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Remembering The Man Who Made The Accordion Swing

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, February 22, 2010
When you think of the accordion, you might think of polka bands and French cafes.  But one man proved the accordion also had a place in jazz, and that the big, bulky instrument could definitely swing. 

Art Van Damme enjoyed a long and celebrated career, performing with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, before moving to Roseville several years ago. He died on February 15th at the age of 89.  Capital Public Radio’s Paul Conley prepared this remembrance.

A group of local musicians who worked with Art Van Damme frequently over the past decade will perform a tribute concert on April 9th, Art's 90th birthday, at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.  For ticket information, call (209) 333-5550.

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