Melissa Elledge, “The Bellows Below”

Melissa Elledge rules. As the accordion princess of the underground subway system of New York City, she holds sway over those who come and go and are always in a hurry to get there. As commuters race for their trains, she offers up the gift of a few moments of enjoyment. They appreciate her work … Continue reading Melissa Elledge, “The Bellows Below”

The Accordion Americana Project

  Like a brilliant quilt, music is the fabric of a culture's shared experience. The piano accordion is a part of the fabric.  The pop songs of today become the folk songs of tomorrow, and ultimately, a piece of the quilt. Music binds all North Americans together, and adds to an ever-changing, bigger picture of … Continue reading The Accordion Americana Project

Ten Things You Can Do to Promote the Accordion

  If you want to be noticed as a performer, play the accordion. If you already have a working knowledge of the piano--you may not realize that you already understand half of the piano accordion--you just need to learn the other half with some lessons and a lot of practice. So, to get started, and … Continue reading Ten Things You Can Do to Promote the Accordion

Remembering Art Van Damme, America’s Foremost Jazz Accordionist

Born in the tiny town of Norway, Michigan, Art Van Damme was not expected to become a serious American Jazz musician. Classically trained as a pianist and motivated to become a professional musician, Art was a performing musician by age nine in a local theatre in upper Michigan. His family moved to Chicago when he … Continue reading Remembering Art Van Damme, America’s Foremost Jazz Accordionist