ReeDWooder, Vol. 245 June-July, 2017

Presidents Message

Tony Mustaro

Dear Friends,

Hope this issue of the Reedwooder finds everyone well, healthy, happy and ready to attend our next general meeting on June 19 of this month. The fun band will be there at 6:30 as usual to start off our evening of music. In discussing the fun band at our last board meeting, we have realized that the group has been without an official leader since Steve Balich has been unable to continue in that capacity. Steve has always expressed his appreciation of our Scholarship Chairman, Frank Divita’s playing ability, and accordingly the board has asked me to ask Frank to officially assume the position of leader. Xavier will continue to do the great job that he has always done as the band music librarian. We are anxious to hear another selection of our club songs this coming meeting.

The club will be selling discounted tickets to the Cotati Accordion Festival again this year. Cathy Patton has graciously volunteered to act as ticket sales chairperson for this year. Art Clark will, of course, be selling tickets as he has done in the past. You can see either Cathy or Art to purchase tickets. If you have friends attending Cotati this year, be sure to ask them if they would like to purchase tickets through our club. This will benefit the club and help them to save money at the same time. It’s a win win deal.

The board has decided to have a pasta dinner at our general meeting in the month of August (August 21, to be exact). I have usually received positive reviews of my sugo at past dinners, so I have volunteered to prepare this again. Kris Nelson and Steve Albini have volunteered to prepare the meal as well. We’ll be serving pasta with meat sauce, salad and Italian bread starting at 6:30 on the night of the meeting. All members and their guests are invited and encouraged to attend.

Ann Albertoni, our club secretary, and also President of the Sons of Italy Petaluma, has informed me that they are planning a picnic at Penngrove Park on August 13. See Ann for more information regarding this event. If you would like to perform on behalf of our club at this event, please talk to Ann about that as well.

Before I sign off, I want to remind you that if you haven’t yet sent your annual membership dues to Diana Santi, you are in arrears so please do so to assure continued delivery of your Reedwooder.

Hope to see you at the next meeting, at the August 13 picnic (Sons of Italy), at the Cotati Accordion Festival and at our August 21 general meeting and pasta dinner.

Tony Mustaro
President


 April MEETING

Weylih West

Weylih West

Weylih is only 14 and had only been  playing for about 6 months.
His playlist was “Beans and Macaroni Soup,” “Come to the Sea.” and  “Over the Waves.” Great Job Weylih, come back soon!

Ken Kelzer

Ken Kelzer

Ken plays very thoughtful his pieces. His playlist was “Under the Double Eagle” (marching tune), “My Old Kentucky Home,” and “Spanish Eyes.”
Thank you Ken; it is  always a pleasure.

Frank Divita

Frank Divita

Frank was, as always, in great form! His playlist was “Sentimental Journey Home,” “La Companiola,” “Just Another Polka,” and to finish  off with a “Mazurka.” Always a good night with Frank!

Sheri Mignano

Sheri Mignano

Sheri’s playlist was both beautiful and informative. Her playlist was “Mon Manege a Moi”  (an Edith Piaf song composed by Norbert Glanzberg), “Meglia Stasera “, a samba , “It Better Be Tonight” by Henry Mancini  from the Pink Panther a movie​, and finished off with “ La Rondinella “ (The Swallow) an Italian mazurka. Great job Sheri.

Patty Perez

Patty Perez

Patty is the heart of Showcase and her husband Louie is the soul. They are our new members. Patty played her lively dance tunes and some of us even danced, Her playlist was “Breeze” (a tango), “It Better Be Tonight,” and  “Light & Darkness.” Many others were played, but I was too busy dancing to write them down. Please come back again soon.


April 2017 Jammers and Audience

June July 2017 Entertainment
 


 

ReeDWooder, Vol. 243 February-March, 2017

Presidents Message

Tony Mustaro

Dear Friends,

The food wine and music were great as usual at last month’s annual Spring Fling dinner dance. The attendance was less than we had hoped to have for this event. That notwithstanding, everyone who attended had an enjoyable evening of dining dancing and visiting with friends.

I want to thank all of our members who worked to make this event happen. To Diana for all the hours of work involved in planning and creating such an event; to Jane, Frank, Kris, Xavier, Ann, Annette, Marilyn, Elmo, Denise, Carola, Art, Olga and members of Hermann Sons Lodge, all of whom pitched in to help make this event successful sincere thanks. I believe that we too seldom offer our thanks to the few who do so much to keep this club afloat.

I was pleased to have Skyler and Accordion Apocalypse friends join us at our last meeting.Hope to see them more often at future meetings.

Our general meeting will take place on Monday the 17th this month, so please do include attendance in your plans for April.

