Piano on Broadway soon to be Removed

Oct 28, 2015
10th and Elm in downtown Columbia
KBIA File Photo / KBIA

The piano located on the corner of Ninth Street and Broadway has played its final tune. Keys from the piano were removed on Saturday in response to noise complaints from businesses above Tellers Gallery and Bar where the piano is located.

Courtesy: www.EldarMusic.com

From experience I can confirm that it’s hard work to become decent on a musical instrument. No matter the musical genre or instrument, it takes consistent practice to become listenable. I’m not saying I’ve gotten listenable yet with my bass and guitar playing.

Cadence Records

When the jazz pianist Don Shirley died on April 6, his passing was not widely reported.

A New York Times obituary noted that the Jamaican born virtuoso pianist was trained in the classical repertoire. Later, the impresario Sol Hurok advised Shirley “to pursue a career in popular music and jazz.” Hurok warned Shirley that “American audiences were not willing to accept a ‘colored’ pianist on the concert stage.”