Compiled by Jeroen Nijhof.
Please let me know if you find any errors, or if you know of a link that should be included!

Jazz and Avant-Garde

  • Accordion Tribe reads like a who is who of contemporary accordionists: Guy Klucevsek (USA), Maria Kalaniemi (Finland), Bratko Bibic (Slovenia), Lars Hollmer (Sweden), Otto Lechner (Austria). They toured Europe in May '96, and the CD is great! There was a second tour with Guy Klucevsek, Pauline Oliveros, Tim Berne, and Amy Denio. In 2004 Stefan Schwietert filmed an Accordion Tribe documentary, (in German) which won the 2005 Swiss Film Prize for Best Documentary.
  • Mike Adcock [flash site] is an eclectic pianist and accordionist. He was a founding member of Accordions Go Crazy, and has worked with Flaco Jiminez, the Ray Charles orchestra, African dance outfit Shikisha, composer Gavin Bryars, and The Last Dance Orchestra. Currently he plays blues and swing and a bit of zydeco in the Cadillac Kings, traditional Norwegian music with Vek, New Orleans style R&B in Natchez and improvised music in a duo with Clive Bell and in bands Paper Factory and The Unseemly Trio
  • Pianist and compose Alain Roche founded his Alain Roche Trio [uses flash for navigation] in 1999 after meeting "the Groovemaker" Michel Besson. Unfortunately though Michel Besson got ill, and died September 3, 2002. Now Thierry Roques is the accordionist in the trio.

  • Jazz accordionist Mike Alongi from Rockford, Illinois, has appeared with the likes of Frank Marocco, Mort Herold and Stas Venglevski. As classical accordionist Mike has performed with various orchestras, both as a soloist and in an ensemble role. He has also taught keyboard instruments, jazz improvisation and music theory for over 40 years.
  • New York trio The Amazing Accordion Kings are Angelo DiPippo, Frank Toscano and Manny Corallo. Their eponymous CD covers the spectrum from opera to jazz.
  • The (avantgarde) Amoebic Ensemble from Providence, Rhode Island, with Alec K. Redfearn on accordion

  • Dutch Trio Appellation Contrôlée with Servais Haanen (in German) on diatonic accordion and René Meeuws and Gaby Schreiner on hurdy gurdy play contemporary music on instruments linked to ancient and traditional music.
  • Viviane Arnoux is difficult to categorize. Jazz music representative of all the cultures in the world comes close. She has recorded one CD on Buda Musique as part of a duo, Viviane Arnoux and François Michaud: A travel for two, and now four CDs with the group MAM: "Flammes" (which Buda Musique doesn't seem to know anymore), Gouttes d'eau, (in French) Franche Contrée, and Jazz in my musette. (in French) Besides, with MAM she has recorded a CD with Japanese songs, she has two CDs with Hugues Aufray, CDs with Jean Piero, Ray Lema, CDs with African musicians like So Kalmiery, Ngueleka and Bushman, and a techno CD with Limborg. She has toured with les Voix Bulgares, Sam Mangwana, I Mouvrini, and Céline Caussimon; and she plays or played in "Guinguettes & Canotiers". A myspace page for MAM
  • Ohio-based multi-instrumentalist David Badagnani plays accordion in Australian bush band River Bottom Bushwhackers, whose repertoire also includes old-time American and Irish music.

  • Accordionist, pianist and band leader Nick Ballarini from Dallas, Texas, has appeared with people like Luciano Pavarotti, Matt Matthews and The Chieftains. Besides, together with his son Nick he sells new and second hand accordions and accessories, and does repairs and tuning.
  • The Band Who Knew Too Much is a pub jazz band from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, with Dave Evans on accordion.
  • Jazz accordionist Joe Sonny Barbato from Boston has toured Europe as well as the United States, and he continues to work as a freelance musician and teacher in New York City as well as Boston. He has played on over 30 recordings ranging from country to jazz, and in 2006 he recorded a CD with his own group/project, "Crackerjack". A myspace page for Sonny Barbato

  • Ludovic Beier (in French) is a French jazz/ swing musette accordionist and accordina player. He has performed in France, the United States and Canada, and recorded various CDs, in a duo with guitarist Angelo Debarre and with his "Ludovic Beier Quartet". A new 'official' Ludovic Beier site [Flash only]; Ludovic Beier's myspace page.
  • Pablo Bentos from Argentina grew up with Chamamé. He had is first radio performance by the time he was 8, and toured with a dance company orchestra when he was 14. After conservatory, he got a grant to go to the USA; from there he went to Japan, where he got a job as atmosphere musician at Tokyo Disney Sea. Currently he lives in Tokyo, and he is studying jazz technique, inspired by Frank Marocco.
  • French jazz accordionist and composer Marc Berthoumieux. (in French)

  • Organetto player Simone Bottasso from the North of Italy plays traditonal Piemontese dance music in trio Stygiens (in Italian) and "new roots" -- traditional regional music blended with jazz and classical music in Abnoba (in Italian) (flash site). Previously he played experimental folk music in the Suriscot Trio. (in Italian)
  • Norwegian hobby accordionist Nils-Helge Brede plays evergreens, swing, waltz, tango and Latin.
  • The Willem Breuker Kollektief regularly features the accordeon, as do other bands on the BVHaast label

