Art Van Damme

Art Van Damme

jazz, accordion, lounge, easy listening, instrumental

Art Van Damme (born April 9, 1920 in Norway, Michigan – February 15, 2010) was a jazz accordionist. 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.