Art Van Damme

Born: April 9, 1920 | Died: February 15, 2010    Primary Instrument: Accordion

The hippest cat ever to swing an accordion, Art Van Damme dared go where no man had gone before: jazz accordion. He started taking accordion lessons at the age of nine, and moved on to classical studies after his family moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1934. After leaving school. he played in a trio in local clubs under big band leader Ben Bernie hired him in 1941. He soon returned to Chicago, though, and continued to work the club circuit there throughout World War Two.

Van Damme was inspired by swing recordings, particularly Benny Goodman's, and in the late 1930s, he began experimenting, adapting Goodman solos to the accordion. Throughout his career, he would often be compared to Goodman, since the two were both classically trained, technical masters of their instruments, and versatile and creative jazz soloists. He formed a quintet with several of his studio colleagues, and recorded his first album, for the small label, Music Craft, in 1944....
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Source: Space Age Pop Music

  • Cocktail Capers, Capitol T178
  • More Cocktail Capers, Capitol T300
  • More Cocktail Capers, Capitol H300 (10")
  • The Van Damme Sound, Columbia CL-544
  • Martini Time, Columbia CL-630
  • Martini Time, Columbia CL-6265 (10")
  • Manhattan Time, Columbia CL-801
  • Art Van Damme & Miss Frances Bergen, Columbia CL873
  • The Art Of Van Damme, Columbia CL-876
  • They're Playing Our Song, Columbia CL-1227
  • Everything's Coming Up Music, Columbia CL-1382/CS-8177
  • Accordion a la Mode, Columbia CL-1563/CS-8363
  • Art Van Damme Swings Sweetly, Columbia CL-1794/CS 8594
  • A Perfect Match (with Johnny Smith), Columbia CL-2013/CS-8813
  • House Party, Columbia CL-2585
  • Septet, Columbia CS-8992
  • Music For Lovers, Harmony (Columbia) HS 11239
  • Many Mood Of Art, BASF MC 25113
  • Star Spangled Rhythm, BASF MC 25157 (2 record set)
  • Art In The Black Forest, MPS (West Germany) MPS 15172
  • Art Van Damme & Four Brothers, MPS (West Germany) MPS 15236
  • Lullaby In Rhythm, MPS (West Germany) MPS 15 171
  • State Of Art, MPS (West Germany) 841 413 2
  • On The Road, MPS (West Germany) MPS 15235
  • Blue World, Pausa PR 7027
  • Keep Going, Pausa PR 7104
  • Squeezin' Art & Tender Flutes, Pausa PR 7126
  • Art Van Damme & Friends, Pausa PR 7151
  • The Art Of Van Damme, Phillips (Holland) B 07189
  • Pa Kungliga Djurgarden, Pi (Sweden), PLP 005
  • Lover Man, Pickwick SPC 3009
  • By Request, Sonic Arts Digital LS12
  • Ecstasy, SABA (West Germany) SB 15115 ST
  • In San Francisco, SABA (West Germany) SB 15073 ST
  • Art & Liza, Svenska Media AB (Sweden), SMTE 5003
  • Once Over Lightly/Manhattan Time, Collectables CD
  • Van Damme Sound/Martini Time, Collectables CD

    with Jo Stafford

  • Once over Lightly, Columbia CL-968
  • A Perfect Match, Columbia CS-8813

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