Hazel Scott

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Hazel Dorothy Scott, 11 June 1920, Port of Spain, Trinidad, d. 2 October 1981, New York City, New York, USA. Scott was brought up and educated in New York where she studied classical piano. Later, she turned to jazz and began earning a living in the city’s nightclubs. She became very popular and played at Café Society, a favourite haunt of the in-crowd. She had her own radio show and also appeared in films, usually in a nightclub scene, among them Mae West’s The Heat’s On (also known as Tropicana), Red Skelton’s I Dood It (By Hook Or By Crook), Something To Shout About (all 1943), Broadway Rhythm (1944) and Rhapsody In Blue (1945), the George Gershwin biopic.

She married the prominent black politician, Adam Clayton Powell Jnr. Later, her career drifted somewhat but she appeared briefly in a French film, Le Désordre Et La Nuit (Night Affair) in 1958. Scott’s piano playing was of a high order, reflecting...

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