I ran into Marie Meredith yesterday. She has a beautiful new Petosa accordion and there is a good chance that she will be able to attend and play for us this month. For those of you who are new to the club, Marie was a member for years. She is a very talented performer and played as part of a duo with the late Jim Martini and with her own band after that. I’m hoping to see Steve Balich (both of them) there along with Steve Albini if his plane arrives home in time to get to the meeting. Also inviting Frank Divita, Xavier, Elmo, Don Fertig, Jane and some of our other players to play for us, if not this month, then at our next meeting in June. Share your music with others. That’s what it’s for.

I spoke with Joe Domitrowich recently. He has been very busy with his many musical interests but he has consented to play for us at one of our meetings in the not-too-distant future. Check your coming issues of the Reedwooder for more information on when Joe will be entertaining us.

Hope to see a good turnout at the April meeting

Tony Mustaro
President


 FEBRUARY MEETING

 

Joey Manfredi

Joey Manfredi

Joey played “Estoniantina Waltz” by E Waldteufel, “O Sole Mio” by Edward Capua and for a finale, “The Carnival of Venice” by Ole Staff. Come back soon Joey.

Susannah Leon

Susannah Leon

Susannah is always a delight. She played a French Musset, “Bonjour Paris” and the “Theme form the Godfather.” She is always a delight. Hurry back Susannah.

Frank Divita

Frank Divita

Frank’s playlist is always a delight. He played a combination of many tunes followed by “Give My Hat Back,” and “Lupali Lupala.”

Skyler Fell and Kalei Yamanaha

Skyler Fell and Kalei Yamanaha

Wow, what can I say. They all were original tunes. Skyler played “Mon Amant du St. Jean,”  “Pony” by Kasey Chanbers and “Buba Mora” and “Karapet” an Eastern European medley. Kalei played “Templetons Trip,” “Rag Kite” and “Vestige Hem.” My spelling is atrocious. I am coping the notes that Skyler gave me and it is very small.  You just needed to be there; what a night!

Ken Kelzer

Ken Kelzer

Ken was in fine form as usual. His playlist was “Ay, Jalisco No Te Rajes,” “Muss I Denn,” and “Begin the Beguine.”

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Steve Balich Jr

It just keeps getting better. Steve’s playlist was “A Time for Love,” “Schneider Polka,” “My Father’s Waltz,” “Angel Face,” and the finale with “My Happy Wife Polka.”

Steve, Kris and Tony

Steve, Kris and Tony

It was hard to keep up with these guys. Tony and Steve teamed up to play “Las Piniole” and “Aye Jalisco No Te Rajes.” Then Kris, Tony and Steve teamed up with Kris singing “Your Cheating Heart,” “Jambalaya,” and “Busqanan.” You missed a great night if you did not show up.


 

SPRING FLING 2017

Spring Fling 2017

The attendance was small, but the people were anything but small.
The food was supurb
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The music was even better!
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PICTURES ARCHIVE

Guess who the accordionist is. His initials are ?

Guess who the accordionist is. His initials are ?

ReeDWooder, Vol. 242 February, 2017

Presidents Message

Tony Mustaro

Dear Friends,

We are beginning a new year at ACR and I hope that all are happy and well. Enjoy the photos of our 2016 Holiday dinner dance which was a big success.

There are a few items that I need to inform you of in this message: Remember that yearly dues remittance is coming up in April along with election of club leaders, and secondly, our annual Spring Fling dinner dance will be held on March 25, 2017. Lombardi Catering will be cooking a great meal for us again. Please make your reservations early and please give me any feedback you have regarding the dinner menu. I will contact Phil and Cheri Marcucci regarding their terrific wines for our new round tables.
We have a lot of music planned for our February 20 meeting. Marjorie had three of her accordion students playing for us this month.
Art Clark has informed me that Patti Perez of Showcase plans on joining us at this meeting.
Steve Balich Senior and Junior are also planning to attend and we may be able to press one or both of them into service.
I know that Steve Albini has just purchased a brand new all blonde wood Ottavianelli Super Jazz accordion which has just been delivered to him this week and he has been playing it non-stop since Wednesday. Maybe he will come and give us a demo as well.

I would like to welcome our newest member, Felicia McFall, to our club. Felicia, who entertained us last year, is a serious music student whom I met at SRJC. She is concert mistress of the college orchestra being an accomplished violinist as well as accordionist. We are looking forward to seeing her and maybe even one or two of her friends at the meeting.
Despite the many jokes we hear about accordions, there are definitely a lot of people who want one. A recent news article reports that a family run accordion shop in Berkshire, England suffered two burglaries, one last August and one this month, during which a total of about $190,000.00 worth of accordions were stolen and presumably shipped to continental Europe for resale.
Finally we send our condolences to the friends and family of Joe Greco. Please take a moment to remember Joe, a true accordion enthusiast, who passed last year.
I look forward to seeing you at this month’s meeting

Tony Mustaro
President

CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE

Christmas Dinner Dance 2016

ReeDOODER Vol. 238, August, 2016

Presidents Message

Tony Mustaro

Dear Friends,

Our next meeting will be on Monday August 15 at the usual time. Fun band will meet at 6:30 as usual.

