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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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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 Streep

In 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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Mar., 14, 2007

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Mar., 14, 2007

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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.

Murl Allen Sanders - Report on Caister 2005
Mar., 14, 2007
Report from Caister-On-Sea, by Murl Allen Sanders Accordion clubs are alive and well in Great Britain. One would say thriving. At least six accordion clubs were well-represented at Caister, England for the Accordions International Caister Festival November 2005. People came from Wales, Ireland, France and Norway to attend. There were also two 50 piece accordion orchestras, one from Stockport, England and one from Lille, France. Each orchestra played wonderful arrangements and stirred the audience to wild applause. The French orchestra got a well-deserved standing ovation. (People in England do not take their standing ovations lightly!) The Caister festival was organized by a fine, enterprising and award-winning accordionist and entrepreneur named Heather Smith and a team of folks including Gary Blair, Bert Santilly, Brian Jenkins, Peter Whiteley, Johnny Coleclough and Adrienne Sharpe. Heather has produced numerous accordion festivals in England for the past ten years. It is a credit to Heather that the Caister festival is such a successful event. Her gracious personality and networking skills have garnered her larger attendance at each event she produces. Each night at Caister there was a featured concert artist, dance music, and other accordion ensembles of note. The festival drew a vibrant crowd of 400 to 500 people for each of the four days. Most stayed on campus at Haven Holidays, a summer vacation park on the East Coast of England on the North Sea.The closest city is Norwich and the closest big community is Great Yarmouth. People came from all over England and Scotland to attend this event. The enthusiasm is palpable. The Caister festival is billed as “The Friendly Festival” and I certainly found that to be true. The welcoming atmosphere was pervasive. People were interested in all the performers and participants. I could not walk ten yards without having a conversation with someone about accordion-related things or just the lovely weather. It was cold in Caister, but we had beautiful blue skies most days. The sandy ocean beach was grand and had an unusual sight of a giant “wind farm” of colossal windmills(20 or more) about a half mile out to sea. Ships could sail beneath and in between the huge individual windmills. The featured artists for 2005 Caister were Giancarlo Caporilli “The Italian Wizard”, Gary Blair, the best Scottish accordionist alive, Oivind Farmen, the superb Norwegian classical player, and myself. Each day there were workshops to attend and accordion ensembles to join. One could choose from “elementary orchestra”, “intermediate orchestra”, “Scottish orchestra”, “Vintage orchestra”(playing all vintage accordions and appropriately vintage turn-of-the-20th century music), “Jazz ensemble” or the “Buskers Band”. There was no shortage of players for each group and often 30 or more per group. I chose to play with the Scottish group directed by Gary Blair and learned a tremendous amount about the articulations and bellows technique of Scottish accordion music. Each group was featured in a short performance on the last afternoon of the festival. Everyone in attendance turned out to hear the fruits of everyone’s labor and it was quite a remarkable concert. The evening concerts were held in a large nightclub hall with a good stage and sound system. There was seating at tables for over 500 people, a large dance floor and a bar serving drinks and sandwiches. This setting made for some lively concerts that always included an hour or more of dance music which inspired many dancers to fill the floor. Giancarlo Caporrilli is a Rome native with a huge repertoire, amazing musical memory and a superb technician on accordion show pieces. Although he spoke no English, he captivated the audience with a stunning display of accordion virtuousity. Oivind Farmen is a classical accordionist of the first order and a colleague and duet partner of Jorgen Sundquist. His concert program included works by Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, his own compositions and pieces written exclusively for him. Oivind is an engaging performer with a somewhat shy, boyish appearance who delivers a masterful performance of beautiful classical accordion music played on a specially made Bayan, the European all-button accordion. His bass system is different than the usual and I will not try to describe it here other than to say the bass buttons and the treble buttons are in the same order and configuration. Oivind’s description was much more entertaining and informative. Gary Blair is the reigning master of Scottish accordion. Although Gary is a commanding concert performer, his role at this festival was to play music for Scottish “ceilidh” dancing (teaching the dances while simultaneously playing). I marvelled at his performances which inspired ecstatic dancing and much laughter. He makes his playing look so easy (NOT!!!) and rocks so hard with so much soul that I have come to describe him as “the Marvin Gaye of Scottish Accordion”. So many fine accordionists were at Caister that I won’t try to name them all. Just a few: Rosemary Wright, Harry Hussey, Charlie Watkins, Bert Santilly and many others. I met so many lovely people at Caister and had such a good time at the festival as well as sightseeing in England that I hope to return. My wife, Jan, and my sister, Karen, accompanied me and we all felt welcomed and treated very well. We had a swell time! If you are wanting a trip to Great Britain, I highly recommend the Caister Festival.
Mauro Carra - Concert Review....
Mar., 14, 2007
Sue and I were lucky to get to see Mauro Carra at the Uxbridge Accordion club last monday 9th January. He was absolutely fantastic,in fact incredible and we were not surprised to learn that he practices for up to 5hours every day because it really shows. Anyone interested should check out his tour itinerary on UKAO and make every effort to seeing him, believe me it will be worth it.

