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MP3 Ed Alstrom - Gettin' Organ-ized

Alstrom''s daring and extravagant Hammond approach, coupled with the muscular playing of Charlie Jones on guitar and Don Guinta on drums, brings an highly energetic new slant to the traditional organ trio.

14 MP3 Songs in this album (57:06) !
Related styles: Jazz: Hammond Organ, Blues: Jazzy Blues, Instrumental

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Ed Alstrom''s daring and extravagant Hammond approach, coupled with the muscular playing of Charlie Jones on guitar and Don Guinta on drums, brings an highly energetic new slant to the traditional organ trio. Alstrom is a real organist, not a converted pianist, so he really knows the Hammond and is able to exploit all of its vast tonal resources. And he does so in this, his first solo organ CD.

Ed Alstrom grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Started playing organ at age 5, guitar and bass as a teenager. Didn''t acquire a piano in the Alstrom household until he was 12, at which time his father brought home an old pedal-pump player piano, on which he activated the broken player mechanism by connecting a canister vacuum cleaner and running it in reverse, which caused the piano rolls to play at blinding speed. Young Alstrom found this highly entertaining.

He performed in the requisite rock bands through high school, but also studied church organ and dabbled in every other conceivable type of music. He attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and escaped with a B.M. in Organ Performance, despite playing in disco lounges nearly every night.

Alstrom has performed with Bette Midler, Chuck Berry, Leonard Bernstein, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Fisher, Odetta, Dion, Larry Coryell, Darlene Love, LaLa Brooks, Ronnie Spector, Lou Rawls, Zubin Mehta, Donald Fagan, Uncle Floyd, Al Kooper, Stanley Jordan, Steven Van Zandt, Ben E. King, Cissy Houston, John Lloyd Young (star of ''Jersey Boys'' on Broadway), and many other notables. He has been subbing the keyboards chair at times with the current incarnation of BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS, featuring the great Rob Paparozzi on vocals and harmonica.

His Broadway experience includes a 3-month stint as Interim Associate Conductor on ''Hairspray'' (where he subbed the Key 2 chair regularly), as well as ''Leader Of The Pack (The Ellie Greenwich Musical''), ''Smokey Joe''s Cafe'', ''Taboo'', ''Brooklyn'', and ''Hot Feet''. Off-Broadway, he has been Musical Director for ''Dream A Little Dream (The Mamas & Papas Musical)''; and played the Piano/Keyboard chair for ''Caroline, or Change'', the Tony Kushner-Jeanine Tesori musical.

Alstrom realized a childhood dream in 2004 when he was asked to be the weekend (Sat/Sun) Organist at YANKEE STADIUM, where he filled the seat at the mighty Hammond Colonnade formerly occupied by the great Eddie Layton, who retired after a 37-year stint. From the time he was 9 years old and his father took him to his first Yankee game against the Washington Senators (in which Frank Howard hit a galvanic 500+ ft. home run to cavernous left center off Bill Monboquette, if I recall), young Alstrom heard that organ at the Stadium and said, "I wanna do THAT". He never dreamed he''d actually get to do it!!

In November of 2009, he started a new position as Organist/Choir Director at CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER in Morristown, NJ, and will be heard there at most Sunday morning services at 10:30. (If he''s not there, he''s usually at Yankee Stadium during baseball season).

Alstrom was also at Casio Inc. as the Product Manager for the Keyboard Division for the better part of 16 years. He had design input with Casio''s R&D in Japan with the musical instruments, and composed and arranged a lot of the music that went into them for many years.
That Trine Door Chime you have may have also been programmed by Alstrom. He has also done product demonstrations on QVC and HSN for Yamaha keyboards, and Ion and Silvertone guitars; and has done product reviews for Keyboard Magazine.

He performs regularly in very diverse contexts in the NY/NJ area. See https://www.tradebit.com for details.

Also available on CD Baby:
Acid Cabaret (Haywire 002)
Personnel: Ed Alstrom (piano, vocals); Jeff Ganz (bass); Don Guinta (drums).

I hate to use the words "Award-Winning". but Acid Cabaret actually was! This group attacked the NY Cabaret circuit in 2002-03, and was very favorably reviewed (see the PRESS area of this site), and Alstrom garnered the prestigious Backstage Bistro award and an ASCAP Songwriter Award for this venture. A gut-busting mix of many kinds of music, from Gilbert & Sullivan to Cream.


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