I have had various phone calls regarding the change to bi-monthly meeting as opposed to monthly meetings. Of course, that can be discussed and I will open the topic for discussion at the August meeting. The board would welcome your ideas on this topic.

If you would like to express your opinion on this matter or if you know another member who has strong feelings on this matter please attend the meeting and make your ideas known.

The club is selling discounted tickets to the Cotati Accordion Festival again this year. Please see Art Clark regarding tickets. This is a chance to save some money and support your club at the same time.

Diane has done a excellent job on our Facebook page and we have had lots of attention from the accordion world as people ask to join it. Check it out.

The club welcomes Skyler Fell and her Accordion Apocalypse Repair Shop to her new Petaluma location on Bodega Avenue. We are hoping to see Skyler and her friends at our next meeting.

Looking forward to seeing a good turnout this month.

Tony Mustaro
President
Accordion Club of the Redwoods


  JUNE ENTERTAINMENT

 

Felicia McFall

Felicia McFall

Felicia played tunes from old TV shows. Her playlist was “Hooray for Captain Spaulding  – Bert Kalmar/Harry,” “Ruby,” “Anywhere The Heart Goes  – Henry Mancini,” “Love is All Around  – Sonny Curtis,” “Nadia’s Theme – DeVorzon/Botkin,” and finished with “Theme from Room 222 – Jerry Goldsmith.” Some of which I recognized, very good Felicia, come back soon.

Frank Devita

Frank Devita

Frank always tuns a good playlist, starting with “Tutti Mi Ciama,” “Snow Flake Waltz,” “Jenny’s Muzurka,” “All of Me,” “If I Give My Heart to You,” “Sentimental Journey,” “Opali Opala,” “Roll 0ut the Barrel,” “That’s why The Lady is a Tramp,” and finished with “Caracal (Dos Porallas).” Always good to listen to Frank.

 

Steve Balich

Steve Balich

Steve was in great form this night. His playlist was a delight to listen and dance to. He started with “Happy Wife Polka,” “Schneider Polka,” “Magic Is The Moonlight,” “Iupali,” “ La Pastorella,” “The Sweet Nearness of You,” “Cha Cala Boom (I’ll Wait for You),” “Jalisco,” “Sioux City Sue,” “ I Can’t Help It If I’m Still in Love with You,” “ I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?,” and lastly “Arriverdici Roma.” Then Steve Groupies(next page) joined in for a rollicking good time!

 

 

Steve and his groupies

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 Our July Pasta audience

 

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August Cotati Accordion Festival

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The Cotati Accordion Festival is being held on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21.
Steve Balich Jr. plays on Saturday and Sunday, from 1PM to 5PM.
Tickets are now available.
One-Day Tickets are $17 ($19 at the gate)
Two-Day Tickets are $27 ($29 at the gate)
I will have tackets at the next meeting or call me at 707-584-5800. I can mail them or sell them when I see you at the next dances.
Art Clark

ReeDWOODER, Vol. 239, October, 2016

Presidents Message

Tony Mustaro

Dear Friends,

Our next meeting will be on Monday October 17 at the usual time. Fun band will meet at 6:30 as usual.

Unfortunately, I will be on vacation during the week of our next meeting so I will not be able to attend. I say unfortunately because I will miss some great music which we have lined up for that meeting. Steve Albini will be performing – I believe on his Concerto accordion – so you will hear some great acoustic accordion sounds.
I also spoke with George Simko, our long-distance member from Lubbock, Texas and he will be here for the October meeting. George will need the loan of an accordion for that event, so if you can accommodate him in that department please let me know and I will pass along your information to him. (Ooops, George cannot join us. He thought we were talking about September meeting and there was none. So, no George this meeting!)
Don Fertig, our long-time member told me that he will be dusting off the keys of the Hermann Sons piano and playing a few tunes for the meeting as well. I think that I will have to ask Don to give a repeat performance in the near future as I will not be here to listen to him in October.
I’m happy to report that ticket sales for this year’s Cotati Accordion Festival netted the club treasury a total of $117.00. Thanks and kudos to Cathy Patton and Art Clark for volunteering to handle all of the work involved in this activity.
I will remind all of you that we are planning our annual Christmas Dinner Dance this year for the first Saturday in December, so mark that date on your calendar well in advance and try to encourage some friends and family members to attend this year. As always it’s a great deal for a great evening of entertainment. Please remember that we always need volunteers to help with setup, serving, and cleanup for this event. Contact me or any other officer or board member to add your name to the volunteer list this year.
I am happy to relay that we had a very good turnout for our August meeting and I hope that this is the start of an upward trend in attendance. I also welcome your comments on the every other month meeting policy. You can find my email address in this issue of the Reedwooder and if you prefer to use regular mail, my office address is 2323 Fourth St.
Santa Rosa, Ca 95404-3211.
Best wishes go out to member Basil Taylor who has been feeling under the weather, and to sister Good Time Accordion Club member Ed Sciarini who has just undergone bypass surgery. Get well soon.