Also as an enchore at the packed to capacity Uxbridge AC Romano Viazzani joined him for an incredible duet set of 3 pieces.

Please Please make every effort to see him!

Best Wishes to all at UKAO!
Ron and Sue Bennett
Essex Accordion , Organ & Guitar Centre
Mar., 14, 2007
3 CD's available from Jerry Mayesand the Essex Accordion , Organ & Guitar Centre. Musical Selections Volume IMusical Selections Volume IIPiano Accordion Selection Volumes I & IIEach of the above CD recordings have been carefully prepared and compiled to include solos and popular selections to suit all tastes.Olive Perry, with her beautiful soprano voice can be heard in the "Musical Selections" Volume II.I sincerely trust the CD recordings will give much pleasure & guidance to students who wish to prepare & play some of the solos I have chosen to play.Jerry MayesPlease contact  for prices and P&P:-Jerry Mayes  19, Colchester Road, Prittlewell, Essex SS2 6HWTel: 01702 - 340909Email: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it "> This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Let’s Polka’s 1st Birthday Contest
Mar., 14, 2007
Can you believe it’s been a whole year since Let’s Polka first came kicking and squeezing into this world? It seems like just yesterday we were interviewing polkagreats, hanging out at Camp AccordionLand and the Cotati Accordion Festival, and being written up in the San Francisco Chronicle. We’ve seen squeezebox zombies, zydeco prodigies, accordion-toting Finnish metal bands, and bizarre Slovenian polka videos. We even managed to anger some Garfield fans along the way.To celebrate the occasion, we’re engaging in our favorite hobby: giving away free stuff! But first, you have to give us something in return.Your mission:Write a comment on this post and tell us about an accordion artist (solo or group) that we should hear. It could be a musette accordion player from the 1930s, your cousin’s conjunto band, or a punk/polka combo you found on MySpace. If there’s an accordion involved, we want to know about it!We’ll send a handful of Let’s Polka stickers (see photo above) to everyone who posts a comment. Three lucky, randomly-chosen commenters will also receive one of these items from our holiday gift guide:Geoff Berner’s tongue-in-cheek handbook, How to Be an Accordion PlayerBob Dolgan’s biography of Frankie Yankovic, America’s Polka KingCraig DiBiase’s polka documentary, It’s Happiness, on DVDWe’ll hold the drawing for those three prizes next Monday, so you have one week to post your comment. (If you comment after Monday, you can still get stickers but you won’t win one of the three prizes.)Sound good? Then start posting — and winning — today!
Amaryllis at Eastbourne
Mar., 13, 2007
  
