Corky Corcoran

Gene Patrick "Corky" Corcoran (July 28, 1924 - October 3, 1979) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist.

Corcoran was born in Tacoma, Washington. He first played professionally in 1940 with Sonny Dunham, then joined Harry James's ensemble for from 1941 to 1947. He left James for a short time, playing with his own ensemble and working briefly in Tommy Dorsey's band before rejoining James in 1949. He continued to work with James until 1957, and also played concurrently with his own ensembles. In 1962, he once again began working with James, an association that would continue almost to Corcoran's death. He died in Tacoma.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 28th, 1924 (Tacoma), Died October 3rd, 1979

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: saxophone, tenor saxophone

Recordings (Results 26-27 of 27 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 103797 8/4/1947 Oh, lady be good-2 Gene Norman "Just Jazz" All Stars instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature LS 1945 1/31/1946 Meandering [take 1 Shorty Sherock Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 26-27 of 27 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Corcoran, Corky," accessed October 22, 2021,

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"Corcoran, Corky." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 October 2021.

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