Tony Mustaro
President
Accordion Club of the Redwoods


  OCTOBER ENTERTAINMENT

 

Xavier de la Prade

Xavier de la Prade

Xavier de la Prade, play list was a rousing sing along with “Red River Valley,” “Home on the Range,” “Chevaliers de la Table Ronde,” and “Aupres de ma Blonde.”

 

Sheri Mignano

Sheri Mignano

Sheri Mignano, playlist was most entertaining. She started with a “Flamingo (a rumba),” “Lady of Spain” (a paso doble), “Sway” (a cha cha),”and finished with “Hernando’s Hideaway” (from Pajama Game Musical – habanera tango).

Ken Kelzer

Ken Kelzer

Ken Kelzer, playlist consisted of ‘Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy,” “Oh Danny Boy,” and an old favorite of Ken’s “Ripple.”

Elmo Fama

Elmo Fama

Elmo Fama, our 92 year old youngster, entertained us with “Shanty Town,” and from Dean Martin “Non De Monte Car,” and finishing with “When Your Smiling.” Lately I cannot get that tune out of my head. I wake up with it and walk around with it. Thank you Elmo!

 

Frank Divita

Frank Divita

Frank Divita, playlist was as always great, starting with “Pennies From Heaven,” then a medley from Frankie Yankovic, “The Canary Song,” and finishing up with “Upali Upala” (never sure how to spell it or which comes first. But, I did not have to ask him what the tune was!.)
Stanko Pecavar
Stanko Pecavar, WOW, the good lord only knows what he is playing. It was waltzes and polkas. He told me it was a famous Slovenia composer, Slanko Ansenik (sp? Again, could not read his writing. But not important, his music is the greatest and not sheet music! He does not read it anyway. What a Night!

 

THE JAMMERS

Elmo Fama

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Xavier de la Prade

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Sheri Mignano

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ReeWOODER, Vol 237, June, 2016

Presidents Message

Tony Mustaro

Dear Friends,

Please do your best to attend this month’s regular meeting.

We have a special guest artist, Felicia McFall, who is a music student at Santa Rosa Junior College. Felicia will be performing musical selections from well known television shows of several years ago.

We also will be having a pasta feed this month. Dinner will be serviced starting around 6:30 PM so invite some friends to join you.

We have not had any volunteers to run for office again this year so we need to vote on re-electing the current crop for another year.

There will be discussion regarding changes to the club meeting schedule which the board has tentatively adopted in order to keep the club solvent without raising costs to the membership.

Please remember that annual dues are long past due if you have not yet submitted your payment.

The club will also be selling discounted tickets to the Cotati Accordion Festival again this year.

I hope to see many of you at the meeting this month.

Tony Mustaro
President
Accordion Club of the Redwoods


  JUNE ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

Frank Devito

Frank Devito

Frank played a lively set. For the first time, I knew the first song, “Upalai Upala,” (usually have to ask for it), “Reginella Campagnola (the Wood Pecker Song),” “The Lady is a Tramp,” and “Aristide.” Great fun and really appreciated!

 

Ken Kelzer

Ken Kelzer

Ken’s play list was reminiscent of times gone by, “This Old House,” “Rose of Tralee,” and “Va Pensiero” from Nabucco by Verdi.

 

Elmo Fama

Elmo Fama

You can always depend on Elmo for a fun and lively playlist, “Sleepy Time Gal,” “Love Me With All Your Heart,” “Mariana,” and “Armore Scusame.”

Sheri Mignano

Sheri Mignano

Sheri’s playlist was lively and in the French venue. She started with “La Goualante de Pauvre Jean” (most Americans know this one as the Poor People of Paris.  It’s an old French tune from Piaf repertoire), and “Sharpshooters March” by Pietro Deiro, “Mon Amant de Saint-Jean,” “Czardas” a gypsy piece by Vittorio Monti  (from early Disney cartoon days), and finished with “Romagna Mia.”

