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 "My life with the Accordion" by Ronald E. Hodgson - Chapters 1,2 & 3

"My Life With The Accordion" by Ronald E. Hodgson Ron Hodgson - 1958 Ron Hodgson - 2008I began playing the accordion when I was seven years old. I received an accordion for Christmas 1935.

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Mickey Mouse plays Accordion !
Mar., 15, 2007
Lots of famous people play accordions. Including Mickey Mouse !

This is a vintage postcard for sale on Ebay.

Link: Ebay Shop - Mickey Mouse

Button Keyboard Accordion
Mar., 15, 2007
I play accordion, but strictly of the piano accordion kind. When it comes to button accordions they just baffle me. The layouts of the buttons are frequently bizarre.

However from the look of this button accordion I should be able to play it as the buttons are clearly laid out in a piano style. Perhaps this is more common than I've previously thought, I'll need to find out more about this subject.

Chromatic Piano Accordion
Mar., 15, 2007
This appeared on Ebay in the US recently but didn't sell (the starting bid was $499)

Look carefully at the piano keyboard for a surprise... yes there are two rows of buttons !

The auction says that it is made by Universal Detroit.

The only other such instruments like this that I've seen are at Karlssons Accordeon Museum.

Link: Previously on Squeezytunes - Karlssons Accordeon Museum


Blaupunkt Accordion Poster
Mar., 15, 2007
This one is quite an expensive collectible, but pretty spectacular.

The Blind Girl
Mar., 15, 2007
A bit of culture to start the weekend.

This is 'The Blind Girl' by the pre-raphaelite painter Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896). The original is in the Birmingham Musuem & Art Gallery.

Interesting New Bandoneon
Mar., 15, 2007
Harry Geuns is a Dutch collector and builder of mainly bandoneons but also a few other interesting instruments.I'm particularly interested in his latest offering which is a hybrid bandoneon that actually appears to have a button layout that seems to make some sense (to me at least). It's actually built in China which means the price is much less than Harry's other bandoneons.Also worth checking out is Harry's collection which includes some fantastic and beautiful looking vintage instruments.Harry Geun's Bandoneon Site
Accordion Museum
Mar., 15, 2007
Karlsson's Accordeon Museum in Sweden is an accordion museum like any other...
except they have some of the most amazing accordeons I've ever seen !



Link: Karlssons Accordeon Museum
Bandoneon
Mar., 15, 2007
Bandoneons are the squeezebox of choice for tango. Astor Piazzola played Zero Settes but this one looks as though it might be in the same sort of league.It's a 1930s ELA Bandoneon.Ebay auction: BandoneonUpdate: Sold for 400 
The Queen of Sound
Mar., 15, 2007
Now this is an exciting accordion.Most pre-war accordions aren't really all that good, but a few are.This one was valued at 1000 back in 1982. It was made in Castelfidardo (the cradle of accordion masterworks) in the late 1800s. Jimmy Shand played it in the 70s and said it was the best sounding accordion he had ever played. I would love a go on this !Update: Bids reached 132, but not the reserve. Unsold.
I then think it was sold privately.
140 Bass Accordion
Mar., 15, 2007
Most websites on accordions will tell you that they come in varying sizes going from just a few bass buttons all the way up to full-size which is 120.However there are a few accordions that have 140 buttons, like this handsome Dallape.Ebay auction: 140 Button AccordionUpdate: received no bids - unsold. Perhaps the starting price of 2000 had something to do with it !
St Audries Bay Accordion Events 2007
Mar., 15, 2007
An accordionaholic week in Beautiful Somerset!
March 31st  / April 4th  -   John Leslie Tuition Week 
July 14th / 21st         -   Summer Accordion Week 
September 1st /  8th   - John Leslie Tuition Week 

