The non-profit Jazz on the Ballroom is internet hosting a “Holiday In” digital profit present Friday, Dec. 4, to help their group and the Actors Fund, hosted by Emmy-winning NY1 reporter Frank DiLella and Kathryn Crosby, the 87-year-old widow of Bing Crosby.
One of the performances was filmed with American icon Cole Porter’s Steinway & Sons 1907 grand piano, gifted to him by the lodge — on which the legendary composer/songwriter created a few of his most well-known songs — like “Night and Day,” “You’re the Top,” and “Anything Goes” when he was a longtime resident of the Waldorf Astoria, residing in a palatial suite on the thirty third flooring for practically 30 years.
The piano is presently housed within the residential gross sales gallery for The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria till the lodge re-opens.
In the Seventies, Frank Sinatra lived in Porter’s suite, and was rumored to pay $1 million a yr for the privilege.
Cole Porter’s piano lately underwent a important restoration by Steinway & Sons at their manufacturing unit in Astoria.
The grasp technicians changed the soundboard of the piano, which had been a mainstay within the lodge’s foyer for many years, and targeted on the smallest particulars, together with reattaching the plaque on the piano that reads “Some of the loveliest songs in America’s musical history were composed on this Steinway.”