joe cerrito


joe cerritoJoe Cerrito began studying accordion at age 12 with Joseph Petteruti and then with Joseph Biviano and also Bob Wilbur. He began playing small jobs at age 14 and has played professionally ever since. Joe was a member of the 1st Army Jazz Band directed by Claude Thornhill and also played in the 56th Army Band while in Korea. Throughout his career, he backed up greats such as Sarah Vaughn, Steve Allen, Harry Belafonte, Bob Wilbur and most recently Dick Hyman.
Joe owned his own music studio "Cerrito School of Music" from 1960 until 1997. The studio was very active in both the AAA and ATAM competitions, and Joe still teaches a few students in his home. He appeared in the movie "True Lies" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger both as a member of the 17 piece orchestra and as an accordion soloist. He has also performed on numerous television programs and radio performances over the years. Joe has appeared in many many jazz concerts with the renowned Tony Dannon. Joe released a recording titled 'Dedication' in the early 1990's with his trio and quartet. Tony Dannon and Joe also recorded a Jazz CD entitled "Jam Session" in the 1990's.
Spending the winter months in Sarasota, Florida, Joe performs weekly at various restaurants in the Sarasota, Venice area as well as the Theatre in the Sarasota Opera House and the Asolo Rep. Theatre. He has performed at the Ringling Museum and at various other restaurants and house parties while in Florida. He is still very active performing in clubs, restaurants, house parties, and doing seminars and concerts for accordion clubs in the New England and Florida area.
His most recent recording is "Ave Maria and Popular Accordion Solos" and a book of "Modern Accordion Arrangements with accompanying CD.

Currently, Joe is an active accordionist performing with bands, doing theatre work and also performing as a strolling accordionist where he performs at restaurants and private parties. Although a noted Jazz accordionist, Joe also performs all kinds of other musical genres for a wide variety of events. In addition to his performing, Joe also teaches privately at his home and also through SKYPE as well as doing repair work and MIDI installations.
These CD's are available for purchase. Please see instructions in the contact section of this page below.
Dedication - Joe Cerrito ($15.00 plus shipping)
dedication 01. Sonny Side
02. Bernie's Tune
03. Take the 'A' Train
04. Joey
05. Sweet and Lovely
06. G. Matt
07. Topsy 2
08. Groovin' High
09. 251
10. Scrapple From The Apple
11. Mazurka di Antonio
12. Lazio

Ave Maria, play along 2 CD set with fast/slow tracks ($15.00 plus shipping)
cd ave maria 01. Ave Maria (68)
02 Mafia (110), 03. Mafia (130)
04. Lazio (106), 05. Lazio (132)
06. Bumble Bee (120), 07. Bumble Bee (150)
08. Jolly Caballero (100), 09. Jolly Caballero (120)
11. Lillia (120), 12. Lillia (160)
13. Perpetual (106), 14. Perpetual (126)
15. Dizzy (230), 16. Dizzy (270)

Jam Session with Tony Dannon ($15.00 plus shipping)
cd jam session 01. Sweet Georgia Brown
02. Satin Doll
03. Eager Beaver
04. Undecided
05. The Way You Look Tonight
06. Cherokee
07. Yesterdays
08. All The Things You Are
09. Honey Suckle Rose
10. S'Wonderful
11. Lonesome Road

Modern Accordion Arrangements with CD ($20.00 plus shipping)
cd modern arrangements 01. Nadia's Theme
02. Tangerine
03. Rocky
04. Laughter in the Rain
05. She Believes in Me
06. The Way We Were
07. Feelings
08. I Won't Last A Day Without You
09. Brian's Song
10. Smoke On The Water

Improv Exercises in Scale Form - Book 1  -  $15 plus shipping

Improv Exercises in Scale Form - Book 2  -  $15 plus shipping
Please enjoy these samples from various tracks found on the 'Dedication' CD as well as links to a variety of Youtube videos.
Track and length File Size
01. Sonny Side (58 seconds) 1.32 MB
02. Bernie's Tune (1.04 seconds) 1.47 MB
03. Take the 'A' Train (30 seconds) 712 KB
04. Joey (41 seconds) 983 KB
05. Sweet and Lovely (1.04 seconds) 1.47 MB
06. G. Matt (37 seconds) 872 KB
07. Topsy 2 (1.04 seconds) 1.46 MB
08. Groovin' High (59 seconds) 1.36 MB
10. Scrapple From The Apple (1.14 seconds) 1.69 MB
12. Lazio (36 seconds) 847 KB

Joe Cerrito (accordion) and Alex Dilan (organ) accompany soprano Michelle Giglio in Ave Maria by Giulio Caccini
Joe with piano/violin playing Liebertango by Astor Piazzolla
Joe Cerrito playing Jazz (with Mike Rasimas, drums & Mitch Guido, sax)
Joe with Tony Dannon playing Honey Suckle Rose
Joe Cerrito on accordion, Tommy Rotondo on trumpet and Dennis Pratt on bass
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at Wall St, Burlington, MA (2012)
Joe playing in the movie "True Lies' (1994)
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Joe with Bob Tanous on Cruise Boat (1986)
in outfit for Yentl (2012)
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Two Joes (1987)
Joe playing at Renault Winery (1988)
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with Tony Dannon at the Florida Smash (2002)
Tony Dannon and Joe Cerrito in action!
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joe cerrito
with Myron Floren (1992)
playing at Fed Hill (2002)
To order any of the CD's or Music Book, please contact Joe Cerrito via the e-mail address listed below. Once your order has been received, the final amount, including shipping charges will be confirmed. Then, simply send your check or money order to the following address to complete your order, or you are welcome to pay via Paypal by clicking the following link.

Joe Cerrito
1588 Main St. #33
West Warwick, Rhode Island, 02893

For all other inquires about having live music at your upcoming event, Jazz Master Classes, teaching (inclduding via Skype) or repair work, please contact Joe for further information at:
E-mail: Joe Cerrito: cerritomusic@yahoo.com