A Rent Party, to be exact. For those who don’t know, this comes out of a Harlem tradition in the Twenties and onwards: if you needed some financial aid, you hired a friendly piano player (who brought his friends with him) and asked people to contribute what they could to keep Old Man Depression at bay.
Pianist Michael Kanan has moved into a new studio — there was a fire too close to the old one — and it’s a beauty, spacious and with lots of windows. But the Rent . . . is . . . Higher, a fact of urban life. So here’s Michael’s solution: invite his friends to play his beautiful piano and ask a congenial group to support this enterprise.
To celebrate the opening of our new rehearsal studio – “The Drawing Room” – we are presenting a concert by the “Four Pianists”. Larry Ham, Tardo Hammer, Pete Malinverni, and Michael Kanan will alternate at the mint condition Steinway C grand piano. There will be some special guests sitting in as well. As we are trying to defray some of the cost of moving into the new space, we’ll ask for donations at the door. Please contribute whatever you’d like.
Sunday, November 6th
7:00 – until it’s done
At “The Drawing Room”
70 Willoughby Street #2A, between Lawrence St. and Bridge St.
Admission: contribute what you’d like
for info: 917-836-2105
The Drawing Room is a large, comfortable space which can accommodate a large, happy crowd. Bring anyone you’d like, and spread the word! Feel free to BYOB. Our studio is accessible by several subway lines. From Midtown Manhattan you can get there in 30 minutes or less. If you choose to drive, you can probably find street parking on a Sunday evening.
I know that Michael has great plans for the new space, and I hope to be there for some of those happenings: I can’t make this one, because I’ll be at Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party. But having heard these four pianists take turns at a far less congenial venue, I can guarantee that this Rent Party will be worth it.