  • Scottish jazz accordionist Shane Brogan
  • Vladimir Kaliazine plays or played bayan in Dallas, Texas based sexted Café Noir. They fuse Gypsy, tango, jazz and classical music. He also plays in the Kalinka duo, together with balalaikay player Sergey Vashchenko.
  • Rüdiger Carl is a German free jazz musician, whose main instrument seems to be the accordion

  • American Pianist, Accordionist and Composer Jo Ann Castle debuted on The Lawrence Welk Show over 40 years ago. From 1994-2000, she headlined at the Lawrence Welk Champagne Theater in Branson, Missouri, and she now performs across the USA and Canada.
  • Cauld Blast Orchestra from Scotland, with Norman Chalmers on concertina, tin whistle and bagpipe chanter, and Iain Johnstone on piano, tuba, tenor horn and accordion, plays a mixture of jazz, folk, classical music and rock
  • Italian jazz accordionist Salvatore Cauteruccio (in Italian) has recorded two CDs: "Tangout" with the "Nova 4tet" project, and "Live in Studio" with the Acoustic Music Ensemble. He also teaches accordion, in his own school in Roseto degli Abruzzi (Teramo), and at the Accademia Musicale del Vallo di Diano in Salerno.

  • Tony Cedras is a pianist, composer, vocalist, accordionist, and trumpeter from South Africa. He played accordion on Paul Simon's Graceland tours, and he has played alongside Sime, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Henry Threadgill, and many others.
  • After 15 years of playing classical guitar, Laure Chailloux started playing the diatonic accordion in 1986. In 2004 she became a full time musician. Her music has influences of baroque, repetitive and minimalist music, musette, rock'n'roll, and traditional music. Many of her programmes are theatrical; for instance in "Petites Histoires en Accordéon" she plays in a hut in parks, and the project "Itinéraires sonores" is adapted to the surroundings each time -- museums, industrial waste lands, gardens, etc. She also performs with various theatre groups. Besides, she plays in a duo with diatonic accordionist Didier Demarq.
  • Yves Choffel (in French) from France started by musette, but since about 1997, he is influenced by Richard Galliano "New Musette"

  • Jacek Grekow and Piotr Chołołowicz from Poland play accordion (bayan) arrangements of Bulgarian and Macedonian folk music. They recorded a CD Kyrillikata A review of Jacek Grekow and Piotr Chołołowicz's Kyrillikata CD
  • Johnny Coleclough is the president of Stockport Accordion Club. For many years he was the resident organist at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, and he has played accordion with the "Mantovani Orchestra". His site contains (links to) videos of various of his concerts at the Stockport accordion club.
  • Accordionist Dominic Cortese (1921 - 2001) was a very sought after session musician from New York, who has appeared on numerous albums, including Elvis' "Viva Las Vegas", Bob Dylan's "Desire", the "Beauty and the Beast" soundtrack and and various Billy Joel albums. A Space Age Pop article about Dominic Cortese

  • Professional jazz musician and lawyer Gianni Coscia from Italy
  • Mario D'Amario from Italy has won numerous competitions, amongst which the Junior Variété/virtuoso category at the 2006 Coupe Mondiale in Asker and the 2008 Trophée Mondiale in Sarajevo. He is an endorser for Ballone Burini and Roland, and in 2009 he released his first CD, "Carnevale".
  • Russian jazz piano accordionist Vladimir Danilin. Another page for Vladimir Danilin (in Russian) with some tracks from his trio's CD, "Once I loved".

  • Accordion jazz duo Tony Dannon and Joe Cerrito from the USA (with sound clips)
  • Accordion virtuoso and composer Kim Darwin from British Columbia, Canada plays a blend of tango, musette, 20th Century composition and modern jazz. He also teaches various workshops.
  • Milton Delugg

  • Amy Denio is a Seattle-based avant-garde composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist: voice, accordion, saxophone, clarinet, bass and guitar. Amongst others she played in the second Accordion Tribe tour.
  • Diatonic accordion (organetto) player Danilo Di Paolonicola (in Italian) from Teramo, Italy has won numerous prizes, amongst which the 2007 "Premio Città di Castelfidardo" for jazz accordion with his group "Ethnic Project". He also teaches in Teramo.
  • Italian jazz accordionist Pino Di Modugno. (in Italian) A review of Pino Di Modugno: Bedouin.