Further details/booking forms from Mary Randle

Tel:- 01984 - 632515
 
St Audries Bay Holiday Club
West Quantoxhead
Nr Minehead
Somerset TA4 4DY

Fax: (01984) 632785
Directions:-By Car: Leave the M5 motorway at either Junction 23 or 25.
From Junction 23 follow the A39 through Bridgwater towards Minehead, and St. Audries will be posted on the right, about 15 miles from Bridgwater.From Junction 25 follow the A358 through Taunton to Williton, then follow the A39 towards Bridgwater. After about 3 miles, St. Audries Bay will be signposted on your left.Distances by road: Cardiff - 87mls, Bristol - 60mls, Reading - 135mls, Nottingham -194mls, Liverpool - 233mls, Birmingham -137mls.By Coach or Rail: The National Coach Company provide a regular service to both Minehead and Taunton. The nearest British Rail station is at Taunton connecting with a regular bus service direct to Williton. We can arrange for a taxi to collect you from Taunton or Williton at an extra charge
Accordion - born 1822
Mar., 15, 2007
Many people have requested basic information on the history of the accordion, so, while many of you are quite familiar with the background of the accordion, we thought we would provide this brief outline tracking the beginnings of the accordion.

While the accordion itself came onto the scene in the early 1800's, we can track the history of its components back much further. Thousands of years ago in fact, to China.

The SHENG is one of the oldest Chinese musical instruments. The instrument existed as far back as 3,000 years ago.

The Sheng consists of 13-17 bamboo pipes with different lengths that are mounted together onto a base. The base is traditionally a gourd-shaped, wooden wind-chest with each bamboo pipe having a free reed. Sound is produced by blowing and sucking the air through a metal tube connected to the base. From the base the air then rushes through the other pipes.

A player determines the notes to play by allowing the air to rush through selected pipes while pressing on selected keys near the base. By covering two or more holes on various pipes, chords are possible, being a typical technique used in most regional orchestras of China. The SHENG is used as both a solo and accompaniment instrument.

By virtue of its construction, this is the only Chinese musical instrument in the Chinese orchestra capable of playing up to six notes simultaneously. It is therefore commonly called as the "Chinese mouth organ" by westerners.

The Sheng is also the first musical instrument in the world utilizing a "coupled acoustical system," between an air column and a free reed.

While the Chinese were blowing their sheng, the Greeks and the Egyptians were pumping their bellows.

Archaeologists have unearthed sculptured representations of musicians playing bellow-operated instruments. One thing led to another, and by medieval times there were two well-known instruments called the Portative and the Regal. Both had bellows and a keyboard, and were in these respects, related to the accordion. Neither had the typical accordion sound however, which is created by the vibration of a free reed. It was from the Sheng that the free reed principle was derived.

The Sheng could have been brought to Europe by missionaries returning from the Orient or even by the Crusaders returning from the Holy Wars.

Whichever route it took, destiny would bring the Sheng to Berlin in 1822. It was here that the bellows and keyboard of the Greeks joined the reeds of the Chinese Sheng at the hands of one Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann when he built a melodic instrument with button-type keys and a push-pull bellows which he called the Hondaoline.

By 1829, some seven years later, Cyrillus Demian from Austria was producing and selling an improved version, a diatonic push-pull instrument with two to four bass and chord buttons on the left side and up to 15 melody buttons on the right.

Demian patented his instrument with the name ...accordion.
Accordion in Public Schools - Rita Davidson
Mar., 15, 2007
I would like to share with you readers my experiences as a public school music teacher. I decided in high school that I wanted to teach music. Accordion was not accepted as a major instrument. I then pursued the serious study of piano which I used as my major instrument.

Upon graduation from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Music Education, I was employed by the West Orange, New Jersey public schools. I soon discovered the great advantage I had because of the accordion.First of all, visually, it is very interesting to elementary school age children. As their song leader, I never had trouble gaining their attention or having them focus on me as their conductor. They are always wondering how I can play that instrument!

There have been many times that I did not have a music room. I just traveled to their classes with a bag of music over my shoulder. On very warm days at the end of the school year, I can take my classes outdoors and sit under a shady tree to sing and play music games. When we have assemblies, I can stroll through the gym and make sure everyone is singing!!. Try teaching"crescendo" with an accordion. Instant understanding as they can watch and really hear the crescendo and diminuendo in music. When our school had their playground dedication with all the town dignitaries there, the chorus and entire audience were able to sing the patriotic songs because I was able to bring the accordion outdoors. I will share a little musical attention getting technique with you all:

When leading a sing a long, instead of me announcing the songs which everyone will sing, I invite a child to come up to me and press a button in order to "select" the song. They are always delighted that they had the "choice" because I tell them that each button has a special song attached to it. They always believe it.Want to lead a parade in the music room?. Just play your accordion and have the children follow you. A guaranteed attention getter. Playing the accordion in school means never having to worry where your class or assembly will be or if the piano is working or is in tune. Just bring your accordion with you! Our international festival is held every year in our cafeteria. I lead the children in song and then entertain while everyone enjoys an international luncheon.

