With aplomb, Jerry
Nagano put the Great Theatre Pipe Organ of the Arlington through its
paces with selections from movies throughout the 20th
century finishing up the first half with a long medley of virtually
every song from The Wizard
of Oz. Jerry made a very realistic cyclone roar on the organ as
to the Happy Farmer selection from the Wizard of Oz. Jerry
made wonderful use of the Wonder-Morton's solo voices.
The concert 2nd
half moved into music of the 50's and made use of the piano to play
be-bop selections, then finishing up with Wind Beneath My Wings as a
tribute to John Oien.
Jerry Nagano was born and raised in the Los Angeles area where he began his musical training at age ten. From the very beginning the movies played a major role in his musical life. It was because of attending a silent movie show accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer that Jerry took an interest in the organ. After instruction on electronic organ for a period, he had a chance to study with organist Gaylord Carter, the very person who played for that silent film years before.
During his college years, Jerry was also the organist at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium playing their fabulous Moller Pipe organ.
Upon moving to Northern California, Jerry became a member of the staff of the Stanford Theater in Palo Alto where classic Hollywood is screened nightly with intermissions performed on the Mighty Wurlitzer. For ten years he was the featured artist at the famed Ye Olde Pizza Joynt in the Bay Area, home of the “Wurlitzer in the Pizza Parlor” concept.
Aside from a very busy musical life, during the day Jerry is a Senior Computer Systems Engineer for Stanford University.
Past concerts and
Scott Harrison from
Australia and Chris Nichols from Berkeley (NorCal) visit the Arlington
and Scott plays the Great Theatre Pipe Organ of the Arlington for over
four hours. Click here for
story and pictures.
Dennis James accompanies Buster Keaton in the short "College" and the full-length feature "Paleface", 15 March 2008, click here.
Dennis James accompanies Charlie Chaplin in "Gold Rush", 14 October
2007, click here.
Dennis James, the Buster Keaton short "The Balloonatic", and the full length Keaton feature "The Navigator", Saturday, 19 February 2005, click here.
Concert, Saturday, 3 April
2004, Click here.
Dennis James and the Douglas Fairbanks silent movie "The Black Pirate", 24 January 2004, click here
Saint Saens Organ Concerto with David Potter, organist and the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gisele Ben Dor, 18 & 19 October 2003, click here.Simon Gledhill concert, 20 September 2003, Click here.