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Les McCann: Never Say No Again

Read "Les McCann: Never Say No Again" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

"Be who you are and not who you ain't. Because when you are who you ain't, you're not who you are." Keyboardist, vocalist, bandleader, songwriter and photographer Les McCann really talks like this. About his music, about musicians, about his career--about everything. I learned this during the following interview, scheduled to discuss Omnivore Records' ...


Corky Hale at Vitello's

Corky Hale at Vitello's

In the '50s and '60s, Corky Hale recorded with Clark Terry, Kitty White and Herbie Harper. She's on Chet Baker Sings and Plays with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman and Strings, most of the Ella Fitzgerald songbook albums, and she accompanied Anita O'Day and June Christy on albums as well as Billie Holiday in Las Vegas and ...


Corky Hale in Hollywood

Corky Hale in Hollywood

If you're in Los Angeles tomorrow evening (Wednesday), you're in luck. Corky Hale will be playing piano at the Catalina Jazz Club at 6725 Sunset Blvd. She'll be accompanying singer Eloise Laws, sister of flutist Hubert Laws. Corky is best known as one of the most recorded jazz and pop harpists in Hollywood, starting in the 1950s. ...


Corky Hale + Marian McPartland

Corky Hale + Marian McPartland

Corky Hale called yesterday to chat. Most jazz fans know Corky as Los Angeles' first-call harpest in the '50s and '60s. If a harp was needed on pop and jazz recordings, Corky was likely on the session. Her harp appears on many of Ella Fitzgerald's songbook albums as well as recordings by Anita O'Day, Frank Sinatra, ...


Corky Hale: The Swinging Harp

Corky Hale: The Swinging Harp

Around the time that Corky Hale became a first-call studio harpist in Holloywood in the mid-1950s, she recorded two superb small-group jazz albums: Herbie Harper and Corky Hale Plays George Gershwin and Vernon Duke. On both 1955 albums, Corky was featured playing the harp almost like a guitar—displaying a swinging technique, gorgeous chord phrasing and smart ...


Jazz Great Barbara Morrison To Be Honored in "A Benefit Evening of Jazz Legends For Barbara Morrison" at Local 47 Musicians Union in Hollywood, CA on September 11th

Music producers Stuart Elster and Richard Simon will present A Benefit Evening of Jazz Legends for Barbara Morrison, co-hosted by Helen Borgers, on-air talent for KJAZZ 88.1 FM and James Janisse, on-air talent for KCRW 89.9 FM for One Night Only on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at Local 47 Musicians Union; 817 Vine Street; Hollywood, CA ...

Corky Hale to Make Kennedy Center Debut in 16th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 16th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival will present “Corky Hale And Friends," featuring Corky Hale, the critically acclaimed and renowned jazz harpist, pianist and vocalist on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Terrace Theater of The John F. Kennedy Center for ...


Corky Hale and Friends (Featuring Sally Kellerman, Freda Payne and Others)

Corky Hale, The World Renowned and Critically Acclaimed Jazz Pianist, Harpist and Singer Releases New CD of Timeless Romantic Ballads Featuring Singers Corky Hale, Sally Kellerman, Freda Payne, Ariana Savalas, Tricia Tahara and Brenna Whitaker Los Angeles, CA - Corky Hale, the world renowned and critically acclaimed Jazz pianist, harpist and singer, and producer of Corky ...


Vibrato Grill Jazz...Etc. Present Corky Hale and Her Jazz Trio

Vibrato Grill Jazz...Etc. Present Corky Hale and Her Jazz Trio

Vibrato Grill JazzEtc. Presents CORKY HALE, Jazz Pianist, Harpist and Vocalist and Her Jazz Trio Featuring Jazz Guitarist, JOHN CHIODINI Vibrato Grill JazzEtc. 2930 N. Beverly Glen Circle; Bel Air, CA 90077-1724 Sunday, March 1, 2009 from 6:30 9:30 p.m. “More than a triple threat!" --The Los Angeles Times “A musical tornado. ...


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