  • Jazz accordionist Angelo DiPippo from Garden City, N.Y. has recorded with numerous artists, including Peggie Lee, The Ramones, Robert Merill, Harry Belafonte, Randy Newman and Gilbert Becaud. He has performed on TV shows (amongst others The Tonight Show and Sesame Street!), in movies including "The Godfather", and in various Broadway productions. He is presently active in New York City as an accordionist and arranger, amongst others in trio Amazing Accordion Kings
  • The Dixie Power Trio from Virginia features Zach Smith on accordion, washboard and blues-harp
  • Anna Domino plays acoustic and classical guitars as well as the accordion

  • Drömorkestern with Lars Holm on accordion has been active for some 15 years; it has been the permanent feature of the Malmö Poetry Days from the start.
  • Earstu is a avant-jazz-punk band from Sonoma County, California, fronted by Charles Greer on button box
  • Famous Accordion Orchestra is an accordion quartet (or sometimes larger ensemble) from Brooklyn, New York, led by Bob Goldberg. (the other permanent members are Carl Riehl, Genevieve Leloup and Mark Nathanson). They are extremely eclectic -- they perform music by Rossini, Offenbach, Stephen Foster, Duke Ellington, Paolo Conte, Joseba Tapia, Kraftwerk, Italian, Klezmer and Balkan tunes, as well as original compositions. Also, they form the core of the annual " Angels and Accordions event at Green-Wood Cemetery.

  • Keyboardist and accordionist Danny Federici (1950 - 2008) was a member of Bruce Springsteen's the E Street Band. Apparently, in 1996 Bruce Springsteen did a special benefit concert in Asbury Park, NJ that was essentially just him on accoustic guitar along with Federici on accordion (which is available as a bootleg). In 2001 he released another solo CD, with smooth jazz. Danny Federici at mp3.com. A Wikipedia article for Danny Federici.
  • Gordie Fleming (1931-2002) was a jazz accordionist from Winnipeg, Canada, who appeared in Vaudeville theatre from the age of five. From 1941 he appeared regularly on various Canadian radio stations. In 2004 an anthology was published, with 25 recordings from 1948-1990.
  • The FMP label has recorded several accordionists: Fred Van Hove, Sven Åke Johansson, Rüdiger Carl, Heiner Goebbels, Manfred Becker, and Han Bennink. If Han Bennink is anything to go by, this is strictly free jazz. An FMP catalog

  • Luigi Frisina is an accordionist from Perth, Australia, with some 30 years experience, playing in styles ranging from Classical to Modern, Latin to Jazz. He has recorded 2 CDs, which are available directly from him or via CDBaby.
  • Dominic Frontiere, jazz accordionist and mastermind behind The Mighty Accordion Band, started his career by joining Horace Heidt's big band in 1949, where he replaced Dick Contino
  • Richard Galliano, inventor of the "new musette". A page for Richard Galliano at Dreyfus Records, which has published a number of his CDs -- amongst others a triple CD with three live concerts.

  • Portuguese accordionist and bandoneon player João Gentil studied accordion with Paulo Jorge Ferreira, Jose António Sousa in Portugal and Jacques Mornet in France, and bandoneon with Julian Hasse in Argentina. He has performed numerous times on Portuguese TV and radio braodcast, as well as at festivals all over the world.
  • Ghorar Deem Express is a band from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with Rachel Koppelmans on accordion. They are rooted in improvizational jazz, but mix in rock, funk, disco, and Balkan rhythms and melodies.
  • Bob Goldberg from New York is available for live performance and studio work. He has played with Washboard Jungle, the Brooklyn Academy of Noise Radio Orchestra, and in Le Nozze di Carlo. He also teaches piano and accordion.

  • Gil Goldstein is a jazz pianist, synthesizer player and accordionist. He also plays tango in the Tango Kings.
  • English accordionist Martin Green grew up playing English and Irish traditional music in the south of England -- but not necessarily in a traditional style. He keeps himself busy: for The Green Machine he brought together various musical friends to play his original compositions, in particular after he was commissioned to write some music for Celtic Connections 2006. He also plays in trio LAU with Kris Drever and Aidan O'Rourke. They play a modern sound, based on the traditions of England, Scotland and the Orkney. And with fiddler and guitar player Joe Townsend he recorded return to the woods, an album with influences including Duke Ellington, Romanian gypsy music, minimalism and English folk music. Previously he also played with Eliza Carthy (with whom he recorded a duo album Dinner), with Kathryn Tickell, Joan Baez, Linda Thompson, Eddi Reader, the Be Good Tanyas, etc.
  • Irish jazz musician and composer Ronan Guilfoyle wrote "Phantom City" (1997) for soprano sax, accordion, bass guitar and drums.

  • American jazz accordionist Tommy Gumina made various recordings in the 1950s and 60s; in 1968 he started Polytone, a manufacturer of amplifiers. He still occasionally gigs. A Space Age Pop biography of Tommy Gumina,
  • Gurzuf from Belarus is a duo consisting of accordionist Egor Zabelov and drummer Artem Zalesskiy. They play a kind of progressive rock, and tour all over Europe
  • Dutch diatonic accordionist Servais Haanen, now based in Germany, plays "imaginary folk music" -- a mixture of minimal music, jazz and musette. he enjoys playing in ensembles, often with unusual line-ups. He plays or has played in Appellation Contrôlée (Avantgarde), Quatro Ventos (Fado and Portuguese music) and at the KlangWeltenFestival (world music), and also composes for music theatre and documentaries.

