Pop quiz: What do these famous squeezebox players have in common?
Master of “champagne music” Lawerence Welk:
Five-time Grammy winner and Tex-Mex music legend Flaco Jiménez:
Pioneering Tango composer/performer Astor Piazzolla:
It turns out that three of the biggest names in the accordion world all share a birthday: March 11th.
(Well, Piazzolla plays a bandoneon, which is technically not an accordion. Both instruments are considered “free reed aerophones” though, so close enough to still make it a weird coincidence.)
Oh, and March 11th is my birthday too! Not that I expect to live up to such a daunting legacy, but it certainly gives me a reason to keep practicing…