 Our June Jammers

 

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 Our June Audience

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August Cotati Accordion Festival

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The Cotati Accordion Festival is being held on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21.
Steve Balich Jr. plays on Saturday and Sunday, from 1PM to 5PM.
Tickets are now available.
One-Day Tickets are $17 ($19 at the gate)
Two-Day Tickets are $27 ($29 at the gate)
I will have tackets at the next meeting or call me at 707-584-5800. I can mail them or sell them when I see you at the next dances.
Art Clark

ReeDWOODER, Vol 236, April May, 2016

Presidents Message

Tony Mustaro

Dear Friends,

Judging from what I saw at the Spring Fling last month, everyone who attended enjoyed the dinner and had a great time dancing. There was lots of good food and drink and lots of good music. Lombardi Catering prepared a great meal for us and the Marcucci Farms wine selection was great as always. Thank you to all of our faithful and reliable volunteers.

That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that we didn’t make any money from this fund raiser, but, the not-so-bad news is that we didn’t lose any money either; so we held our own this time. Our next dinner dance at Christmas time will hopefully do better in the fund raising department.

As I mentioned in my last message, annual dues were due in April so if you haven’t paid your dues yet they are now officially overdue. Please send your renewal check to Diana at her home address which appears elsewhere in this issue.
We are planning another pasta dinner just before our monthly meeting in June, so please mark your calender to attend. There will be good food and good music and another bargain night out.

We have decided to cancel the July Saturday indoor picnic this year due to lack of attendance at last years event. If anyone has some ideas about events that they would like the club to hold please talk to one of the officers or board members about it. Remember being active is a large part of being healthy both mentally and physically, so try to come up with some club activities in which you would like to participate.

Our editor, Art Clark, had a bit of a health scare this past month but happily he is doing well and getting back to his old self again. Art does a great deal of work to get this newsletter to you so give him a smile and a thanks the next time you see him.

Please get your dues to Diana and do your best to make it to the meetings.

Tony Mustaro
President
Accordion Club of the Redwoods


  APRIL ENTERTAINMENT

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Xavier de la Prade

Xavier’s playlist was simple and fun. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s day he handed out sing-along sheets in green that included “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” “My Wild Irish Rose,” “The Rose of Tralee,” “Danny Boy,” and finishing up with “Galway Bay.” It was a great way to start the evening! Thank you Xavier!

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Ken Kelzer

Ken’s playlist was very good. If you remember last time he played for us, it was his first time, and he was a new member. Well he was a bit shy and his voice was a bit low. I commented about that and he practiced on raising his voice and lowering the music a bit. Ken, it worked great. Ken’s playlist was “Skaters Waltz,” “Ripple.” He played this last time and his voice was so low that I had a hard time understanding what it was about. Well this time I heard it quite well and felt the sorrow behind it. He then finished with a kind of sing-along of “When the Saints go Marching In.”
Great job Ken.

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Steve Balich Jr and Sr and Art Wood

What a treat! All three back together again, wow. Their playlist was wonderful, “Basigliera.” “Medley of La Bionda and Il Siro,” “Tic Toc Polka,” “Ho Detto al Sole and Occhi Neri,” “ and “Jenny’s Muzerka.”

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Steve Balich Jr Steve Albini and Jim Lehmann
This was a quickie of “Mari.”

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Steve Albini Group Steve Albini vocals, Art Wood on horns and Jim Lehmann on drums

Steve Albini Group Steve Albini vocals, Art Wood on horns and Jim Lehmann on drums
Their playlist was outstanding, “Blue Skies,” “Besame Mucho,” “All of Me,” “Girl from Ipanema,” “All or Nothing at All,” and finished up with “That’s All.” Steve and Jim were great as usual. I was truly impressed with Art Wood. I have heard him many times, and he was always good. This time he was featured and man, can he play the horns!

 

 Our April Jammers

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 Our April Audience

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April Spring Fling

May 2016 Gallery

 

ReeDWOODER, Vol. 235, March, 2016

Presidents Message

Tony Mustaro

Dear Friends,
Just a quick reminder that our annual Spring Fling Dinner Dance is coming up next month. We ask that you get your reservation is as soon as possible so that we can have the information to the caterer in a timely fashion.
So far we have not had a great response to the call for reservations. Please remember that ours is a social club and we need to have participation from the membership in order to continue to hold these dinner dances. As you know a venue for dancing to live music is getting harder and harder to find. Many of the dance venues that I have attended in the past have stopped functioning due to the high cost of sponsoring such an event. Please help us keep this club tradition alive by supporting this and similar events. Invite friends and acquaintances to attend as well.
The fixed costs for this event are quite high and you can help make them more affordable by supporting a larger turnout. As I have mentioned before, these events are fund raisers to keep the club alive. Dues alone do not cover the clubs operating costs, just as the small donation given at each meeting does not cover the club expenses for the cost of the meeting. Larger attendance at the social events and monthly meetings would correct these problems.