These are just a few of the ways I use the accordion every day in my music classes, from preK, chorus and up. If I were to write a curriculum for elementary, or any grade level, I would require the music teacher to be proficient on the accordion. If you want to verify this information you are welcome to contact my principal!

In conclusion, I would say that the accordion has been a wonderful, interesting and valuable way to share music with all.

If you want more information you are welcome to contact me:
Rita Davidson at: Ritabelll@aol.comAbout the Author - Rita Weinbuch DavidsonRita Weinbuch Davidson has been a fulltime music teacher in West Orange, NJ for over 20 years. She is an honors graduate of the University of Connecticut with a BS in Music Education.

Rita studied accordion with Eugene Ettore and recorded his virtuoso solo works."The Music of Eugene Etttore" available upon request. Rita won many state and national accordion competitions. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the ATA of NJ and has recently been elected to the Governing Board of the American Accordionists Association.

In addition to featuring the music of Eugene Ettore she gave the New York premiere of the "Waltz for Accordion and Strings" by Gary Daverne. She has performed it at the Lincoln Center and the United Nations. She has presented workshops and concerts at many accordion events most recently at the AAA Festivals in Minnesota, Cleveland and Washington, DC, the Texas Accordion Association and the AAMS in Pennsylvania. She also performs at the AAA Workshops each summer in NYC.

She is currently giving a series of concerts and workshops on the music of Eugene Ettore. She was soloist with the 2002 AAA Festival Orchestra performing Charles Magnante's "Green Light".
Meet Paul Pasquali - Man on the Move
Mar., 15, 2007

Arresting assertion? Scan the data:Since establishing the annual four-day Las Vegas International Accordion Convention (LVIAC) in 2000, from a first-year attendance of 244 the convention each year has bolted upwards to over 500 attending in 2002. Sizeable pre-registration for the 2003 convention indicates 600 registrants will max out the site for 2003. In fact, so successful has LVIAC become that it has outgrown the hotel's capacity where it is presently held. In order to meet impressive market analysis on LVIAC's growth projections and provide needed space for firms and entities clamoring to exhibit, LVIAC will be moving to larger convention quarters in 2004.

After selling in 1992 his six-year ownership share of San Francisco's respected Colombo & Sons Accordions---oldest U.S. accordion company at the time, Paul returned to his native Utah where he worked with electronic engineers for two years before launching the Concerto, billed as "the world's first truly digital and acoustic accordion, utilizing optical sensors" and which markets worldwide from his www.AccordionInfo.com website (some months "quite briskly," he says). Going beyond the MIDI, the Concerto is both an acoustic accordion--made in Italy, with electronic wizardry added here in America, providing over 350 orchestral sounds and giving the player "the power of a full symphony" to accompany the accordion.

At the recent August 2002 Twelfth Annual Cotati (California) Accordion Festival, one of the largest annual U.S. accordion festivals held with its five thousand-plus attenders, Paul was decorated as the year's "honorary director." It is a festival he served as a founding director 12 years ago while part-owner of Colombo.

In 2002 he added to his distributorships (which already included Piermaria, SEM, and the Concerto) Paolo Soprani, Scandalli, and Pigini, all top names on the accordion scene.

In March 2003 he will launch a Concerto off-shoot, the VirtualConcerto, designed for players who want a lighter weight, more economical versionbut who still want many of the digital sounds, features, and versatility that have become the Concerto's hallmark. It's an impressive step in expansion when so much simplifying and tightening-down are going on elsewhere in the accordion world.

In January 2003 he co-founded the Salt Lake Area Accordion Club, a first for a city that long has had some talented accordionists in need of an out-reaching egalitarian booster in their behalf.

Finally, in the latter part of 2003 he is scheduled to move his Las Vegas International Accordion Convention headquarters and his Accordions International headquarters to larger, more commodious digs in Salt Lake City. Not just metaphorically but literally he will be Salt Lake City's accordion man on the move!Were there an umbrella national accordion entity watching over all accordion family affairs and bestowing its "U.S Accordion Man of the Year" for 2003, difficult to imagine Paul Pasquali not being a primary candidate.

