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Art Van Damme

Art Van Damme (April 9, 1920[1] – February 15, 2010[2]) was a jazz accordionist.



Born in Norway, Michigan, he began playing the accordion at age nine and started classical study when his family moved to Chicago in 1934. In 1941 he joined Ben Bernie's band as an accordionist. He adapted Benny Goodman's music to the accordion. From 1945 to 1960 he worked for NBC, performing on The Dinah Shore Show, Tonight, The Dave Garroway Show and other radio and TV shows with Garroway. He recorded 130 episodes of the 15-minute The Art Van Damme Show for NBC Radio. He was no relation to Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Van Damme toured Europe and was popular with jazz listeners in Japan[3] and regularly won the domestic Down Beat reader's poll for his instrument in the same period.

Van Damme was married, had three children and six grandchildren. Although he retired to Florida, he continued to perform almost to the end of his life. He had been ill with pneumonia for several weeks when he died on February 15, 2010 at the age of 89.[2]


Art Van Damme's More Cocktail Capers (Capitol) with album art by Guidi
  • The Art Of Van Damme (Phillips, B 07189)
  • Pa Kungliga Djurgarden (Pi, PLP 005)
  • Lover Man (Pickwick, SPC 3009)
  • By Request (Sonic Arts Digital, LS12)
  • Art & Liza (Svenska Media AB, SMTE 5003)
  • Cocktail Capers (Capitol, H178)
  • More Cocktail Capers (Capitol, T300)
  • More Cocktail Capers (Capitol, H30)0 (10")
  • The Van Damme Sound (Columbia, CL-544)
  • They're Playing Our Song (Columbia, CL-1227)
  • Everything's Coming Up Music (Columbia, CL-1382/CS-8177)
  • House Party (Columbia, CL-2585)
  • Music For Lovers Harmony (Columbia, HS 11239)
  • Many Mood Of Art (BASF, MC 25113)
  • Star Spangled Rhythm (BASF, MC 25157) (Doppelset)
  • State Of Art (MPS, 841 413 2)
  • 1953 Martini Time (Columbia, CL-630)
  • 1956 Manhattan Time (Columbia, CL-801)
  • 1956 Art Van Damme & Miss Frances Bergen (Columbia, CL873
  • 1956 The Art Of Van Damme (Columbia, CL-876)
  • 1960 Accordion a la Mode (Columbia, CL-1563/CS-8363)
  • 1961 Art Van Damme Swings Sweetly (Columbia, CL-1794/CS 8594)
  • 1962 A Perfect Match (Columbia, CL-2013/CS-8813)
  • 1964 Septet (Columbia, CS-8992)
  • 1966 With Art Van Damme in San Francisco (MPS 15073)(SABA SB 15073 ST)
  • 1967 The Gentle Art of Art (MPS 15114)
  • 1967 Ecstasy (MPS 15115)(SABA, SB 15115 ST)
  • 1968 Art In The Black Forest (MPS, MPS 15172)
  • 1968 Lullaby In Rhythm (MPS, MPS 15 171)
  • 1969 On The Road (MPS, MPS 15235)
  • 1969 Art & Four Brothers (MPS, MPS 15236)
  • 1970 Blue World (MPS 15277)(Pausa, PR 7027)
  • 1970 Keep Going (MPS 15278)(Pausa, PR 7104)
  • 1972 Squeezin' Art & Tender Flutes (MPS 15372)(Pausa, PR 7126)
  • 1972 The Many Moods of Art
  • 1973 Star Spangled Rhythm
  • 1973 Invitation
  • 1973/1979 Art van Damme with Strings (MPS 15412)
  • 1983 Art Van Damme & Friends (Pausa, PR 7151)
  • 1995 Two Originals - Keep Going/Blue World
  • 1998 Van Damme Sound/Martini Time (Collectables CD)
  • 1999 Once Over Lightly/Manhattan Time (Collectables CD)
  • 2000 State of Art (MPS 8414132)
  • 2000 Accordion à la Mode/A Perfect Match
  • 2006 Swinging The Accordion On MPS


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