From Harlem to Gaithersburg, piano entertains through the decades

A piano whose melodies are said to have accompanied famous musicians in New York’s acclaimed Cotton Club in the 1930s will again be making a statement — this time, in a Montgomery Village home.

James Hunt said the piano, which he picked up Jan. 7 from Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Gaithersburg, will be his inspiration as he remodels his basement in 1930s and 1940s decor. He paid $100 for the piece.

Sherman Harris of Potomac, the piano’s previous owner, donated the piece to Habitat, although he was sad to see it go, Harris said. Habitat picked the piano up Dec. 12.

“I made them promise that they would find someone who really was interested in the piano,” he said. “I didn’t want it to go someplace that it becomes just a piece of furniture.”

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