Amaryllis
 (Tracey Middleton & Dave Garwood)
 will now be appearing at
The Eastbourne Music Festival
 Sunday 18th February 2007,
during the "fully loaded" evening  concert!
Renzo Ruggieri Strings Quartet
Mar., 13, 2007
Renzo Ruggieri Renzo Ruggieri Strings Quartet - NEXT EVENTS
6 February h 19:30 in world transmission for Radio Vaticana the Renzo Ruggieri Strings Quartet (A.Castagna, M.Di Donato, S.Danese, F.Orlando) in concert. email : This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it " href="http://www.ukaccordions.com/mailto: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it "> This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Italian frequencies in FM (93.3, 96.3, 103.8, 105) and on www.radiovaticana.org 
22 FebruaryBorgo Spoltino Country House di Mosciano S.A. (Italy) Renzo will be in Duo with Mauro De Federicis (jazz guitar).
- from 27 February to the 3 march Renzo will be present to the biggest italian festival of Sanremo with the famous Antonella Ruggiero.
NEWS
- Important tour of the Renzo Ruggieri Group (M.Manzi, M.Moriconi, P.Di Sabatino) on January 18-19-20 in the theaters of Casalgrande, Castelnuovo Ne' Monti and in Fabbrico with the Antonella Ruggiero. In this occasion they have also recorded the CD "Musica Divina" that also contains the song introduced to Sanremo 2007 with Renzo on the stage of the Ariston Theatre Renzo is also one of the arrangers of the whole CD.
- It's gone out the CD with of Frederic SCHLICK "THREE BROTHER" with Renzo as arranger, conductor of the PICCOLA ORCHESTRA MOPDERNA (with Strings section and Jazz Combo); in this CD there is a composition written to three hands of the two artists with the great Art Van Damme- demo.ITALIA
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6 febbraio h 19:30 in diretta mondiale per RADIO VATICANA il Renzo Ruggieri Strings Quartet (A.Castagna, M.Di Donato, S.Danese, F.Orlando) in concerto.
Frequenze italiane in FM 93.3, 96.3, 103.8, 105 e su www.radiovaticana.org
 22 febbraio Borgo Spoltino Country House di Mosciano S.A. (Italia) Renzo sarà in DUO con Mauro De Federicis (chitarra jazz).
- dal 27 febbraio al 3 marzo Renzo sarà presente al festival di Sanremo con la nota Antonella Ruggiero.
NEWS
- Importante tour del Renzo Ruggieri Group (M.Manzi, M.Moriconi, P.Di Sabatino) il 18-19-20 gennaio nei teatri di Casalgrande, Castelnuovo Ne' monti e Fabbrico con la nota Antonella Ruggiero. In questa occasione hanno anche registrato il CD "Musica Divina" che contiene anche il brano presentato a Sanremo 2007 con Renzo presente sul palcoscenico dell'Ariston. Renzo è anche uno degli arrangiatori dell'intero CD.
- E' uscito il CD con di Frederic SCHLICK "THREE BROTHER" con Renzo come arrangiatore e direttore della Piccola Orchestra Moderna (con sezione d'archi + jazz combo); in questo CD c'è una composizione scritta a tre mani dai due artisti con il grande Art Van Damme - demo.
Romano Viazzani - February 18th
Mar., 13, 2007
Romano Viazzani is the special guest artist at this  "One Night Only" production  of "Pennies from Heaven" at The Jermyn Street Theatre  16b,Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST.Sunday 18th February 2007 - 7.30pmThe play depicts the life and songs of Arthur Tracy (The Street Singer)Arthur TracyPerformed & narrated by Steve Ross (The crown prince of New York cabaret - New York Times)  and written & perfomed by Gregory Moore with special guest accordionist  Romano Viazzani.Tickets are £18.00 and available now by calling the box office on 020 7287 2875Jermyn Street Theatre 16b, Jermyn Street
London, SW1Y 6STBox-office: 020 7287 2875
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Karen Tweed @ The Royal Opera House
Mar., 13, 2007
Karen Tweed
Voices Across the World - 24th February 2007 Royal Opera House
Bow Street
Covent Garden
London WC2E 9DD
DAYTIME EVENTS - Thursday 24 February 2007

Vocal Workshops
11am - 12.30pm & 1.30 - 3pm
Venue: Floral Hall
A fun, participatory workshop looking at a variety of vocal traditions from all over the world, exploring how singers from different continents produce different sounds. The workshops will focus particularly on the vocal styles of the artists involved in the Voices Across the World series. No experience of singing is necessary, just a willingness to take part.

An Introduction to the English Folk Tradition
11.15am - 12.30pm
Venue: Crush Room
Accordionist Karen Tweed gives a practical introduction to the English folk tradition, using live demonstration and recorded examples. You can even have a go!