  • Organist, accordionist, pianist, bandleader and tv/radio personality Jon Hammond from San Francisco. He has got his own weekly TV jazz show on MCTV. Some Jon Hammond CDs can be ordered from musicforaccordion.com.
  • Accordionist Jutta Hatzold (in German) is a music therapist and teacher from Gröbenzell, Germany. Apart from teaching, she also plays, latin swing and chanson jazz in demRennerseineBand (in German) and klezmer, tango, folk, jazz, etc. in trio Zuppa Nova (in German)
  • Sven Hermann (in German) is an accordionist and composer from Essen, Germany. He studies with Teodoro Anzellotti and Alois Müller and has studied with Mie Miki and Nicolaus Huber. Together with electric bass player Matthias Hettmer he forms the duo Interzone perceptible, in which he plays electrified accordion and electronics.

  • Lars Hollmer (1948 - 2008) was a Swedish accordionist, keyboard player and composer. He played accordion amongst others in Samla Mammas Manna, (in Swedish) and in the international accordion quintet Accordion Tribe. His solo CDs appear on his Krax label. Another Samla Mammas Manna page. A biography of Lars Hollmer
  • Huxley Vertical is a Neo-Weimar orchestra from New York, led by accordionist Seth Bedford. They perform new and period cabaret, chanson and jazz. When Seth is on the west coast, he performs with Miss Veronique Chevalier. Seth Bedford's myspace page.
  • René Laanen's jazzmasters.nl is a directory of Dutch jazz musicians (amongst which accordionists).

  • Luzian Jenny (in German) from Bern, Switzerland "sweet and sour dance music for dreaming" in a duo with saxophonist Monica Staehelin, and "Chamber-Folk-Jazz" in trio Walther-Gubler-Jenny. He has also been involved in various street music and music theatre groups.
  • Sven--Åke Johansson [flash site] is a free jazz musician from Sweden, now living in Berlin. A page for Sven-Åke Johansson as part of the European free improvisation pages
  • Kahiba is a German/Swiss/Austrian trio, with Christian Bakanic (from Graz) on accordion and piano. They play a mixture of jazz, Musica Brasileira, Zydeco, electronics and "Folklore of Imaginaire". Christian Bakanic also played solo and in many other ensembles, including "Folksmilch", "Beefolk", "Trio Infernal", "Mala Junta", and "Tanguango".

  • Katzen Kapell is a group from Sweden, fronted by Catharina Backman on accordion and vocals, who play alternative music inspired by the likes of Astor Piazzolla, Frank Zappa, and Nino Rota (and Kurt Weil, I suspect).
  • Guy Klucevsek is one of the foremost avant-garde accordionists. A Rootsworld feature on Guy Klucevsek; a discography. Guy Klucevsek's reminiscences on how he started playing the accordion, and how he got to play the stuff he plays. Some of his records have been published on John Zorn's Tzadik label. Guy Klucevsek's myspace page
  • Knopf Quartet (in French) is a diatonic accordion quartet from Belgium consisting of Anne Niepold, Vincent Ansaldi, Sophie Cavez and Jonathan De Neck. They play there own compositions, that sit somewhere inbetween jazz, contemporary music, classic music and folk.

  • "Soviet Swing band" The Kremlinaires from London with Serguei Pachnine on accordion and vocals.
  • kurz & bündig (in German) is a band from Stuttgart with the rather unusual line up of recorder, accordion and percussion. Marc-Oliver Brehm is the accordionist, and they play jazz standards, blues, Dixieland, folk, film hits, and their own compositions
  • Chromatic button accordionist Idoia Laburu from the Basque Country studies with or has studied with Joxan Goikoetxea. She plays jazz and musette, and in 2005 Idoia Laburu won the first Primus Ikaalinen prize, at the Sata-Häme festival. On Youtube there are various Idoia Laburu videos, many with Joxan Goikoetxea.

  • The Lagrené Ensemble (in Dutch) [youtube video, with biography] from the Netherlands, with Willy Lagrené on accordion and vocals, plays (or played?) Gypsy jazz and Gypsy tango.
  • Accordionist and bandoneonist Stephan Langenberg (in German) from Cologne, Germany, plays jazz and world music, in particular Latin American music. He performs solo, with his trio or quartet. He also plays Argentine tango with Los Attorantes, (in German) and he is active in film and theatre.
  • Kurt Larsen from Denmark is a professional accordionist who plays mainly jazz, amongst others in the Erling Kroner Dream Quintet. But he plays and has recorded other genres as well, such as Danish children's songs, Danish evergreens and musette.

  • The Last of the International Playboys, a nine-piece latin jazz and lounge act, with Walter Kuhr (of New York's Main Squeeze shop) on accordion
  • Blind Austrian jazz accordionist Otto Lechner was part of the first Accordion Tribe tour
  • Composer and multi-instrumentalist Gina Leishman was born in England, studied music in Vienna and Edinburgh, and now lives in New York. Amongst others she is co-founder of the Kamikaze Ground Crew septet, and co-leader of the Mr. Wau-Wa band, a quintet dedicated to the songs of Bertolt Brecht

