Corky Hale On Piano Jazz The pioneering pianist, harpist, flutist and cellist has worked with Mel Tormé and Billie Holiday.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Corky Hale On Piano Jazz

Corky Hale In The Studio

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Multi-instrumentalist Corky Hale has been blazing trails since her career began. She started piano at age 3, harp at 8, flute at 10 and cello at 12. In the late 1950s, she became Mel Tormé's pianist and teamed up with Billie Holiday in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1993, Hale performs "Yesterdays" on the harp with Herb Michman joining on bass. She duets with host Marian McPartland on "Tea for Two."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1993.

Set List

  • "The Touch of Your Lips" (Noble)
  • "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" (Sherwin, Maschwitz)
  • "Teach Me Tonight" (de Paul, Cahn)
  • "Time and Time Again" (McPartland)
  • "Yesterdays" (Kern, Harbach)
  • "Tea For Two" (Youmans, Caesar)
  • "Here's That Rainy Day" (Van Heusen, Burke)
  • "When You Wish Upon a Star/So Many Stars" (Harline, Washington/Mendes, Bergman, Bergman)
  • "Melancholy Baby" (Burnett, Norton)
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