So, how did this former co-owner of America's oldest accordion distribution firm, co-founder of one of the nation's best-known accordion festivals, creator of the first digital/acoustic accordion, organizer of an international accordion convention, recent co-founder of his city's accordion club, and accordion player/teacher/booster of 41 years get hooked on the instrument?

Though piano lessons started at age 6 in his Utah open-pit copper mining town of Bingham, it was at eight when Paul saw Myron Floren on TV that his life's direction was shaped and accordion lessons began. Twelve years later a widening of the path came when as a college student he was asked to set school and his accordion students temporally aside and serve a two-year Mormon church mission in Italy, giving him Italian fluency not then existing in his Italian-heritage home, a fluency that has subsequently greatly facilitated frequent visits, discussions, and business with the Italian accordion manufacturing community. A bachelor's degree and a master's completed course-work followed while also playing the accordion at weddings/receptions and providing dinner music at one of Salt Lake City's well-known eateries.

"While playing, sometimes people would ask how they could get an accordion. They liked its music. After awhile I decided to import three instruments' and sold them within a month! Soon I was bringing in ten at a time." And the die was cast. He began touring cities throughout the West and then the entire U.S., placing ads in local newspapers, renting a motel conference room, inviting the public to come, hear, and examine fine imported accordions. He obviously did well, acquiring in 1986 a sizeable share of the venerable Colombo & Sons. And the rest is history, as they say.

Today a number of knowledgeable U.S. accordion scene watchers say the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention (www.accordionstars.com) is the most positive accordion thing happening in the land. It's venue is at the undisputed live-entertainment capital of the world where Paul brings in the "accordion legends," as he calls them, for entertainment, mixed with solid doses of classes, workshops, exhibitors, undeniably good food---and plenty of great accordion music!

A keen supporter of Paul's is renowned jazz accordionist Art Van Damme who says, "People from all over the country, in fact all over the world, come and get rejuvenated about the accordion. (pictured right at the 2002 Las Vegas International Accordion Convention microphone, left to right, Paul Pasquali, Gina Brannelli, and Art Van Damme.)

It isn't for student competitions, it's for adults of all playing and interest levels. It's plain to see they love it. The country is filled with people who started to learn the accordion decades ago but who dropped out to do other things in lifes, but they never lost their love for the instrument. He's really tapped into something and has the smarts to make it work."

For Paul (pictured working away at his desk in Salt Lake City) an even larger vision wistfully beckons: "I love the accordion. I love its music, its fans, players, teachers, associations, manufacturers, distributors, commercial support community, our growing communication websites, clubs...' all of it. What I like to think happens at Las Vegas is family gets together. I'd love to see the whole American accordion community find a way to be family. We have so much in common, so much that binds us. And have you ever met an accordion person you didn't like! I love 'em all and want them all to succeed, every last one of them."Top
The Texas Accordion Association Review
Mar., 15, 2007
After arriving Thursday afternoon, it was clear that many accordionists are coming early in order to gear up for orchestra rehearsals and catch up on the latest accordion news. Alice Aman, director of the Accordion Band and bass accordionist for both TAA orchestras, was busy working with the early birds who arrived to practice a host of different musical selections for the Friday night concert. Alice deserves kudos for her patience, guidance and encouragement that she provides fellow accordionists. Mary Medrick was tuned in to the early crowd and directed the Advanced Orchestra rehearsals with firm, yet nurtured artistry. Mary had arranged several pieces for the Orchestra which included other musical accompaniments such as the violin, trombone, and drums. These instruments added drama and feeling to the tangos, while featured accordionists Frank Marocco, John Simkus, Dan and Kim Christian provided superb solo parts which punctuated Medrick's arrangement of Blues in the Nite Medley and How High the Moon. Medrick's violin soloist, Amy Faires, did an outstanding job with two tangos, La Cumparsita and Jealousie.Friday's schedules was filled with workshops ranging from Margie and Mike Aman's Musicality in the Aman Corner, to Nick Ballarini's Bass Hands-On. The Jazz Trio of Frank Marocco (Los Angeles), John Simkus (Chicago) and Nick Ballarini (Dallas) held us spellbound as the Trio traded off "secrets" of their own with a jazz version of Autumn Leaves. Gordon Kohl, Jim Rommel and Ponty Bone taught us about improvisation with dance music, fake books, and playing in an accordion band, respectively. Ron Pivovar of Pennsylvania, gave us a real treat demonstrating his talents on the Zuppa accordion during his workshop while Pete Nalda of Austin led his Jam Session for all instruments.

