Profile: Grand Avenue’s stalwart crooning pianist
on October 3, 2009
Rod Dibble, 77, got his start playing music in 1937, when his grandmother bought a piano for the family’s childhood home in Berkeley. Dibble has been playing standards from the Great American Songbook at the Alley, a former speakeasy on Grand Avenue, for fifty years now.
Maybe you have seen Dibble around town on one of his lengthy daily walks—his strolls take him from his Berkeley home to downtown Oakland, around Lake Merritt, and many points between. You can always catch a glimpse, every Tuesday-Saturday night, starting at 9 p.m., at the Alley, located at 3325 Grand Ave., near the lake.
Watch the following audio slideshow to hear his story.
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