Corky Siegel first appeared on the American music scene in the early 1960's when his ability to provoke stirring emotions through his unique synergy of vocals, keyboards, and electrifying blues harmonica quickly established him as a contemporary among the leading artists of his generation.
In the beginning, Siegel teamed with his friend and guitarist, Jim Schwall to form the Siegel-Schwall Band. They were signed overnight by Vanguard, and later RCA Wooden Nickel. During the 60's and early 70's the band drew capacity crowds to the most popular clubs and auditoriums while their recordings received world acclaim.
During 1975 and the early 1980's Siegel toured as a solo artist, and singer-songwriter, showcasing his engaging blend of pure virtuosity, mixed with tongue-in-cheek humor. As a solo artist he has performed internationally from the Grenoble Jazz Festival in France to Canada's Montreal Jazz Festival and also toured with comedic icons Bob Hope and George Carlin. During this period, Siegel released two critically acclaimed solo recordings that captured his sterling harmonica, dazzling piano chops, and satirical lyrics.
During this period he also released his 2nd ground-breaking recording as guest soloist with Seiji Ozawa and the San Francisco Symphony on the classical label Deutsche Grammophon. Whether performing solo, with symphony orchestra, with his Chamber Blues ensemble, the Siegel-Schwall Band, or with the Chicago Blues Reunion Band, Siegel is a joy to hear and watch.
Wry humor, fiery piano playing, and superb harmonica captivated the crowd. - Kansas City Star
Siegel plays piano ... and ignites the crowd with his masterful blues mouth harp. - Billboard
Corky siegel held listeners visibly spellbound with an amazingly eclectic musical style. It verged on the avant grade, and recalled the sweet sounds of reggae with a healthy dose of Chicago style blues - Chicago Tribune
Siegel is undoubtedly one America's most versatile blues artists - Daily Camera - Boulder Colorado.
Sage of the Southwest Coast - Tom Robbins (Best selling American novelist)
He plays wonderfully on piano as well as harmonica. Siegel has a fine blues touch, and he combines it all with a grand sense of humor and showmanship - San Francisco Examiner
He's a master of piano and harmonica, a superior entertainer, and a writer of unusual songs. Who else writes blues about Idaho Potatoes? - Chicago Magazine