  • Jazz pianist and accordionist Marc Leseyeux plays piano with his Trio and in latin-jazz septet Tinta Azul, and accordion with his Quartet. With the latter he has recorded a CD "Swinguette" in 2005 -- swing musette style.
  • Jazz accordionist Jeff Lisenby from Nashville, Tennessee holds a master's degree from The Conservatory of Music of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (presumably he studied with Joan Cochran Sommers). He tours extensively, and has toured amongst others with Luciano Pavarotti, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton. Most recently he was music director for the Broadway show "Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash". Apart for performing, he teaches composition at Belmont University's School of Music and he is active in the Nashville recording scene. Jeff Lisenby's myspace page.
  • Jazz accordionist Tony Lovello from Buffalo New York, formerly of The Three Suns

  • Balkan accordionist Martin Lubenov from Bulgaria studied classical music and jazz in Sofia and in Vienna, where he now lives. He combines Balkan Roma music with shades of swing, modern jazz, tango nuevo, salsa and musette in his Martin Lubenov Orkestar, whereas in his trio/quartet/quintet Jazzta Prasta the emphasis is probably slightly more on the jazz side. He is represented by Culture Works
  • Accordion legend Charles Magnante (1905 - 1986) helped raise the profile of the accordion as a serious instrument. In 1939 he was the first accordionist to play Carnegie Hall, and in the 1940s he played up to 31 radio broadcasts a week. A Charles Magnante biography by Tom Colins. Charles Magnante: Background For Success, is a series of essays, which originally appeared in Accordion World (New York) in 1938.
  • mama!milk is a duo from Japan consisting of Yuko Ikoma on accordion and Kohsuke Shimizu on bass. Their music has elements of jazz and musette. They've got a record out on NRP records

  • Frank Marocco is a jazz accordionist who has played on hundreds of movie soundtracks, TV shows, etc. -- If you hear an accordion in any Hollywood movie from the last umpteen years, it's probably him. Karthause Schmülling has published a book about him with his work in films, accompanied by 3 CDs: Frank Marocco - Jazz on the Road (available from musicforaccordions.com)
  • Mat Mathews, born in the Hague, the Netherlands, in 1924, moved to the USA in 1952. He is back in the Netherlands now; amongst others, he plays in a duo "the scmuck and the schmo" with Jos Valster.
  • French jazz accordionist Jean Louis Matinier (in German) plays mostly in a duo with bass player Renaud Garcia-Fons.

  • Johnny Meijer was an accordion virtuoso from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • Accordionist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Alex Meixner started performing in his father's Al Meixner Trio. Currently based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Alex is performing as a solo artist and with numerous touring ensembles. Ensembles include polka band "Alex Meixner Band", jazz combo "Jazz Visions", Gypsy music with "Muzika Europa", and in Polka Freak Out, with ex-Brave Combo member Bubba Hernandez. He also teaches, and does a series of multi-cultural music education seminars which are available through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts "Artists in Education" program.
  • Gwenaë Micault is an accordionist, bandoneon player, pianist, composer and arranger of Breton origin, born in Morocco, and now living in Belgium. With violin player Jean-Pierre Catoul he playe jazz fusion and world music, with Gypsy, Arab, Japanese, Bulgarian, American and French influences; Later he played piano and keyboards in Breton band Orion, and bandoneon in Silent Song Sextet, who play the music of Spanish classical composer Federico Mompou (1898 - 1978).

    French jazz accordionist Daniel Mille [Flash site] studied at the CIM in Paris, and later tought there.

  • Les Misters de Jazz from France, with Max Marcilly on accordion, play French jazz and swing-musette in the style of Gus Viseur and Django Reinhardt.
  • Valarie Morris is a multi-instrumentalist from El Sobrante, California, who started on -- and still plays -- the accordion

  • The Motion Trio is an accordion trio from Poland, founded in 1996 by Janusz Wojtarowicz, and also with Paweł Baranek and Marcin Gałazyn. Theyr music has influences from rock, jazz, and classical music, and they have worked with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Tomasz Stańko and Michał Urbaniak. One of their CDs, "Pictures", has won various "CD of the Year" awards.
  • Frank Mucedola from the Central New York Area has for many years played in various dance bands and with symphony orchestras. With his sextet he has recorded a CD with standards, arranged for easy listening. Frank Mucedola also has an accordion school in Auburn, New York.
  • Alicia J. Rose started her career as Miss Murgatroid in late 1989. On her 1930's Dallape accordion she plays distorted melodic soundscapes, soundtracks to nightmares, and noisy lullabies for devout insomniacs. She also plays in a duo with violinist Petra Haden.

  • Norimich Nagasaka (in Japanese) is a Japanese accordionist who plays or played in trio Exile. He also seems to run his own record label.
  • Jean-Luc Nest sells scores of his scores for accordion solo or duo. A few "little study pieces" are available on-line, in PDF format. Recently he has recorded some jazz music with a quartet consisting of Mathias Hecklen Obernesser, Jean-Luc Nest, Sorin Ghera and Pierre Boutelant on violin, accordion, cimbalom and percussion respectively. Pages with recordings for Jean-Luc Nest solo and instantMusic (live improvisations with Mathias Hecklen Obernesser or the quartet).
  • The Newtones is a trio from Italy, consisting of Roberto Beneventi on accordion Just Mauro on keyboards and accordion and Andrea Buttazzo on percussion. They play music by the likes of Astor Piazzolla, Miles Davis, Bob Marley, etc. -- but in their own way.

