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ART VAN DAMME

 

Art Van Damme, a legendary jazz musician has given the Accordion a whole new unique sound that is
internationally recognized. He has combined the Accordion with Guitar and Vibes, and a rhythm section of Bass and Drums, thus creating a unique sound, and with the harmonic melodies and jazz rhythms they produce, truly separated them from any other musical group.

 

In 1944, Art made his first recording on the Music Craft label. He joined the NBC staff in Chicago in
1945, and spent 15 years doing Radio and TV Shows. Art with his Quintet worked with many top
entertainers such as Dave Garraway, Hugh Downs, Ranson Sherman, Howard Miller, Bob and Kay, and
Dennis James. The Quintet did a number of spots for top singers and instrumentalist, such as Ella
Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Buddy De Franco, and Dizzy Gillespie.

Art has recorded 42 Albums plus a number of Singles on 45-RPM and 78-RPM records. His recordings
were on various labels such as Capital, Columbia, and MPS of West Germany. Some of the top artists
that recorded with Art were Johnny Smith, Joe Pass, Joe Stafford, Francis Bergman, the Dinning Sisters,
and Harry James. In an effort to create a new sound for the Accordion, Art recorded several Albums
where he combined the Accordion with Strings, Brass, Flutes, and with the vocal group, Singers
Unlimited.

Art has made 37 trips to Europe and Australia, where he did live concerts, and appeared as a guest
performer on Radio and TV. He has also appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the Mike
Douglas Show, the Lawrence Welk Show, and the Dinah Shore Show. His nightclub work included the Desert Inn in Las Vegas, Sahara in LakeTahoe, Beneventure Hotel in Montreal, Bayshore Hotel in
Vancouver, Harrah's in Reno, and Disney World in Florida.

Besides having the group in the top ten instrumental categories for many years in Billboard,
Metroname, and Playboy Magazine Polls, Art Van Damme was voted Top Jazz Accordionist in
Downbeat Magazine's Polls for ten consecutive years. He was also voted Top Accordionist in
Contemporary Keyboard Magazine from 1976 to 1980. The five-year dominance of C.K. Polls has put
Art in the " Gallery of Greats". Plus, the Quintet made more transcriptions than any other small group, including 139 individual quarter-hour shows for RCA Thesaurus and also many commercial spots.

Art Van Damme is undoubtedly one of the finest virtuosos of the instrument. He is to the Accordion
what Benny Goodman is to the Clarinet. His precise control of the bellows that has allowed him to
accent every note on the instrument along with his stunning technique he extracts, gives him such a unique sound that it is hard to believe your hearing an Accordion. He has done more in helping to recognize the Accordion as a jazz instrument than any other performer. Many of us truly believe, he is the World's Greatest Jazz Accordionist.

 

 

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