We had a good turnout from the general public for our concert with Tatiana and Steve last month. We hope to sponsor more of these events and, of course, I would like to see a better turnout from our membership.
Annual dues are coming up next month as well as annual elections. I encourage members to consider running for elected office and to present ideas which you think would improve the club at our general meetings or privately to your officers or board members.
We now have a Facebook page as well as a website. I encourage you to visit both of these if you have internet access. We are getting postings from many corners of the accordion world so you’re sure to find something of interest.
This month our meeting will be on March 21. We hope to have a good turnout for the meeting. Steve Albini, Steve Balich, and some others will be playing for us this month. I also heard Steve Balich Sr. playing again at an event I attended about a week ago so maybe we can get him to play a few tunes for us. It should be a good meeting. Try to be there.

Tony Mustaro
President
Accordion Club of the Redwoods


 Al Gardi Obituary

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Dr. Albert Joseph Gardi, DDS
1917 – 2016
Born – Alberta Canada, April 15th 1917 (98)
Al, known far and wide as the “dancing dentist” of Redwood City, died Thursday, February 18th, 2016 of multiple organ failure subsequent to a joint infection in his shoulder. Al is survived by his son, Dr. John Gardi and his wife, Dena Gardi; his daughter, Carolyn Whitmore and her husband, Harold Whitmore. In addition, he is survived by his five grandchildren, James Whitmore (Lisa), Cara Whitmore-Wolf, Daniel, Adam and Rebecca Gardi and two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Drake Wolf. Al was pre-deceased by his wife, Jean Victoria Gardi (Schneuer-English) and by the mother of his children, Elizabeth Geraldine Gardi (Boothby-Agee).
Al graduated from UCSF School of Dentistry in 1942 and was a life-time member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the San Mateo County Dental Society. He also served as a dental examiner for the California State Board of Dental Examiners and as a forensic dentist and a deputy coroner for the San Mateo Coroner’s Office. He practiced dentistry for over forty years in Redwood City. Al enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and proudly served for three years in Farragut, ID and in the South Pacific (Guam) in the U.S. Dental Corps.
Al was an avid traveler, professionally and recreationally, often combining both interests in a single trip to destinations around the world. He was a long time member of Redwood City Dosey-Doe Club and the Millie von Konsky Bavarian Dancers. His gregarious and exuberant nature, coupled with his love of folk dance, was legendary and spanned more than 60 years. His personalized license plates (vanity plates) were “Polka” and “I Waltz.”
He was always a conscientious and hard working person all his life, never having enough time to do everything he wanted to do.

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 MARCH ENTERTAINMENT

Tatiana Semichastnaya & Steve Albini

Our special Friday, February 12, concert featured Neapolitan and other Italian favorites along with tangos,  Latin American songs, and American standards. There was also a French tune and a Russian medley. Some of the pieces performed at Friday night concert included: “Gauglione,” “Besame Mucho,” “Guarda Che Luna,” “a Russian medley,” “Mala Femmina,” “Por Una Cabesa,” “Libertango.” “Maruzzella,” “Brazil,” “Parlami D’Amore Mariu,” “Passione,” “Fly Me to The Moon,” “A French musette,” “Parla Piu Piano,”“Sway,” and “Al Di La.”
What a Night! Steve, you can bring Tatiana back any time!

Jammers Carlo and Tony

Jammers Carlo and Tony

For those who did not arrive at the 6:30 jam session, you missed a great show. Carlo was great as always, and Tony was also great! It seems as though when they team up they are better than the parts.
Their playlist was “Tutti Mi Chiamano Bionda,” “Piemonttesina,” “Mart Marie,” and finishing up with “Dicitencello Vuje.” Unfortunately Carlo had to rush of to another gig in the city. He promised to return soon.

Ken Kelzer

Ken is our new member and stepping up to the plate. His play list was “Hoop Dee Doo Polka” (a Frankie Yankovic number),” Im Fruhtau (an early morning walk in the dew).” “Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette, only his rendition was Don’t Smoke that Cigarette,” “Ripples” by Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead.

Steve Balich and Jane Tripi

Steve Balich and Jane Tripi

What a great match up. Their playlist, thanks to Cathy Patton, was “Blue Eyes Crying in The Rain,” “Return to Me,” “Spanish Eyes,” “Baby Doll,” and “She Lied.” A very good match up, and we look forward to this again soon.

Steve Balich Jr.