  • Franz A. Nicolay is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from New York. He plays accordion in two groups: cabaret-punk circus The World/Inferno Friendship Society and in Gypsy-klezmer band Guignol. He is also the founder of composer/performer collective Anti-Social Music. A Wikipedia entry for Franz Nicolay
  • Noteworthy Recordings: Just squeeze me: [jazz] accordionists
  • Japanese jazz accordionist Yuichi Ohtsuka

  • Jazz/swing accordionist Ken Olendorf from Seattle, WA -- accordionist, pianist, keyboard player, singer, arranger, composer, musical director, and recording artist. He has recorded an album with with Paul Anastasio, "Hot Violin and Cool Accordion". There also is a CD on Horseshoe Records featuring Ken Olendorf playing accordion and piano: "Brian the Lion". That one can be purchased from Swing Cat as well, and it is also available from Rus Davis, 4325 156th St S.E., Bothell, Wa. 98012, for $18.
  • Avant garde accordionist Pauline Oliveros, who plays in the Deep Listening Band. A Pauline Oliveros discography. An interview with Pauline Oliveros.
  • Ron Oswanski is a young pianist, accordionist and keyboard player, currently living in the New York area.

  • Sylvia Pagni from Scerne di Pineto, Italy, is a demonstrator for Excelsior. She has recorded works by amongst others Art van Damme, Pietro Deiro and Wolter Bertrami, and own compositions.
  • Klaus Paier [flash site] is an Austrian accordionist and bandoneon player, who started playing classical music and jazz (winning the jazz category at Castelfidardo a few years running), but now he concentrates on Tango Nuevo, and tango/jazz fusion. He plays with his own trio (sometimes plus a string quartet), and in a duo with saxophone and clarinet player Gerald Preinfalk.
  • Göran Palm & Uffe Flink Trio (in Swedish) from Bolnäs, Sweden, are a quartet altogether: Göran Palm on accordion and Uffe Flink's trio. In 2005 they recorded a CD, "Blue Concept", published on the Liphone label, with compositions by Telonius Monk and the like.

  • Andrea Parkins from New York is a composer and improviser who plays accordion, piano and sampler. She has recorde two solo albums, "Cast Iron Fact" and "Slippage", both on the Knitting Factory label. She regularly plays in the trio of New York tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin. A review of Andrea Parkins' Slippage
  • For three years, multi-instrumentalist Zeena Parkins from New York was a member of an accordion duo with Billy Swindler. She also played accordion in quintet No Safety; nowadays she mostly plays electro-harp, it seems.
  • pianist, accordionist and composer Van Dyke Parks

  • Pearl Django is a Hot Club style band from Seattle, Washington, with David Lange on accordion. They have been playing since 1994, and have recorded 9 CDs.
  • French accordionist and composer Jacques Pellarin used to play mostly classical and traditonal Russian music in the Baïkal Duo, with accordionist and bandoneon player Jean-Luc Brunetti, but since 2004 he mostly plays world jazz music; first with a quartet, and now solo or with his (acoustic) Jacques Pellarin Trio. A review of Jacques Pellarin Trio: Sound of Philadelphia. Apart from CDs, he also sells sheet music for his own compositions.
  • Pere Ubu founder David Thomas plays the accordion. Ubu Projex, "the arts and affairs directory for Pere Ubu and releted projex". David Thomas also played in "The Accordion Club", with at various times John Kirkpatrick, Alan Dunn, and Lynne Thomas.

  • Sergey Petrov is a professional musician from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He plays variety-jazz style, and musette, cajun and zydeco, and bossa nova
  • Russian accordion player and vocalist Evelyn Petrova
  • Peter Piccini from Australia has appeared on radio (since the age of 15) and TV, and worked in the USA, Vietnam and in various countries in Europe. His recording carreer stretches back to 1958. In 2001 he released a CD "Cool Change", with his Jazz trio. Sheet music for some 50 of his compositions are for sale at musicforaccordion.co m, as well as 5 Peter Piccini CDs

  • Kimmo Pohjonen from Finland plays 5-row chromatic, melodeon, harmonica, and sometimes gogo marimba. He has played in folk and rock groups, but his primary focus today is his solo 5-row accordion project, featuring original and extreme compositions for accordion, live effects, a powerful and animated stage performance, orchestrated lights and quadrophonic sound. It is different from anything else you might have seen before! A Kimmo Pohjonen page at Rootsworld.
  • Victor Prieto from Spain has merged classical music with Jazz and Gallician music while developing the taste for a unique style, which led to the invention of a new technique: a chordal approach on both hands.
  • Emanuele Rastelli is an accordionist from San Marino, Italy, who plays in a various genres: jazz, musette, tango, and Brazilian, music.

