Hazel Scott

Jazz Pianist, Musical Artist

1920 – 1981

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Who was Hazel Scott?

Hazel Dorothy Scott was an internationally known, American jazz and classical pianist and singer; she also performed as herself in several films. She was prominent as a jazz singer throughout the 1930s and 1940s. In 1950, she became the first woman of color to have her own TV show, The Hazel Scott Show, featuring a variety of entertainment. To evade the political persecution of artists in the McCarthy era, Scott moved to Paris in the late 1950s and performed in France, not returning to the United States until 1967.

Born in Port of Spain, Hazel was taken at the age of four by her mother to New York. Recognized early as a musical prodigy, Scott was given scholarships from the age of eight to study at the Juilliard School. She began performing in a jazz band in her teens and was performing on radio at age 16.

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Born
Jun 11, 1920
Port of Spain
Also known as
  • Scott, Hazel
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Juilliard School
Died
Oct 2, 1981
Mount Sinai Medical Center

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