Harry Aceto..............

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  ..........On upright and electric bass, banjo, guitar, and mandolin, Harry Aceto is one of the busiest musicians on the scene, constantly in demand for his solid groove, tasty accompaniment, and inventive solos. He has sideman credits on 25 CDs, and averages 160 gigs per year in a wide variety of styles, including folk, country, rock, R&B, Jazz, Latin, Swing, and Ethnic music.
...Since 1997, he has been a member of Jay Ungar & Molly Mason's band Swingology, and on the staff of their music & dance camp at Ashokan, in New York's Catskill Mountain region. In October 2000, they began a series of tours & performances with guitar wizard, David Bromberg. Harry's playing can be heard on Jay & Molly's CD, "Harvest Home", as well as on their latest CD, "Relax Your Mind", on Angel Records (with Bromberg).
...Harry's 40 years of experience have ranged from street-corner busking and playing square dances in a one-room schoolhouse in Paradise, Nova Scotia...to tuxedo-clad big band gigs in NYC's Rainbow Room and Waldorf-Astoria (and everything in between!) Some highlights have been performing with Jay & Molly at Teatro Manzoni in Milan, Italy in 1999, and with Joe Salzano's Blue Devils on the New Year's Millenium lindy hop weekend at the historic Riviera Casino in Ensenada, Mexico.

Some other notable engagements have been:

PBS broadcasts, "Mountain Stage" and "Dancing on the Air"

Grand Old Opry
Sacramento Jubilee ( 3 years), one of the world's largest jazz festivals
National Geographic Society (2 years)
Ottawa Jazz Festival
1000 Islands Jazz Festival (2 years)
NYS Jazz Festival
Lake George Jazz Cruise
Fingerlakes Jazz Festival (6 years)
Queen City Jazz Festival(2 years)
Jersey Jass Society Festival
Pennsylvania Jazz Society Festival
Potomac River Jazz Club
San Francisco Swing Dance Festival (3 years)
Beantown Lindy Hop Camp (7 years)
Swing Out New Hampshire (6 years)
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (5 years)
Philadelphia Folk Festival
Saratoga Dance Flurry (6 years)
Clearwater Hudson River Revival (4 years)
Adirondack Dance Weekend at Silver Bay (5 years)
Historic theaters: Lancaster Opera House, Earlville Opera House, Morgan Opera House, Bardavan Theatre, Keystone Theater, Steele Memorial Library

In addition, Harry has performed and/or recorded with:

Martin Simpson, British guitar virtuoso
Tim O'Brien, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
Hank Roberts, avant garde jazz cellist
Matt Glaser,fiddle maestro and chairman of the Jass Strings Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston
Danny O'Keeke, singer-songwriter
Richie Stearns, Jeff Claus,& Judy Hyman, of the Horseflies,
Mac Benford and Walt Koken, of the Highwoods Stringband
Barry Tashian, Nashville songwriter and leader of The Remains (the opening band on The Beatles last tour)
Chris Brubeck, of the Dave Brubeck Quartet
Dave Davies and The Hotfoot Club
Peter Davis and Lindy Hop Heaven
The Burns Sisters, singer-songwriters
Rising Sign, 9-piece Salsa-Samba-Merengue band
The Lowdown Alligator Jass Band, trad New Orleans-style group
Southern Tears, an award-winning country & western-swing band
Tom Mitchell, of the Blue Rythmn Boys, and Dan Hicks' Acoustic Warriors
Kevin Wimmer and Dirk Powell, of Balfa Toujours

In addition to the Djug Django band, some current favorite projects are:

  • A swing fiddle & guitar trio with younger brother (& world-class luthier), Eric Aceto and bassist Doug Robinson
  • The Aceto Quarteto, a family group playing traditional Italian folk music on guitar, violin, mandolin, & accordian
  • Pioneros Del Ritmo, a Latin-Jazz & Fusion group
  • and last but not least, musical rascals, The Clayfoot Strutters!