It is always good to have Steve play for us. I understand that he is semi-retired, so maybe he can squeeze us into his schedule more often? His play list was “Hermoso Carino,” “O al Detto,” “Occhi Neri,” “Lupali Lupala,” “Love.” “I Don’t See Me In Your Eyes Anymore,” and “My Wife is Happy Polka.” Thank you Steve for the music, and thank you Cathy for the playlists!

Prudence Kerr

Prudence Kerr

Prudence came out of “No Where”. She played a great piano. We hope to have her back again, she also plays the accordion! Her playlist was “Five Foot Two,” “ Carolina in The Morning,” “Edelweiss,” “That’s Amore,” “Santa Lucia,” “Zorba the Greek,” “Hava Nagila,” “Music of the Night,” “Under the Bridges of Paris,” “The Entertainers,” and finishing up with “Amazing Grace.”
And all this with no sheet music, wow! I thank Tony for keeping track of the playlist titles!


 Our March Jammers

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 Our February 12 Audience

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 Our February 15 Audience

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ReeDWooder, Vol. 234, February, 2016

Presidents Message

Tony Mustaro

Dear Friends,
There are lots of activities coming up in the next few months. First, let me remind you that on Friday February 12 we are sponsoring and intimate concert featuring Tatiana Semichastnaya, a world class musician who studied in Russia and who is currently working in Las Vegas, along with Steve Albini an international musician and singer. This event will be open to the public and there is a cover charge of $10 per person. Finger food will be served as well. Please note that there are no free passes for this event.

Following close on the heels of the February 12 concert we will have our next regular meeting on Monday February 15. I have spoken with my friend Carlo Solivan and he plans on singing for the club at our monthly meeting this month. If you’ve heard Carlo perform you’ll want to be there. Bring a friend.

I am hoping that Ron Borelli will be able to perform for us at our March meeting It’s always a treat to have a performer of Ron’s caliber play for us. I will let you know in the next newsletter if he is able to make it. I am making this announcement in advance so that you may invite friends and family to come hear this talented musician. More information is to follow.

As I mentioned in my last message, our annual Spring Fling Dinner Dance will be on Saturday April 16 this year rather than in March. This will place the event after the end of the Lenten Season in accord with several member requests. I would also like to invite our friends from the Petaluma Hermann Sons Lodge to attend this event as well. Remember that the Spring Fling will replace our usual monthly meeting for the month of April.

Another reminder that our yearly membership renewal season will be here shortly. Please get your renewals and membership dues to Diana on time. This will lighten her work load a little and eliminate the need for follow-up notices. While you’re tending to your own renewal think about gifting a membership to a friend or relative who might like to join our club.

Once again I will remind you that elections for the coming year are coming up soon. There is a vacancy on the board which needs to be filled and all of the offices and board positions are open to election as well. If you would like to join us or replace one of us put your name forward.

On a very sad note I offer my condolences to my friend and fellow ACR board member Steve Albini and his family on the death of his father Tony Albini. Tony was a good friend to all who knew him and could often be seen lending his considerable expertise when there were meals to be prepared. He always had a good word for everyone. He will be greatly missed.

Tony Mustaro
President
Accordion Club of the Redwoods


 JANUARY ENTERTAINMENT

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Frank Divita

Frank was first up with a great playlist as always and played with heart. His first piece was “Canary Song,” Opali Opala,” “Campanela,” and ending with “Amori Scusi Me.” Great as always; thank you Frank.

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Susanne Leon

Susanne is a past accordion scholarship student of Marge Konrad. Susanne never disappoints.
Her playlist was “Sparkly,” “French Musette,” and finished with “Over the Wave.”
Susanne had to leave early as this was a school night and she had homework. Oh, and she is in the 7th grade. Thank you Susanne.

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Ken Kelzer

Ken is our newest member and a first time attendee and player at ACR. His playlist was “Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy,” “Jambalaya,” “Cio Lito Lingo,” and ending with “The Happy Wander” in both German and English. Boy, we hit the jackpot with him!

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Xavier de la Prade

You may have noticed that Xavier’s playlist is described in the first person, him. He has such great stories behind each piece, I asked him to give me both the playlist and story behind them.
“Because of the shortage of accordionists these days I have learned to come to our meetings prepared. I brought songs I had been working on and I was called to play them. The first was “Me and Bobby McGee” written by Kris Kristofferson and made famous by Janis Joplin. My second song was “Seven Spanish Angels” written by Setzer and Seals and made famous by Willie Nelson and Ray Charles. I also brought lyrics for two songs my Dad liked to sing, “Lilli Marleen” and the “Prisoner’s Song.” I appreciated everyone enthusiastically singing along. That would have been it but fortunately Sheri Mignano was at the meeting. Therefore, we played two songs that she has been helping me with, “Indifference” by Murena & Colombo.
I’m thankful to Sheri for helping me with these songs and making me look good.

