Thursday, September 7, 2017

Accordion World Loses Another Icon

Accordion icon Tony Lovello passed away on Sunday, September 3. A number of us in the CAA had the pleasure of hearing Tony play over the years at various AAA functions, at the Florida Smash and most recently at the New England Accordion Museum, compliments of Paul Ramunni. It was an honor to know and hear Tony. He will be greatly missed....

NICHOLASVILLE -Tony Lovello, 84, died Sept.3, 2017, at St. Joseph Hospital. Born in Buffalo, NY, he moved to Los Angeles, Ca. at the age of 12. There he became a Master of the Accordion and consummate showman. Tony played with "The Three Suns", and such stars as Eddie Cantor, Debbie Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante and many others. He was a Korean War Veteran and spent his time entertaining the troops. In later years, he managed the Campbell House Inn for 31 years. He continued performing and teaching throughout his life. He taught students all over the world via Skype. He is survived by his wife Jo Ellen, daughters: Lee Gehefer, Louise Lovello, Toni (Gary) Comeaux, and Jill Hartfield; 8 grandchildren: Jessica, Olivia, Jolene, Ryan, Natasha, Nicole, Jason and Michael, 5 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother Joe (Dianne) Lovullo, sister-in law, Grace Lovullo and numerous nieces and nephews.

Coupe Mondiale in Italy

The 70th annual Coupe Mondiale is currently in progress in Osimo, Italy. It started on September 5th and runs through September 12th. This is an international accordion competition held each year, and it is run by the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes. Our very own Nathan Chapeton, student of Mary Tokarski is there with Mary representing the United States.

Following are links to the appropriate sites for viewing the competitions and daily reports:

Competition videos: - simply click on the link in the “Category/Concert” column, and the page with the videos will appear

Daily reports: - click on the specific day at the top of the page to see that day’s report

Monday, July 17, 2017

In Memory of our Bob

Bob Vitale
April 8, 1937-July 15, 2017

If love alone could have healed you, you never would have left us...

Deeply missed by the Connecticut Accordion Association and the accordion world.