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Piano Man at Nordstrom



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photo: olivier koning

As Nordstrom’s reserve pianist, 83-year-old Richard Lowe fills in when the Ala Moana store’s other two pianists need time off. His repertoire is built on jazz standards, show tunes and musicals, with the occasional Hawaiian oldie. He enjoys interacting with shoppers, who take his picture, make requests or try to recruit him for lessons. Occasionally they even sing along. “Those are among my best moments,” he says. “The other day a Tahitian guy heard me playing ‘Hanalei Moon,’ and he came by and just started singing. He was a little bit shy about intruding in the store, but he sang well, with a resonant voice. Then he had to go, and he got on the escalator and waved goodbye.”

 

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