Randy McPeck (left) of Minnesota, a young and accomplished chromatic button accordionist, gave us a treat with his solo performance.

Paul Pasquali (right) organizer of the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention gave a workshop on Understanding Accordions, and later presented Norman Seaton (President of TAA) and the TAA, with the 2000 Frosini Award for fostering public awareness of the versatility and musicality of the accordion. This award is shared with all the local associations of TAA who promote the accordion throughout the state of Texas.

Not to be outdone, Norman received his beloved "Norman Accordion" from Michelle Boddicker and the Dallas locals so that he TOO can express his "accordion awareness" (Norman is pictured at the bottom of the page bidding farewell with Michelle playing the... "Norman Accordion."Saturday's workshops began remarkable performance by Dan and Kim Christian of Denver, Colorado, and the seven member TAA Youth Orchestra who demonstrated How to Be a Better Accordionist. Their showmanship was demonstrated by lively choreography and toe-tapping music such as The Dragnet Theme Song.

Dan and Kim showed off their keyboard agility and encouraged us to practice technique and speed to improve our own style. (pictured right are two of the younger performers at the TAA convention, Jamie Maschler and Carissa Christian.)Legendary LA jazz artist Frank Marocco followed with Jazz 101, demonstrating improvisation with his own compositions including Liars Polka from the film Grumpy Old Men. Included in the Saturday lineup were two World Class women MIDI-Accordionists, Janet Todd of Utah and Betty Jo Simon of Kansas. Using her new Concerto MIDI, Janet Todd (left) played with heart and soul with a special patriotic medley and included her fiery style of play that captivated the audience. Betty Jo Simon dazzled the crowd with Ravel's Bolero played on her Baldoni MIDI and told us the secret of her success, a nurturing yet demanding Italian mother. She certainly did her job well Betty Jo. The Friday night and Saturday night Concerts gave the audience a real treat. The program included most of the artists listed above plus two accordion orchestras. The TAA Accordion Band, led by Alice Aman, rounded out the Friday night performance with Hava Naglia, Tequila, Irish Eyes, Crazy Rhythm and a few polkas to name a few. All the participants thoroughly enjoyed performing with the Aman Band can't wait to try it again! Great job Alice! On Saturday, the TAA Orchestra led by Mary Medrick showcased a variety of musical styles which included a Blues Medley arranged by Medrick which featured Rhapsody in Blue, Blues in the Night, Birth of the Blues, St. Louis Blues and Limehouse and another jazz arrangement of How High the Moon with accordion soloists Frank Marocco, John Simkus, and Dan and Kim Christian (left) and Mike Medrick on trombone. Two tangos, La Cumparsita and Jealousie, were punctuated by violin soloist Amy Faires. Alice Aman graciously accepted the responsibility of bass accordionist for the TAA Orchestra. It was another WONDERFUL concert. Afterwards, musicians spent the evening in jam sessions and conversations filled with fun, laughter, music and joy, till the early morning hours. Time seemed suspended, if only for the moment, as the convention neared its final hours.Many thanks go to the members of the TAA Board and all those who made this convention a success. The endless hours of planning, communicating, & organizing help support the convention. Musicians, workshop leaders, stage grips, accordion dealers and sponsors who support TAA make this Convention special every year. We appreciate you! The food was fabulous, the hotel staff were gracious and helpful. To all those who assisted TAA in this year's convention, we say BRAVO. Now rest up, for next year!Top
Meet Charles Nunzio
Mar., 15, 2007
Residing in Basking Ridge, New Jersey...you know...George Washington, the Revolutionary War, Trenton, the British, the Hessians, "The Crossing"...there is another historical figure - Charles Nunzio. A living legend and one of a handful of surviving icons from the development of the accordion in the USA in the twentieth century, Maestro Nunzio is still on a mission.Yes, he continues to teach in his 91st year. One student's family drives five hours each month from Providence, Rhode Island for a lesson. He continues to practice daily and arranges music, too. It's part of a daily regimen that begins before 6:00 AM.There is a bigger picture to the mission. It's that of disposing of an inventory of his life's work - more than 100 accordions. Many of them have genuine historic value for reasons other than the fact that you're dealing with Charles Nunzio.Mr. Nunzio last performed in public on March 2, 2002, before an appreciative audience at the annual convention of the American Accordion Musicological Society, founded and administered by Stan Darrow (who, with his wife, Joanna, is on the Executive Board of the Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International...and they are a classical accordion duo, as well). The AAMS honored Charles and the inscription on the award is an appropriate summary of a career that spans more than 70 years:"Presented to The Legendary Charles Nunzio...