Cultural Connections - From Brasov to Budapest
1.30 - 3pm
Venue: Crush Room
Dr Peter Mills, Senior Lecturer in Media and Popular Culture at Leeds Metropolitan University will look at the links between Hungarian, Transylvanian and Roma music including films of performances of the above including Muzsicas.

Tickets: £8 adults, £6 concessions (buy one Daytime Event, get second at half price)
All children must be accompanied by an adult Box Office and Information line 020 7304 4000
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Birmingham Accordion Centre
Mar., 13, 2007
Rob Beecroft
The Birmingham Accordion Centre
We are pleased to invite all accordion enthusiasts to visit our showrooms, featuring a 500sq ft fully equipped rehearsal and demo room.
You are welcome to try any of our extensive range of new and used accordions, including the fabulous range from Serenellini!
Feel free to visit us during normal working hours at The Birmingham Accordion Centre131 Midland StreetBirmingham Get an online instant - Google Map of our shop location and even "door to door" driving directions from your home! - Please click the postcode below ! B9 4DQ  Tel/Fax:  0121 753 3709
 
   
 
      
Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards Ceremony, Cape Town Tango – South Africa
Mar., 13, 2007

Sergei Michailovitch Kolobkov passed away on March 8th 2007. During his artistic life he was a soloist, musical director of bayan ensembles and conductor of the Russian folk orchestra ‘Ossipov’. He taught a bayan class, which included Juri Vostrjelov, Friedrich Lips and Alexander Skljarov among his students. From 1963 to 1966 he was head of the chair for folk instruments, later he became Professor and Rector (18 years) of the Gnessin Institute (nowadays the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music), People’s Artist of Russia (1991) and from 1981 to 1984 he was Vice Minister of Culture in Russia. In 1995 he was conferred the ‘Silver Disk’ of Moscow’s festival ‘Bayan and Bayanists’ for special achievements in music.

He recorded the First Concerto for Bayan and Orchestra by F. Rubzov, was the author of transcriptions for bayan and bayan ensembles and was editor of ‘Bayan and Bayanists’, with scientific articles dealing with the bayan. On the international scene he took part in the CIA international accordion confederation events several times and also became CIA Vice-President.

In 2002, Sergei Kolobkov was awarded the CIA Merit Award in Copenhagen, Denmark for his many years of service and achievement towards the development of the accordion.

Celebrity Interview

For further information email: herbert@accordion-cd.co.at
Tropical Panama y Grupo Zaaz
Mar., 5, 2007
Tropical Panama Y Grupo Zaaz
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Ariel Johnson Conjunto CD Debut- Feb 16 S.A.
Mar., 5, 2007
February 14, 2007
Accordionist Ariel Johnson says he's a longtime fan of the classic conjunto groups like Conjunto Bernal and even his own dad, Chalito Johnson.
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Ariel Johnson makes CD debut
"I have always liked El Conjunto Bernal," Johnson said recently. "I liked them because they have their own style, and they wrote a lot of their songs. And their vocal harmonies are good too."Johnson is hosting his own CD release party Friday night at Arturo's Sports Bar, 3310 S. Zarzamora. Also performing are Flavio Longoria y Conjunto Kings, Los Astronautas, BB Shotbird, Los Homies de Andy Saenz and DJ Bong Bob.Johnson's debut CD, "Conimigo" was produced by J.P. Guerra and Charlie Cole at the Golden Eagle Records studio. Johnson also wrote all of the 10 songs on the CD, with some translation help from his dad, including one reggaeton tuned titled "Tu y Yo."Johnson said he included a reggaeton tune because "I wanted everyone to know we're playing for everyone. Not just the older crowd, but also the younger fans too."The rest of Johnson's band are drummer Rick Perez, bass player Joe Rodriguez, and bajo sexto player Mando Tejeda.Ramiro Burr, San Antonio Express News
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UKAO March Competition
Mar., 5, 2007
Who's Accordion is this?
Who's Accordion is this? The first 5 correct answers from UKAO registered members only please - by email to This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it "> This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it With the correct name of the owner of the above accordion will win a rare "Accordionists Love Squeezin" - car window sticker!Competition closes on 31st March 2007.Its free to joins & register as a member of UKAO - Please click here for an online registration form!
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