Celso Piña, The Rebel of the Accordion

Famous in Mexico as “El Rebelde del acordeón” (the rebel of the accordion), Celso Piña earned an international reputation on the diatonic accordion as an exponent of the genre, cumbia rebajada (Coom-bee-a Ray-buh-HA-da). Early in the 1980’s, Celso was performing as a norteño accordionist with his three brothers, Eduardo, Rubén and Enrique. But, even at … Continue reading Celso Piña, The Rebel of the Accordion

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”

Gee Rabe, “Dr Diva” of the Accordion

If you thought that a girl in the band who happens to be an accordion player, could not be “a force to be reckoned with,” and if you are among those that believe that there is little work for accordionists out there, Gee Rabe will make you think differently. Gee Rabe fronts her own retro … Continue reading Gee Rabe, “Dr Diva” of the Accordion

Johnny Sansone, Blues for The Big Easy

  “The blues is all right with” Johnny Sansone.  For nearly 30 years, New Orleans has been home to this electric blues singer, songwriter and musician. Born in West Orange, New Jersey in 1957, Johnny left his home state in 1975 to attend college and then moved around the east, west, Midwest and then the … Continue reading Johnny Sansone, Blues for The Big Easy

Country Music Salutes Joey Miskulin

Child prodigies can become 'stuck' between a world where they were always a delight, and the adult world, more critical and less forgiving, where success is hard-won and failure is far more probable. While Joey Miskulin could still be that cute kid at heart, in the real world, he never lost his vision as a … Continue reading Country Music Salutes Joey Miskulin

Julieta Venegas, Big Talent with Small Accordion Yields International Star

  She who plays the piano accordion is never ignored. California-born Julieta Venegas y  Percevault, known professionally as Julieta Venegas (pronounced BAY-nay-yahs), was born in Long Beach, California, and raised in Tijuana, Mexico where she became fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. At age ten, Julieta began to formally study music and to learn the … Continue reading Julieta Venegas, Big Talent with Small Accordion Yields International Star

Phoebe Leger, Artist of the Avant Garde

Before there was Lady Gaga, there was Phoebe Legere. The New York City based musician, first signed by Epic/Sony at age 17, emerged in the early 1990's as a young singer of promise with extraordinary vocal range and quality.  In the years since, she opened for David Bowie (1991), and has recorded, written, produced and … Continue reading Phoebe Leger, Artist of the Avant Garde