Catalina Bar & Grill Presents 'A Birthday Tribute To Billie Holiday,' 4/25


Catalina Bar & Grill will present "A Birthday Tribute To Billie Holiday" starring Billie Holiday's pianist Corky Hale and singer Freda Payne, with Special Guest, singer Tricia Tahara for One Night Only!!! The performance will be presented on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. at Catalina Bar & Grill; 6725 West Sunset Boulevard (just east of North Highland Avenue); Los Angeles, CA 90028. There is $20 Cover Charge. Valet Parking is available.

Corky Hale, who was once Billie Holiday's pianist, along with Freda Payne and Tricia Tahara will perform a tribute program in honor of the late American Jazz singer, Billie Holiday's 97th Birthday. The program will include signature songs Billie Holiday was strongly affiliated with, including: "Them There Eyes," "My Man," "Billie's Blues," "God Bless The Child," "Strange Fruit," "Lady Sings The Blues" and "Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone," among others.

Reservations for the show and dinner can be made by calling Catalina Bar & Grill at 323-466-2210 or online at For further information about the performance, please visit the website For further information about Corky Hale, please visit

Corky Hale (Pianist and Vocalist) was born in a small mid-western farm town and started taking piano lessons at age three. At age seven, while vacationing with her family in Florida, Hale was heard in the lobby of her hotel picking out tunes on the piano by House bandleader, Horace Heidt. Heidt had a little band jacket made for her and featured her for the next few weeks in the evening show. She began studying piano at Chicago Conservatory at the age of seven, and harp at the age of eight.

She has performed at The White House with Tony Bennett, soloed with Barbra Streisand in Central Park and at the Hollywood Bowl, and performed with Björk on her MTV Special in London. Hale has also appeared with George Michael at London's Royal Albert Hall and Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium. She has played harp for Liberace (on his television show and at Madison Square Garden) and Judy Collins, piano for Billie Holiday, Mel Tormé and Peggy Lee, and sung with the bands of Harry James, Ray Anthony and Jerry Gray.

Hale's harp, piano and vocals can be heard on her five albums "CORKY!"; "Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas – Corky Hale" ; "Corky Hale Plays George Gershwin & Vernon Duke" ; "Corky Hale – Harp Beat" and on her most recent CD, "Corky Hale and Friends...I'm Glad There Is You." To learn more, please visit

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