In recognition of your contributions in developing
the accordion's American Evolution as artist,
teacher, composer, innovator and as an
aspiring idol of so many accordionists.
The impact of your contributions will forever be felt."A native of Cattafi, Italy, Charles immigrated to America at age eight in 1921. His early musical instruction included Solfeggio, a rigid discipline which covers reading music and timing. For two years Charles studied sight reading and beating time without playing a note on the accordion! His family lived in Newark, New Jersey and in order to continue his accordion study with Frank Umbriaco in New York City, Charles and his father would travel for 2 hours every Sunday morning.Maestro Nunzio's advanced study continued with Pietro Frosini. He would sub on radio programs for Pietro Deiro, Charles Magnante, Joe Biviano and Frosini. At one time in the 1930's, Charles would do as many as 35 radio programs in a week, plus maintain his teaching schedule and evening appearances with orchestras. He performed with Guy Lombardo, Rudy Vallee, Meyer Davis and Lester Lanin. He was also recording for Decca, Victor and Columbia.In 1937 he established a music studio in the Carnegie Hall building where he taught 3 days a week. That same year he was sponsored by the Settimio Soprani factory as consultant and advisor for improving the instrument and to create an "artist" model for the American trade. He spent time in Castelfidardo in the Soprani factory supervising various manufacturing departments. Charles is pictured above center in 1937 before departing for a trip to Italy. Pictured left to right are: Frank Iacolucci, Vicky DeBellis, Pietro Deiro, Charles Nunzio, Eva and Maria DeBellis, Louis Iorio and John Nunzio.In 1938 Charles Nunzio became a founding Board member of the American Accordionists Association along with Pietro Frosini, Abe Goldman, Sydney Dawson, Anthony Galla-Rini, Charles Magnante, Pietro Deiro, Gene Von Hallberg, Joe Biviano, John Gart, Sam Roland and Byron Streep. He maintains a friendship with Maestro Galla-Rini to this day. AAA Founders Pictured above Left to Right:
Front Row: Pietro Frosini, Abe Goldman, Sydney Dawson
Center Row: Anthony Galla-Rini, Charles Magnante, Pietro Deiro Sr, Charles Nunzio
Back Row: Gene Von Hallberg, Joe Biviano
Not Pictured: John Gart, Sam Roland, Byron StreepIn 1960 Nunzio served a term as president of the Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International. That same year his student, Donald Hulme, from Belleville, New Jersey, won the World Championship in Pallanza, Italy.In 1972 Charles closed his accordion school and in 1977 he moved to his present home in Basking Ridge. However, he brought his inventory with him and has continued to cultivate and maintain it in his home for more than 25 years. His extensive knowledge of the accordion has led him to specialize in its repair, tuning, collection and shipment. He invented his own custom design model, the Nunziola, in the 1940's. And he holds a patent on the Kuehl Free-Bass accordion, which he developed with the late William "Bud" Kuehl of Chicago.In the 1980's Nunzio became a consultant to the Parrot accordion factory in Tientsin, China. He was also inducted as the first artist in the Accordion Association Hall of Fame by the Accordion Teachers' Association of New Jersey.Eighteen of Charles' compositions have been published and he has written arrangements for at least 300 songs. In the past year, he has reissued an updated version of his "Hanon for Accordion", a two-volume set of exercises that are a must for every accordionist. They are available as a set for $15 by contacting Mr. Nunzio.Finally, as for that inventory of accordions, the list is impressive and representative of some of the finest brands and models of accordions past and present. At one point, Charles had a financial interest in Bell Accordions. Along about 1957-58, he took the top professional model to Charles Magnante hoping for an endorsement. Magnante already had a commitment, but he was impressed with the instrument and played it for most of an afternoon in-between recording sessions. That instrument is among the more than 100 that are for sale including these manufacturers: Iorio, Bugari, Zero Sette, Sonola, Galanti, Guerrini, Dallape', Italo America, Giulietti, Paolo Soprani, SANO, Crucianelli, Pan Jet, Excelsior, Farfisa, Hohner, Imperial, Titano...and more.Charles Nunzio and his contemporaries, many of whom are gone, now, serve to inspire current and future generations about the accordion. The accordion and longevity are certainly part of a lifelong equation. Look at Anthony Galla-Rini, Carmen Carrozza, Art Van Damme, Mort Herold, Art Metzler, Tom Collins, Dick Contino, Myron Floren, Tony Lovello...and others...who are still making contributions to the USA accordion scene through their performances, appearances, compositions, arrangements, recordings and correspondence.Information for this article was provided by and/or excerpted from Charles Nunzio; "The Golden Age of the Accordion" by Flynn, Davison and Chavez, 1992 ed.; and "The Polka News" (Aug., 1999) of St. Charles , MI.

