An Institution in the Community
Pastore Music Inc has been a fixture in the music community since 1939. It got its start when Jerry’s grandfather Dominic established it in the same building it still occupies on 32nd street near busy Bergenline Avenue. At that time, it offered music instruction and accordion sales.
Over the years, Pastore began selling other instruments (string, brass, keyboards) and audio equipment and lighting, added repair services, and developed a sound division focused on sound systems consulting and installations. More recently the Music School on the 3rd floor has been newly renovated, and helping artists from all skill levels to sharpen their skills and become better Musicians.
Now 55, Jerry started in the stockroom at age 13, was running the business at 18, and purchased it from his father, Robert, when he was 27. Jerry became the 3rd generation Pastore, and his Son, Justin, makes it the 4th Generation to be in the store.
Jerry’s late brother, David, dealt with Capricorn records, and had many iconic bands comes through our doors. Blue Oyster Cult, Peter Frampton, Charlie Daniels, the Allman Brothers, Kiss, Johnny and Edgar Winters, and the Outlaws, just to name a few, have all been a part of our history.
No one’s been there longer than in-house luthier (a creator and repairer of stringed instruments) Ronaldo Orlandoni. A recognized name within the music industry for instrument repair/restoration and for crafting custom guitars played by top musicians such as KISS, Julio Fernandez from Spryo Gyra, and Carlos Santana just to name a few. He joined Pastore as a part-time accordion repairer nearly 50 years ago after emigrating from Italy where he had apprenticed at guitar factories. Maestro Orlandoni became the driving force behind Pastore’s full-service instrument repair shop and custom guitar manufacturing.📷