[JPL] ALFRED J. GALLODORO, musician, 95

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ALFRED J. GALLODORO, musician, 95


Alfred J. Gallodoro, birth name Fortunato Gallodoro, musician, 95 (Born June
20, 1913) passed away peacefully  Oct 4, 2008 due to complications of a very
old age. Having lived an extraordinarily rich life, he leaves behind the
legacy of his music and the distinction of having been one of the world's
longest continually active performing musicians. Starting his professional
career at the age of 13, and having had his last performance at the Corning
Jazz and Harvest Festival on September 20, 2008 his professional career
spanned over an amazing nine decades. Born in Chicago to Antonio and Frances
Gallodoro, Al spent his childhood years in Alabama and New Orleans, with
most of his later career spent in New York City. He relocated to Oneonta,
New York in 1981 where he lived until his death.


Alfred J. Gallodoro played his saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet with
his great strength lying in his technique, gorgeous tone and moving
expressiveness. He appeared in all forms and venues of music - - - from
vaudeville houses to New Orleans speak-easies, from nightclubs to
symphonies, and from Carnegie Hall to more recently, international jazz
festivals.  (New Orleans Jazz Festival to the North Sea at The Hague, and
Breda Jazz Festivals in Holland!) His longest association (nearly four
decades) was with the King of Jazz Paul Whiteman, where Gallodoro played
lead 1st alto sax, as well as clarinet and bass clarinet for the orchestra.
Hence, the nickname, Triple Threat! At Al's death, his brother Frank remains
the only surviving member of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Gallodoro was a
regularly featured front stage soloist on live broadcasts spanning from the
1930's through the 1970's, and even continued those live radio performances
up until May of 2008 with regular appearances on Public Radio Stations
including WSKG, and WAMC.


Gallodoro performed classical music as well as jazz under famed conductors
Isham Jones, Arturo Toscanini, Leopold Stokowski, Alfredo Antonini, Leonard
Bernstein, Andre Kostelanetz., Johnny Green, Tutti Camarata, Arthur Fiedler,
Percy Faith, Skitch Henderson and Dr. Frank Black. George Gershwin, Victor
Borge, Dina Shore, Sid Caesar, Raphael Mendez, Les Paul, Bob Hope, Edgar
Bergen, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Mario Lanza, Frank Sinatra and Milton
Berle are amongst some of the greats he appeared with. He also recorded
countless movie and cartoon soundtracks. He also had music composed for him,
with the most notable piece being the Gallodoro Serenade. Recently recorded
in 2004, the piece was written in 1958 by composer Ferde Grofè.


AL GALLODORO was featured in 2002 on CBS Sunday Morning, and has also been
the topic of a PBS documentary, the Al Gallodoro Story.  In 2005 Alfred J.
Gallodoro received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Hartwick College in
recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary achievement in music performance
and teaching. His admirers include more than just saxophone aficionados - -
-- he recently appeared twice at Cornell University's Weill Medical College
for concerts and as the subject of an extensive interview on longevity and
vitality.  Holding the distinction of having the worlds record for the most
performances of the clarinet slide in Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue (OVER
10,000 TIMES), Gallodoro was called upon in April 2006 to perform and record
the piece in NYC with the Grammy-nominated, Harmonie Ensemble Orchestra,
under conductor Steven Richman.  A classical vein ran throughout Gallodoro's
art of improvisation and interpretation of jazz. Perhaps it was this unique
ability to effortlessly bridge both the idioms of jazz and classical music
that so endears him to such a broad variety of fans young and old. Unmatched
in his virtuosity, even at 95 years young, Gallodoro continued to thrill his
listeners with his impeccable musicianship and incredible mastery of his
instruments.  He can arguably be regarded as the greatest saxophone/clarinet
virtuoso in history. Al Gallodoro was a life member of the American
Federation of Musicians Union Local 443, Oneonta, New York, local 802, New
York, NY, and 369, Las Vegas, Nevada.


With 8 CDs and a music video to his credit, as well as numerous recordings
with other artists, Al Gallodoro was also an independent producer of his own
music under Chmusic Productions/Golden Rooster Records. With a bit of
Southern flair, credited to his Birmingham and New Orleans roots, the
Mediterranean influence of his Sicilian heritage, and the sounds attributed
to nearly six decades of working in New York City, Dr. Alfred J. Gallodoro
(born June 20, 1913) will remain absolutely inimitable! For more information
on Al Gallodoro go to his website at www.algallodoro.com


He is survived by daughters Mary Bruggeman, Joann Gallodoro, Alice
Gallodoro, and brother Frank Gallodoro, sisters Frances Nyhan and Catherine
Gagliano, as well as 18 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 8
great-great grandchildren. And by his manager, piano & friend Joann
Chmielowski and dear grandson, producer and best friend Kevin Wood.


He was predeceased by his wife Mary, his son Alfred, daughter Rita, sister
Marie and brother Peter.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, October 9th from 1 to 3 pm and 6 to 9
pm at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St.,Oneonta, NY.
The Celebration of of Al's Life Funeral service will be Friday, October 10th
11 am at the Oneonta Theatre, on Chestnut St in Oneonta, new York with
Allison Bookhout, officiating.
Immediately following the service a reception will be held at the Holiday
Inn in Oneonta. 

 

Chmusic Productions/ www.chmusicproductions.com
JoAnn BertoneChmielowski/manager 60-434-0798
AL GALLODORO QUARTET/ www.algallodoro.com
POLISH MOSES TRIO/ www.polishmoses.com
FROMAGE A TROIS with Davey Joe (DJ) Potter
THE TRIPLE CROSSERS

 


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