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June 13, 2013

Musician's 100th birthday to be celebrated

Proceeds from concert will be donated to the Al Gallodoro Music Memorial Fund

ONEONTA — The B-Side Ballroom and Supper Club at 1 Clinton Plaza in Oneonta will host the Gallodoro 100th Birthday Bash featuring New York City saxophonist Chad E. Smith at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20.

During a professional career spanning nine decades, Alfred J. Gallodoro played his saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet in all forms and venues of music — from vaudeville houses to New Orleans speak-easies, from night clubs to symphonies, and from Carnegie Hall to international jazz festivals. 

His longest association (nearly four decades) was with the “King of Jazz” Paul Whiteman, where Gallodoro played lead first alto sax, as well as clarinet and bass clarinet for the orchestra. He also performed classical music as well as jazz under numerous well-known conductors. Gallodoro maintained an active performance, recording and teaching schedule until his death in October 2008. 

For this event, Smith will play Gallodoro’s instruments. He will perform, in Gallodoro’s jazz style, Hora Staccato, “Harlem Nocturne, and “Carnival of Venice.”

Also featured will be Albert Hamme, professor emeritus at Binghamton University, a woodwind artist, producer, arranger and composer has performed with the orchestras of Les Elgart, Sammy Kaye, Jimmy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo and Gallodoro.

Smith studied with Gallodoro from 2005 to 2007, driving from New York City to Oneonta for the lessons. Smith has shared the stage with Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Pizzarelli, Frankie Valli, Bernadette Peters and Audra Macdonald and more, been featured on television and played in several Broadway orchestras.

He has taught saxophone and woodwinds at Messiah College, Nazareth College and West Morris Central High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from West Chester University where he was a student of Ted Hegvik who was a protégé, of Rudy Wiedoeft, a contemporary Al Gallodoro during the 1930s.

Hamme is also a founding member of the Presbybop Quartet, a jazz quartet that specializes in jazz music for worship. He has recorded with Slam Stewart, Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Peter Appleyard, Richard Wyands, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Tony Marino, Mike Holober, Sherrie Maricle, Ann Chamberlain, Steve Gilmore, Steve Brown, Tom Whaley, Bill Carter , Fred Hersh, Jeff Stockham , Ron Vincent, Gene Bertoncini and can be heard on National Public Radio with Slam Stewart and Frank Wess.

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