  • Multi-instrumentalist, accordionist and composer Rob Reich from the San Francisco Bay area graduated in 2000 from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied Composition with amongst others Pauline Oliveros. He plays or has played with numerous bands, amongst others gypsy-jazz group Gaucho, acoustic ensemble The Golden Melody Band, jazz/folk in the Nice Guy Trio, with one-ring circus Circus Bella, in klezmer band Kugelplex and in accordion trio "Welcome to Hell" with Dan Cantrell and Isabel Douglas.
  • Ted Reichman played accordion in the Refuseniks trio, and plays in the new ensemble of Anthony Braxton
  • Per Romin (in Swedish) from Saltsjö-Boo, Sweden, plays accordion, double bass (which he studied at the Stockholm conservatory) and guitar. Amongst others he plays accordion jazz with the Per Romins Jazz trio, and jazz standards and rock with the Per Romins kvartett.

  • Renzo Ruggieri is an Italian jazz accordionist, who plays amongst others solo and in "Renzo Ruggieri Group", and who has written a jazz accordion method. His website includes a forum (in Italian) about the accordion and its didactics. Renzo Ruggieri at www.accordions.com. Renzo Ruggieri CDs are for sale at musicforaccordion.com. Renzo Ruggieri's Youtube channel
  • Jamie Saft is a player of various keyboards, piano, organ, etc, who plays accordion in the Peter Epstein Quartet (and some accordion on Jerry Granelli's "Enter, A Dragon").
  • Sardinian jazz accordionist and pianist Antonelli Salis has played in a duo with Richard Galliano, and he is one of the musicians in Eric Rohmer's Conte d'automne.

  • Tomás San Miguel is a Basque composer, pianist and accordionist, now living in Madrid. His latest CD, "Dan_Txa", is the third part of his project Tomás San Miguel+Txalparta (where he plays with txalaparta players, indeed). His music is a mixture of Basque traditional music and contemporary music.
  • Murl Allen Sanders is a modern accordionist, pianist, composer and recording artist from Seattle, Washington, who plays pop, rock, zydeco, country, jazz, blues and various ethnic styles on piano and accordion. His latest CD is his Accordion Concerto #1, recorded live June 6, 2003 with Orchestra Seattle.
  • Richard Sanderson from London, UK, took up the squeezebox after meeting the American experimental accordianist Pauline Oliveros and becoming interested in Morris Dancing. He performs free improvisation, solo, in a trio with Steve Beresford and Anna Homler, and various ad hoc groups. In 2005 he published his first solo record, "Pinhole", which features squeezebox and electronics. A myspace page for Homler Beresford Sanderson

  • With his trio, Donato Santoianni (in Italian) attempts to combine the chords and melodies of the accordion: tango, Musette and Italian traditional music, together with jazz and Bossa Nova. He also teaches, at the Istituto Comprensivo and at his own school, both in San Martino in Pensilis (Campobasso)
  • Japanese jazz accordionist Yoshiaki Sato (in Japanese)
  • Blind jazz pianist and sometime accordionist George Shearing was born in London in 1919, but lives in the USA since 1947.

  • Accordion duo Smeulders & Smeulders are brothers Ivan and Mike, from Kalmthout, Belgium, who also play in the band of Bart Peeters.
  • Rene Sopa (in French) [flash site] started learning the accordion at the age of 9 with Lucien Gaillano - the father of Richard Galliano. At the age of 18 he turned professional, and he has since performed at numerous festivals, such as the Nice Jazz festival, the Cannes Accordion Festival, the Django Reinhardt Festival in Librechies (Belgium) and the Breda Jazz festival.
  • The Sour Mash Hug Band from the Bay Area, with Dylan M. Blackthorne (formerly?) on accordion, plays sort of jug band style folk music. In a similar vein, and probably sharing personel: Thee Hobo Gobbelins, "Troglodyte Jug band ov thee Unseelie Court"

  • Italian accordionist Antonio Spaccarotella studied with Lucio Cortese, Enrico Volpe, Renzo Ruggieri and Luciano Biondini. He plays jazz, French, tango, experimental music, etc., and works as a demonstrator for Logic System and for SOUNDS srl. He also teaches at his own school in Cetraro (Cosenza), and is artistic director for the Accordion Revolution music competition.
  • Karen Street from the UK is a professional accordionist, saxophonist and composer. She participates in broad range of projects encompassing classical, contemporary and jazz, amongst others as a regular member of Mike Westbrook's groups. As a composer she specialises in writing music for saxophone, but she also writes for accordion; one of compositions on her debut CD, won the Composition Competition at the 2001 London Accordion Festival,
  • STriCat [Flash site] is a Balkan jazz trio from the Netherlands, consisting of Theo van Tol on accordion, Gijs Levelt on trumpet and Bokkie Vink on cymbalom.

  • Massimo Tagliata (1973-) is an accordionist and bandoneon player from Bologna. At the age of 15 he started studying tango with bandoneon player Marco Fabbri, and in 1994 he won first prize in the Castelfidardo competition in the Contemporary Music category. He performs with and records with various groups and artists, amongst others in "Marea", co-founded in 2006 with guitarist Andrea Dessì, and with Frank Marocco.
  • The Tamuja Trio (in German) [flash site] from Switzerland/Germany, with Marina Prohaska on accordion, plays tangos, musette and jazz. Another Tamuja Trio (in German) page
  • Tefu-Kin-Do (?) is a trio from Tokyo with Mitsuyo Sakamoto (in Japanese) on accordion, piano and keyboard. They play Jazz (Gipsy swing), Latin, Brazilian, Tango and Mussete.

