A Salute to ART VAN DAMME "Keep Swingin"

"Brian…its noontime on Saturday as I’m listening to your latest C.D… I was just wanting to let you know I got the C.D… and really get a kick out of it!!! I enjoy it very much… I especially get a kick out of what you did with "Cherokee." You should be very, very proud!!!"

Art Van Damme (July 2001)

"To me this album is a culmination and successful completion of what Brian Erickson has always wanted to do with the concertina. Brian mastered the technicalities of the concertina at a very young age… all by himself… In his early teens he was bit by "The Art Van Damme bug"… and having already invested a lot of timein his chosen musical instrument… the concertina… he wanted to do something similar with the concertina that Art Van Damme did with the accordion. Brian studied music theory on his own and also with the likes of Dave Remington and most especially the great jazz clarinetist Don Chesebro… learning all he could about chord substitutions, tri-tones, harmonies, related-theory, etc… After listening to his album… I think Brian must have invented a few tricks of his own. When Brian plays the concertina with his feel for jazz and his uncanny use of the bellows… this instrument becomes something totally different… IT SWINGS!!! Just as the great Art Van Damme turned his chosen instrument (the accordion) into a magnificent jazz force!…"


"Brian Erickson also has taken his musical instrument (the concertina) and demonstrated its capabilities in the world of jazz as well."

Casey Szewczyk (August 2001)
(Writer for “The Chicagoland Jazz Journal”
and president of C.Casey Entertainers of Chicago, Ill., USA)

jazzconcertina salute
Pictured above (left to right) Art Van Damme, Freddie Rundquist (Art’s Guitarist) & Brian Erickson having a drink together after one of Art’s gigs at the "Jazz Corner" in Hilton Head, North Carolina, USA.

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Track Listing:
1. Cherokee
2. Ode To A Cleavage Or The Camel
3. Theme From Batman (1960’s T.V. Series)
4. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
5. How Insensitive
6. Ecstasy
7. Lover
8. Danke Schöen
9. I Dream Of Jeannie
10. Avalon

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