Adele Girard Marsala

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b. 1913, USA, d. 7 September 1993, Denver, Colorado, USA By choosing the harp as her instrument, Girard severely damaged her chances of being taking seriously when she began playing jazz. Nevertheless,…
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b. 1913, USA, d. 7 September 1993, Denver, Colorado, USA By choosing the harp as her instrument, Girard severely damaged her chances of being taking seriously when she began playing jazz. Nevertheless, she persevered, working in bands such as Harry Sosnick’s before coming to wider attention as a member of Joe Marsala’s band at 52nd Street’s Hickory House in 1938. That same year Girard and Marsala married and continued to play together during the next decade. After Marsala retired from regular performing, Girard continued her career, now as a solo act, also singing and playing piano. She worked in clubs, hotels and casinos in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, especially the popular resorts, and in the 70s appeared briefly in London with the Festival Theatre USC. By dint of her delightful melodic approach, a subtle sense of swing, allied to her perfect pitch, she became an able member of some good small jazz groups and qualified as one of the two or three - of an admittedly small number - best harpists in jazz.