Art Van Damme

Art Van Damme became one of the biggest stars of the 1950s with a 15-minute radio and TV program, a noted role in the NBC orchestra, and many miscellaneous recordings, all-centering on his talents as an accordionist. The accordion seemed an unlikely instrument for producing a star, however during the 1950s, there were more accordion students than piano students. Art was the first to play jazz on the accordion in many clubs and recordings, and created a style that was sought after by many musicians who requested his renowned arrangements for the accordion. Art’s NAMM Oral History interview was completed in Roseville, California on July 10, 2006. 

Interview Date:
July 10, 2006
Date of Birth:
April 9, 1920
Deceased Date:
February 15, 2010
Job Title:
Musician, Accordionist

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