While many players are happy to take a digital stage piano out on the road with them - or possibly even a laptop running a piano VST plugin - it seems that there are times when Herbie Hancock still likes to gig with a real grand.
What happens, though, when you can’t get the instrument into the venue, and the space you’re playing in is on an upper floor?
Refusing to admit defeat when Hancock’s piano turned out to be just a foot too large to fit into its service lift, Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club in Portsmouth, New Hampshire decided that the solution was to remove a window, bring in a crane and hoist it through. Where are Laurel and Hardy when you need them?
Footage of the delivery has now emerged via WMUR-TV, who says that - unsurprisingly - this is the first time Hancock’s $200,000 piano has made its entrance (and, presumably, exit) this way.