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Sheri Magnano

Here I also asked Sheri to tell us about her playlist and the stories behind them.
1. Theme from the film Mondo Cane “More.”.A great rumba and made a big hit by Andy Williams.
2. “Isle of Capri” made famous by Frank Sinatra.
3. Composed by Gorni Kramer in 1937 “Un Giorno Ti Diro.” Someday I will tell you that I love you but for now, I’ll sing this song.  Another fabulous Italian song we will feature in the Valentine’s show at Cinnabar.
4. Edith Piaf’s French classic “La Vie en Rose.”  I see the world through rose-tinted glasses and I express love using a romantic lens.
5. “Un Gamin de Paris” a story about a street urchin in Paris who thinks he›s a toughie but it turns out he is just a kid in search of being loved.
Sheri and Xavier’s duet was “L’indifference” a classic French musette waltz. composed by Joseph Colombo and “La Reine de Musette” by Peytronnin, two beautiful French musette pieces. Virtually all French musette music were written by immigrant Italians in Paris.

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Xavier & Sheri

 


 Our January Jammers

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ReeDOODER, Vol. 233, December 2015 – January 2016

Presidents Message

Tony Mustaro

Dear Friends,
I hope that everyone had a great holiday season and that you are all ready to start another year which will go by all too fast. As those of you who attended know, our Christmas Dinner Dance was a great success with good food, good wine, and good music. Thanks to all who contributed to its success, and special thanks to Steve Balich Jr. and Cheri and Phil Marcucci.

We have some exciting events coming up during the winter season this year. On Friday February 12 we are sponsoring and intimate concert featuring Tatiana Semichastnaya, a world class musician who studied in Russia and who is currently working in Las Vegas, along with Steve Albini an international musician and singer. This event will be open to the public and there is a cover charge of $10 per person. This will be an exciting evening for all who attend and seating and ticket sales will be limited so members may purchase advance tickets at our January meeting. See any one of your officers to do this. Please see the announcement for this event elsewhere in this issue. Also be aware that this event will NOT replace our monthly meeting which will take place on Monday February 15.

Our annual Spring Fling Dinner Dance which usually takes place in March will occur on Saturday April 16 this year. This will accommodate those of you who wanted this social event to take place after the Lenten Season. Please get you reservations in early this year to avoid a price increase which will go into effect after the cutoff date listed in the reservation form seen in this issue. We are hoping for a very good turnout this year as the fixed expenses attached to sponsoring this event are considerable and we are doing our best to hold the line on the cost of tickets. Remember that the more attendees we have at these events the more we are able to offset these fixed costs. Encourage your friends and families to attend. It’s always a great bargain.

Yearly dues are coming around again and I want to encourage you to get your renewals in early or at least on time. This saves the club money by not making it necessary to mail out reminders and it saves a lot of time and work for our treasurer, Diana Santi, who like all of your board members and officers and other volunteers, donates a great deal of her time to the club. Please be considerate of those whose efforts keep the club going.

Remember that elections are coming up in April, so if you are interested in standing for election contact me or any other board member.

That’s all for now. Hope to see many of you at the February 12 concert, and at the January 18th monthly meeting.

Tony Mustaro

President
Accordion Club of the Redwoods


 DECEMBER ENTERTAINMENT

Steve Albini and Steve Balich Jr

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Steve started his playlist with “Magic is the Moonlight,” “Upali Upala,” “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You.” “Tutti mi chiamano bionda,” Quel mazzolin di fiore.” He was then joined in a jam by Steve Albini to play “Tuti mi chiamano bionda,” “Tic Toc Polka,” then somewhere along the line Tony and Carlo brought their voices into the mix with “Mandolin di Fiore,” “Oh Marie,” “La Paloma,” then wraped it up with “O’detto Al Sole,”and “Gli occhi neri.”

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Steve Albini
Steve began with Irvin Berlin renditions of “Blue Skies,” “The Way You Look Tonight.” Steve and Carlo then did a duet of “Autumn Leaves.” Then Tony and Carlo joined in for the “Theme from the God Father,” and ‘Fly Me to The Moon.”

Carlo Solivan and Tony Mustraro

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Carlo and Tony wrapped up the night with “Cantate Con Me,” “Dicitencello Vuje,” “Evviva la torre di Pisa,” “La Piccinina,” “Luna rossa” and “Mattinata Fiorentina.” . For those of you that could not make it, you missed a magical night.

 


 Christmas Dinner Dance

January 2016 Dinner Dance