Second album. Another collection of hair-raising, spine-tingling and heart-breaking songs from past and present, including Victor Young's "Street of Dreams" and Doc Pomus's "Lonely Avenue."
Concept and repertoire: Gert-Jan Blom. Cover design by Piet Schreuders.
Produced by Emile Elsen, Jakob Klaasse, Gert-Jan Blom
13-track Album. Released in 1986. Click on album cover to enter iTunes Music Store.
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Now a long tradition (since 1984) The Parade today still is a traveling fringe festival for contemporary theater and music, accompanied by kooky amusements, good food and drink.
In the early days The Boulevard of Broken Dreams Orchestra (a 16 piece formation) played the famous Mirror Tent every night during the yearly festival period only. Founded by Gert-Jan Blom, they performed the Great American Songbook.
Gert-Jan also played in The Izzies and The Beau Hunks with whom he did various projects and recorded at least 20 albums. Among others: Edward McDowell`s “Woodland Sketches”. Written in 1896 as a collection of mood pieces for the piano, this suite was newly orchestrated by Lucas Asselbergs for woodwinds and strings. This album was originally recorded in the period when the orchestra recorded their albums for Idiot Records and due for release on Idiot’s sublabel PickUp Records. The Gangbusters (the rhythm section of the BOBD) first album was released on PickUp.
How Gert-Jan seems to be able to stay out of the spotlight is nicely illustrated in this internet Blog: In search of Gert-Jan Blom