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Meet Your Morning Piano Player

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Friday, September 25, 2009, at 08:58AM
george Ed Fuentes

Music at the Corner Kafe, located near Skid Row.

Skid row residents, garment workers and flower vendors who grab bacon and eggs or pancakes at the Corner Kafe tend to make the order "for here." They want to listen to George, the morning piano player with a full repertoire.

"Hey, can you play 'We Are the World'," asked a man with a neck full of tattoos and a plate full of biscuits and gravy. George nods and jumps into it. "I usually play Gospel Jazz," he says during the last bars.

Corner Kafe owner Gevork Armen invites the musicians to play, and has a list of regulars who man the keyboards. "Some play all day," he says. "But they have to be good. They must sound professional."

George, who has been playing since the age of 3, fit that bill during a 9am morning gig this week.

Corner Kafe / 301 E 7th St / (213) 622-5202

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