent Up (Lance Finnie, Mack Rice)

LEAD VOCALS: FP (track 5), MB (track 10), DK (track 15), EA (all others)


This is Ed's first CD featuring him on Hammond Organ, and here he is joined by the prodigious talents of Charlie Jones on guitar and Don Guinta on drums. The material is mostly originals by Ed, with a couple by Charlie, and 3 cover songs.
Musically, it's all over the map (if you know Ed, you'd probably expect that it would be), and attempts to operate within the grand organ trio tradition while infusing it with a rawness and energy not always heard in that bag.

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

Tempted? Wanna hear some? Click below for a sample of the first cut:
"Smokers Hack"

revised 10/19/18






Thursday, March 29
MLB Opening Day, and Ed played Hammond Organ on MLB CENTRAL!

For more info, click here

For the fourth straight year, Ed played organ in and out of commercial breaks (and more) on MLB Network's
opening day morning show, "MLB CENTRAL" from 10a to Noon EST



"Wanna Hear You Say Yeah!"

"VINTAGE R&B" - see the EVENTS TAB for more details.

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!



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


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

- Ed provides organ music for the 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 served for a brief time as Organist/Music Director at CALDWELL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH in Caldwell, NJ. Visit them at caldwellchurch.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 ninth 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.

- YANKEE BASEBALL! Ed is in his 15th season as Weekend Organist at Yankee Stadium.

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


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 7/2/18