Ghetto Grand Piano: SF Weekly Vids

By Joe Eskenazi
Earlier this month we told you about the surprise donation of a $125,000, 123-year-old piano to the Cadillac Hotel, a Tenderloin SRO.

Now, having taken in the first Friday noontime concert at the Cadillac we can field the question, “How does that piano sound?” The answer: Expensive.

Sorry, we couldn’t resist. Actually, it sounds delightful, and you can hear it for yourself on theseYouTube clips.

Paul Hogarth — the Tenderloin Housing Clinic lawyer who organized the concert — and THC intern Liz Perry entertained a crowd of curious young people, Cadillac residents and those drawn within the hotel’s steel door by the music, Pied Piper style. Occasionally a police car or ambulance whistled by or a big rig laid on the air horn. But, for the most part, it was all Bach, Joplin, Gershwin and applause.

That’s Hogarth in the red playing Debussy’s Clair De Lune. In the other clip, local photojournalist and writer Luke Thomas couldn’t help himself and had to put down his camera and give the piano a test run.

Hogarth has performers lined up for the next three Friday noontime concerts at the Cadillac (380 Eddy St):

On Friday, July 27 the featured performer will be professional jazz piano man Andy Ostwald

On Aug. 3 it will be professional pianist and composer Wendy Loomis’ turn at the keys.

And on Aug. 10 Elisa Welch, a “Left Coast neo-Celtic Polit Folk” musician will tickle the ivories.

If you’re a halfway decent pianist Hogarth would like to hear from you, too (send him something here).

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