You are encouraged to contact Charles Nunzio about his published music, his accordion inventory, or just to "be a fan": 107 North Finley Ave., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920; tel. 908-766-5109.
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Steve Roxton in Co Durham, 3/29.
Mar., 14, 2007
Steve Roxton will perform at the Derwentside Accordion Club, Co Durham, on Thursday, March 29th. For more information, call Leslie Lee, 01388 766186. Steve is a professional working accordionist and vocalist, currently living in Jersey - Channel Islands - UK. The major part of his work is entertaining holidaymakers in the top hotels on the island, with his three hour one man show. In the summer, his show is on seven nights per week. He is billed as an International Accordionist Vocalist with good reason, as he covers music from around the world, with selected vocals in eight languages. He entertains using the accordion as accompaniment, but also trying to get the best live backing for his shows. Mr. Roxton has performed in numerous countries world-wide, including Australia, Sweden, Bermuda, America, France, Spain, Portugal, Austria; and of course throughout the United Kingdom. Quite apart from entertaining the general public, he appears at Accordion Festivals, and as guest artiste at accordion clubs and societies, with a programme of accordion solos. To generate more interest in the accordion in the Channel Isles, and quite apart from his professional work, Gary Roxton founded "The Jersey Accordion Band" and "Les Amis de l'Accordeon de Jersey", a social club to promote accordion music and better playing.
Øivind Farmen - May 2007 UK Tour
Mar., 14, 2007
Øivind Farmen
Øivind Farmen  (Norway) who perfomed at  last years hugely successful, "Accordions International Caister 2005"
is planning to tour the UK accordion clubs in May 2007.
Anyone wishing to have their club or society included on this tour
please contact him asap direct as follows:-
 Øivind Farmen - Sample Programme for Solo Concert A. Vivaldi /J. S. Bach: Concerto in g-moll - [Allegro] - Largo - Giga: Presto A. Na Jun Kin: Classical scherzo T. Bjørklund: Ritornell E. Grieg: Bekken Småtroll
N. Tsjaikin: Lyrcal Waltz V. Somkin: Variasjoner over ”Nedelka”
- Interval -
E. Bouvelle/A. Musichini: Pique Pocket Ø. Farmen: Valse á Cognac Ø. Farmen:
Excerpts from ”Spekter” J. M. Torchy/ A. Lassagne: Papi s’amuse T. Murena
J. Colombo: Indifference A. Astier: Divertimento T. Tollefsen: Spitfire
Øivind Farmen was born on the 14th of April 1972  in Tjølling, Norway. At present he lives at Selbu.Eight years old he started playing the accordion with Gustav Schmidt in Sandefjord. He continued at Sandefjord Music School and the musics side of Sandefjord Grammar School (1988-1991) under Arne Kulsvehagen.Øivind Farmen wants to contribute to new repertoire for the accordion and collaborates with composers writing new works. He has worked with different composers as e.g. Håkon Berge, Fred Nøddelund, Terje Bjørklund, Erlend Skomsvoll, Johan Kvandal and Morten Gaathaug. At the moment Sigmund Lillebjerka is writing a new Concertino for accordion and chamber orchestra.
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