ED ALSTROM
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THINGS COMING UP/GOING ON/ONGOING:



Ed Alstrom has been appointed 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 fabulous 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!

CENTRAL PRESBYETRIAN CHURCH
46 Park St. (corner of Claremont), Montclair, NJ 07042
www.centralpresbyterian.net
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Ed is now serving as an Assistant Conductor and Accompanist with
CONTINUO ARTS FOUNDATION

Ed is now working with Dr. Candace Wicke at her fabulous foundation!
The Continuo Arts Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals, communities and cultures through music. Supporting music education and musicians, Continuo Arts offers New Jersey's most comprehensive Intergenerational Choral Program inclusive of children through adult, senior citizens to professionals. The Continuo Arts Foundation is known for providing all-encompassing and unforgettable local, national and international musical experiences in concerts, classes, workshops and throughout the education spectrum; leading to a life-long love and support of the arts. Working in partnership with members, patrons, corporate and private sponsors, the Continuo Arts Foundation makes possible the education, performance and composition of music in ways which might otherwise be considered too unique or too expensive to be ordinarily under taken; giving precedence to considerations of quality over those of quantity; to artistic rather than to economic values and to opportunity over expediency.
A 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, more information can be found at www.continuoarts.com.


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Ed has stepped down from his radio programs on WFDU-FM 89.1

It became necessary for me to leave my volunteer duties at WFDU due to other commitments, effective November 28, 2016.
Starting in 2011, I was serving as Associate Music Director and fill-in show host at WFDU for almost a year, and had served as co-host and producer on Mike Stokes'"BIG APPLE COUNTRY" program.
Then, in October of 2012, I corralled a show of my own called ROOT 891, specializing in ROOTS/AMERICANA music, which ran for a little over a year.
"GOT SOUL" debuted on November 25, 2013, and aired every Monday afternoon from 1:00 ~ 4:00pm on the internet and on terrestrial radio. Kevin Kiley joined me on the show, and contributed greatly with his vast knowledge of soul music for over two years. My last broadcast was November 28, 2016.
'THE MIGHTY ORGAN' debuted on September 8, 2014, and ran a little over two years.
I greatly cherished my time at WFDU-FM, and thank everyone involved for their support. WFDU is a great station, and I hope to continue to sub programs occasionally, and possibly return to regular broadcasting sometime in the future.

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

Every Wednesday - Ed solo, 7:30p~11:30p
Saturday, March 18 - Ed with CHARLIE JONES (8:30~11:30p)
BOONTON STATION 1904
202 Myrtle Avenue, Boonton, NJ
973-917-4500
www.boontonstation.com - reservations not a bad idea

Ed will be at this fairly new and very lovely restaurant and bar every Wednesday solo. It has terrific food. It's a real historic train station, built in 1904, newly renovated. There are a couple of dining rooms, a cozy bar (where the music is), and an outdoor patio right next to the train tracks!
Ed will be there occasdionally on Saturdays as well (check here for details).
This Saturday adds the wonderful CHARLIE JONES on guitar and vocals!
No cover, no minimum!

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Saturday, March 25 - 5:30 and 8:00pm
'Ed plays the WONDER MORTON Theater Organ at LOEW'S JERSEY CITY!

You never heard such sounds in your life! The insanely wonderful Wonder Morton Theater Organ at Loew's Jersey City. I get to play it on Saturday 3/25, to open up for two classic movies: 'Seven Days in May' and 'Dr. Strangelove', both from 1964; one about 'an American President stubbornly going ahead with foreign policy plans that some consider foolish and reckless', and the other 'about what could happen if the wrong person at the wrong moment pushed the wrong button'.

Hmm, what to play for these? Come find out. Info at the site below. I start playing at 5:30 for the 6pm show, and 8:00 for the 8:30 movie.,,

http://loewsjersey.org/calendar/

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Monday, April 3 - 10a to noon
Ed plays Hammond Organ on MLB CENTRAL!



For more info, click here

For the third straight year, Ed will play organ in and out of commercial breaks (and more) on MLB's opening day morning show, "MLB CENTRAL", with hosts Matt Vasgersian, Mark DeRosa and Lauren Shehadi.

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YANKEE BASEBALL!!!

Ed will be starting his 14th 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


- And now BOULDERS BASEBALL too!!!

Ed provides organ at many games for the 2014 CAN-AM CHAMPION ROCKLAND BOULDERS.
The Boulders play at the
beautiful new Palisades Credit Union 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

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CDs:

THE HARMONIOUS FIVE CD:

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)


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ED'S ORGAN CD IS AVAILABLE TOO!!!



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"
(mp3)

revised 3/15/17