Nordstrom has been famous for their live piano players which has been a staple in the stores for years. Brooke White a spokesperson for Nordstrom stated that they feel for some of their customers feel the piano playing is a bit outdated, and then some customers are more interested in todays “popular tunes”.
The Bellevue Square Nordstrom introduced a live pianist in the early 1980’s, and hasn’t looked back until now. The decision to do away with live pianists is a local store manager decision, and nothing instilled by the Seattle corporate offices.
It is interesting to note that an interviewed pianist in 2003, which no longer works there was paid $15 an hour and given 401 (k) and health insurance benefits.
Enjoy the music or not, the piano playing at the Bellevue Square Nordstrom will be missed.