Herbie Hancock’s Special Piano Takes a Trip to Portsmouth, NH

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Some musicians have endorsements listing requirements for a gig, such as a certain color M&M. Others require a certain instrument.

Or you are Herbie Hancock, one of the greatest piano players in the world.

Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club in Portsmouth made sure Hancock’s favorite piano, a Fazioli grand, was on stage for their concerts on Tuesday and Wednesday. The club used a crane to lift the 1,200-pound piano through a window on Monday while Congress Street was closed, according to the club’s Facebook page.

The piano measures 9ft 2in from front to back, which the club said required a lot of “ingenuity, brawn and heavy equipment” to bring it inside.

The piano costs $361,500 and needed to be insured, the club wrote on the page.

Hancock, on Fazioli’s website, said “your pianos can, with the sound of a single note, herald the celebration of the freedom and creativity of the human spirit”.

Canadian musician Angela Hewitt is also a fan of the Faziolo Grand Piano but the one she had personally used since 2003 was abandoned by instrument movers in Berlin in 2020 after a recording session.

A trip to “piano paradise”

After being inspected by company representatives, it was deemed unsalvageable.

“The iron frame is broken, as well as many other elements in the structure and mechanics (not to mention the cover and other parts of the case). It makes no sense, financially or artistically, to rebuild this piano from scratch. It’s kaputt,” Hewitt wrote on his Facebook page. “The movers were of course mortified. In 35 years of work, this had never happened before. At least no one was hurt.”

“I hope my piano will be happy in piano heaven,” she wrote.

Contact journalist Dan Alexander at [email protected] or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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