  • Avant garde quintet 3 Leg Torso with Courtney Von Drehle on accordion has one foot in modern chamber music, one foot in Eastern European music and one foot popping up in the oddest of places.
  • The Tin Hat Trio from the Bay Area, with Rob Burger on accordion, is an acoustical chamber group that blends tango, bluegrass, contemporary classical, and Eastern European folk "with an avant-garde sensibility"
  • jazz/new music pianist, composer and accordionist Lee Tomboulian from Appleton, Wisconsin is the leader of Latin jazz band band Circo. He has also played piano accordion with Kenny Wheeler and Maria Schneider at Lawrence University, and he plays with the L[awrence] U[niversity] Trio with Mark Urness on bass and Dane Richeson on percussion. A Myspace page for Lee Tomboulian.

  • Tonos Triad is an acoustic instrumental trio from Indianapolis, Indiana, with Rod Schindler on accordion They play "Jazzpop/Eurofolk".
  • Accordionist Toucas from France plays jazz with strong Latin influences: Cuban, Brazilian and fado. Amongst others he plays in Trio El Basan (in French) He also teaches acordion at École ATLA (in French) in Paris.
  • Accordionist, keyboard player and composer Cathie Travers from Australia has made a living out of crossing musical boundaries. She plays with and has composed for tango, jazz and fusion groups, dance and theatre companies, a rock band, and various chamber groups and symphony orchestras. Cathie Traver's myspace page; and Cathie Traver a.k.a. AccordionJo's Youtube channel.

  • Trio I Treni Inerti from Barcelona, which is "firmly committed to musical exploration", constists of Ruth Barberan and Mat Davis on trumpet and Alfredo Costa Monteiro on accordion.
  • Tricycle from Belgium consists of three jazz musicians, including Tuur Florizoone [Flash site] on accordion. The trio was founded to accompany performances of circus school "Cirkus in Beweging", but has evolved into a regular concert band. They mostly play their own compositions, jazz and world music -- at the age of 17, Tuur Florizoone spent a year in Brazil, where he played in various groups, and followed workshops with Nana Vasconselos and Gilberto Gil. In 2004 they published their first CD, "Orange for Tea". They have toured widely, amongst others in Brazil, China, Canada, Romania and Germany.
  • Vagabond Opera from the Pacific Northwest is fronted by trained opera tenor Eric Stern on vocals, accordion and quarter tone accordion. Their music is a bland of many elements including opera, cabaret, jazz, Middle Eastern, klezmer, tango and Balkan.

  • Taito Vainio plays accordion on two Edward Vesala records
  • Art Van Damme (April 9, 1920 - February 15, 2010) is one of the most famous jazz accordionists, if not the most famous one. An article about Art van Damme at accordions.com, reprinted from the sprint 1983 issue of Accord Magazine.
  • Accordionist, arranger and composer Romano Viazzani (1966-) from London studied accordion under Frank Lilley and Prof. Owen Murray. In 1981 he co-founded an Italian flavour function band L'Orchestra Rara, which later expanded both in size and repertoire to become The High Society Dance Orchestra; that band finally disbanded in 2002. In December 2001, together with his wife he organised the London Accordion Festival, which was attended by nearly 1000 people. Since 2002 he plays with Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble. Also, he plays solo concerts all over the UK, France and Italy, and he is the UK demonstrator for the Roland-V accordion.

  • The Victoria Trio is a swing accordion trio from the Netherlands, led by Bouke Feleus.
  • Dallas Vietty is a composer and jazz accordionist from Philadelphia. He has studied with Stanley Darrow and Joanna Arnold. Dallas has recently recorded and performed with national guitar flatpicking champion Mark Cosgrove. Previously he has performed with polka accordionist Alex Meixner, and toured in Japan with the Blue Note Swing Orchestra.
  • VIOLInoACORDEÃO is an Portuguese avantgarde duo consisting of João Pedro Cunha on violin and Gonçalo Pescada on accordion.

  • Composer, arranger, accordion and qanoun player Kostas Vomvolos from Greece has composed music for over 80 theater plays for groups in Greece, the UK and Ireland. In 1994 he founded group "Primavera en Salonico" with singer Savina Yannatou. He was a member of ethnic jazz trio "Wutu wupatou", and in 2005 formed new music oriented trio Tabako.
  • Zakarya is an avant garde Jewish quartet from Paris, founded by accordionist Yves Weyh. Their debut album was published on John Zorn's Tzadik label. A review of their epynomouz Zakarya debut CD at Ari Dawidow's Klezmer Shack, and a review of their second CD, Something Obvious.
  • Simone Zanchini [uses flash for navigation] from Novafeltria, Italy, is an eclectic performer with a partiality for jazz, "etno music" and Argentine Tango. His performance with the saxophone ensemble "Hallo Mr. Sax" was one of the highlights of the 2001 London Accordion Festival.