ED ALSTROM
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THINGS COMING UP/GOING ON/ONGOING:



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 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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GIGS:
Every Wednesday (except 11/22 & 29)

Ed solo pno/vcl, 7p~10p
BOONTON STATION 1904
202 Myrtle Avenue, Boonton, NJ
973-917-4500
www.boontonstation.com - reservations not a bad idea

Ed is 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!
No cover, no minimum!

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Sunday, November 12 @ 2:00 PM
Montville Township Public Library
90 Horseneck Road, Montville, New Jersey 07045 - 973-402-0900
FREE - Registration suggested

“I’ll talk a little and I’ll play some tunes…”
A Musical Journey with Ed Alstrom


Ed Alstrom, a longtime Pine Brook resident, shares his vast experiences (some crazy) in many different segments of the
music field. His resume includes Bette Midler, Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan, Church Berry, Odetta, Dion, and
dozens of otherluminaries. He was involved in the design of many Casio Keyboards, won awards as a cabaret performer, conducted shows on and off Broadway, hosted radio shows, and traveled all over the world playing music
and demonstrating products. He’ll also discuss his current jobs as a church and temple musician, as a schoolteacher,
and playing the organ at Yankee Stadium.
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'CARPENTER & KING'
A tribute to the music of Karen Carpenter & Carole King
featuring Annie Masciandaro with Deb De Lucca

Saturday, December 2 - 8:00pm
BRIX RESTAURANT & PIZZA BAR
371 S Franklin Ave, Belleville, NJ - 973.751.7001
No cover!
brixrestaurantnj.com

Saturday, December 9 - 8:00pm
The Roxbury Performing Arts Center
72 Eyland Ave, Succasunna, NJ 07876
$25 online, $30 day of show
roxburyartsalliance.org


This is a loving and really well-thought out and performed tribute to the music of two of the greatest female pop singers of all time. Annie sings the Karen Carpenter stuff (and plays drums too!), and Deb does the Carole King stuff (and plays piano!). I will be there with a synthesizer filling in the rest of the parts as best I can and singing Richard's parts - it's just the 3 of us at Brix, a bigger band at Roxbury.
More gigs with them to come. You will love hearing all of these monster hits sung by these two lovely ladies!

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Sunday, December 10 - 4:00pm
Ed plays the Mighty Allen Organ
Milton United Methodist Church
316 Dover-Milton Rd, Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
973.697.3194
$20.00/ticket
www.miltonumc.net/ministries/music/wesley-stage/

This is the third time Ed has done an organ concert at the lovely church. This one will be all holiday music!
The organ is a realtively new Aleen Digital, which is distinguished by its ability to function authentically as both
a church organ and a theater organ! Ed will amply demonstrate the capabilities of each.

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Ed backs the great BETTYE LAVETTE!

I'm a lucky guy! I get to play piano for one of the world's last remaining true soul singers, and one of the
greatest song interptreters ever, and a great friend to boot.
This show is called "An Intimate Evening with Bettye Lavette', and it is just her and me!
Dates throughout December are:

DEC 16 - Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington, NY

DEC 17 - Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis, MD

DEC 22 - Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ


Visit www.facebook.com/pg/bettyelavette/events for more info.

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YANKEE BASEBALL!!!

Ed just completed 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 BOULDERS BASEBALL too!!!

Ed provided organ at Saturday home 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!

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 12/7/17