On Monday, May 18th I had lunch with three of the world’s greatest Jazz Harp Masters at a little cafe in Hollywood: Corky Hale, Lori Andrews and Carol Robbins.
Corky Hale is the Grande Dame and pioneer of Jazz Harp, with a career spanning decades and recording credits from Tony Bennet to Bjork . And when I got an NEA grant decades ago to study with a jazz harpist, it was Corky I studied with.
Carol Robbins is a two-time Grammy-Nominee who plays with Billy Childs, among others – an incredible improviser and well-known jazz-harp luminary.
Lori Andrews is a power-house jazz player who introduced me to one of the all-time great harp techniques: slap-bass – and who jumped on stage with me at my Saturday show for a two-harp rendition of “Black Orpheus.”
Don’t ask what we had for lunch – I was too focused on the conversation and looking forward to the possibility of interviewing each of these incredible players for an upcoming jazz-harp masters interview project I’m working on.
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Here is a photo gallery of the lunch!