For all you piano tuners out there. This one's for you!

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Between each act at the Newport Jazz Festival, as the audience cheers and crews clear the equipment, Bill Calhoun darts onstage with a fistful of tools and parks at the piano.

He cocks his head, lowers his ear to the piano, taps ding-ding-ding on the keys, tinkers with a tuning pin here and there. When he's done, he scurries off stage.

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It's a routine Calhoun has perfected. He marks his 25th anniversary this weekend as piano tuner for the celebrated jazz festival, which since 1954 has hosted such luminaries as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Ray Charles.

Calhoun generally has minimal interactions with the musicians, but his behind-the-scenes role is crucial to the festival's success. When Dave Brubeck hits a note that rings just so, it's of course a credit to his talent but also a testament to Calhoun's craftsmanship.

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