Sadly, Don Cunningham is no longer with us. I met him playing at the Montgomery BART station on my way to work back in the early 2000s. He always dressed so nicely and played soft mellow jazz to passers by. I even hired Don to play at a surprise birthday party for my partner one year, which was great. He was such a sweet guy.
There are a a lot of street musicians here in the city, but most aren’t that good. That said, you have to give them credit for doing something to cheer up people as they pass. I always give money to street musicians. At least they’re doing something, other than asking for a hand out.