Sunday, June 22, 2008


UPDATE: Al played brilliantly to a packed house at his birthday celebration. On the way home, we listened to his new CD (of a 1969 performance) and he sounds as good as he did 40 years ago.

On Saturday, June 21, the Sego Cafe (291 Main St., Oneonta, NY) will reopen for one night only: Al Gallodoro will be entertaining guests at from 8pm to 11pm on the occasion of this 95th birthday. Doors open at 7pm. There will be a $9.50 cover charge which includes your first drink. Joining Al will be long-time piano accompanist, JoAnn Bertone Chmielowski, Larry Trott on Bass, and Lou Colone on drums, and other fine guest musicians. Doors will open at 7PM. Appetizers will be available (and of course birthday cake will be served). No reservations accepted, first come, first served.

This special evening will also celebrate the release of a new CD, A MOMENT IN TIME, which captures a live performance Al made in Birmingham Alabama in 1969.

Al Gallodoro holds the distinction of of playing more on-the-air live clarinet and saxophone solos than other player in history. Beginning his career at the age of 13, he has played for Vaudeville to Symphonies, Carnegie Hall to small cafes, from Europe's North Sea to New Orleans Jazz Festivals, and even continues the live radio performances he was known for during his long career to this day. And even more amazingly, at 95 he is one of the longest continually performing musicians in the world. As a member of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, radio staff orchestras, and playing under the batons of Arturo Toscanini and Leopold Stokowski, and more currently, conductor Steven S. Richman, in addition to freelance work, Gallodoro's fine playing, the majority of it taken from live performances, has been included on countless recordings.

Gallodoro's latest CD, A Moment In Time captures a live performance made in 1969, at the Roma Country Club in Birmingham Alabama. A southern flair, credited to Al Gallodoro's Birmingham and New Orleans roots and the Mediterranean influence of his Sicilian heritages gives this live concert a unique spark. At the pinnacle of clarinet and saxophone technique, Gallodoro achieves a seemingly impossible flow of double and triple tonguing, with phrasing that is embellished in a highly ornate, yet understandable style. This melodically dazzling evening on saxophone and clarinet will enchant the listener with its Minute Waltz, jazz standards, as well as ethnic pieces such as the Beer Barrel Polka and When Irish Eyes are Smiling. What particularly stands out is Al's "My Father's Italian Polka", which he never knew the name for, so he has titled it as such, in memory of Antonio Gallodoro. without written music, the melody was passed to Al, then a young child in Birmingham, by his father, himself a clarinet player. The CD will transport the listener right into a steamy southern country club evening.

The CD will be available at the concert and at Al's web-site A Moment in Time was produced by Oneonta based Chmusic Productions, a small local independent production company co-owned by JoAnn Chmielowski and Al Gallodoro, recordings courtesy of Golden Rooster Records. Chmusic Productions has the distinction of producing many of Al Gallodoro's finest older recordings with the expertise of Dryhill Studio's engineer Andris Balins, who specializes in preservation and remastering. Dryhill Studios is also located in Oneonta, New York.

Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to witness yet another live Gallodoro performance!

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