Black History!

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Warren Shadd, the CEO of Shadd Pianos & Keyboard, USA, is the first African-American piano manufacturer in the world. Now a top player in his field, Shadd’s pianos are in high demand and have been featured everywhere from concerts to top television series.

Shadd, a Washington, D.C. area native and Howard University graduate, was a child prodigy drummer who played his first concert at the age of 4. As word of his talent spread, he was the subject to ugly incidents of racism. One of the most chilling came as an eight-year-old in 1964, when someone made violent threats against his parents ahead of a Jazz In Concert series he was set to play at Washington’s Watergate hotel.

In another story Shadd recalled, he played a concert with his mother standing on stage and carrying a gun in her purse to head off any threats.



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