Following in her father's footsteps, she also had a guest appearance on one of television's top cop shows CBS' "Criminal Minds." Ariana also appears on famed jazz harp player/pianist (and wife of Mike Stoller of renowned songwriting team Leiber & Stoller) Corky Hale's latest CD release, "Corky Hale...And Friends - I'm Glad There Is You," singing her rendition of the song, "I See Your Face."
The man known to a generation of television viewers as "Kojak" died in 1994 when Ariana was just seven, but his legacy lives on through his talented daughter. After seeing Ariana's cabaret, Variety's late Army Archerd lovingly wrote, "As Telly would have said, 'Who loves ya, baby?' They all did." To learn more about Ariana Savalas, visit www.facebook.com/arianasavalas.
Corky Hale (Guest Artist Pianist) 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 sold-out performances at the Oak Room at the Algonquin in New York, Davenport's in Chicago, the Cinegrill and Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz...etc. in Los Angeles, the Plush Room in San Francisco, and Pizza On The Park in London have led Los Angeles Times' jazz reviewer Don Heckman to observe that Hale is "more than a triple threat." The San Francisco Examiner's Philip Ellwood noted her performances are "of cyclonic proportions." She has also been seen and heard on "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson."
Hale's harp, piano and vocals can be heard on her five albums "CORKY!" (www.cdbaby.com and www.amazon.com); "Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas - Corky Hale" (www.cdbaby.com and www.amazon.com); "Corky Hale Plays George Gershwin & Vernon Duke" (www.cdbaby.com); "Corky Hale - Harp Beat" and on her most recent CD, "Corky Hale...And Friends - I'm Glad There Is You." To learn more, visit www.corkyhale.com.
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