By Karen Chilton
---Melvin Van Peebles, filmmaker and director
"This ebook is basically, fairly vital. It includes loads of history---of tradition, race, gender, and the USA. in lots of methods, Hazel's tale is the tale of the 20 th century."
---Murray Horwitz, NPR commentator and coauthor of Ain't Misbehavin'
"Karen Chilton has deftly woven 3 narrative threads---Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Harlem, and Hazel Scott---into a fabulous tapestry of black existence, fairly from the melancholy to the Civil Rights period. after all, Hazel Scott's superb occupation is the brightest thread, and Chilton handles it with an analogous finesse and brilliance as her topic dropped at the piano."
---Herb Boyd, writer of Baldwin's Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin
"A really good publication approximately a unprecedented girl: Hazel Scott used to be a glamorous, proficient musician and fierce freedom fighter. thanks Karen Chilton for reintroducing her. may well she by no means be forgotten."
---Farah Griffin, Institute for study in African-American reviews, Columbia University
In this interesting biography, Karen Chilton strains the bright arc of the proficient and audacious pianist Hazel Scott, from overseas stardom to final obscurity.
A baby prodigy, born in Trinidad and raised in Harlem within the Nineteen Twenties, Scott's musical expertise was once cultivated via her musician mom, Alma lengthy Scott in addition to numerous nice jazz luminaries of the interval, specifically, artwork Tatum, fat Waller, Billie vacation and Lester younger. occupation good fortune used to be fast for the younger pianist---she auditioned on the prestigious Juilliard tuition while she was once basically 8 years previous, hosted her personal radio exhibit, and shared the invoice at Roseland Ballroom with the count number Basie Orchestra at fifteen. After numerous stand-out performances on Broadway, it used to be the hole of recent York's first built-in nightclub, Café Society, that made Hazel Scott a celebrity. nonetheless undefined, the "Darling of Café Society" wowed audiences along with her swing renditions of classical masterpieces via Chopin, Bach, and Rachmaninoff. by the point Hollywood got here calling, Scott had completed such stature that she may well effectively problem the studios' deplorable therapy of black actors. She could later turn into one of many first black ladies to host her personal tv express. throughout the Nineteen Forties and 50s, her horny and vivacious presence captivated enthusiasts all over the world, whereas her marriage to the debatable black Congressman from Harlem, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., saved her continually within the headlines.
In a occupation spanning over 4 many years, Hazel Scott grew to become recognized not just for her accomplishments on level and display, yet for her outspoken advocacy of civil rights and her refusal to play sooner than segregated audiences. Her relentless campaign on behalf of African americans, girls, and artists made her the objective of the home Un-American actions Committee (HUAC) through the McCarthy period, ultimately forcing her to affix the black expatriate group in Paris. through age twenty-five, Hazel Scott used to be a global big name. prior to achieving thirty-five, although, she thought of herself a failure. affected by lack of confidence and melancholy, she two times attempted to take her personal lifestyles. although she used to be the most sought-after skills in convey company, Scott may go back to the United States, after years of dwelling in a foreign country, to a track global that not valued what she needed to provide. during this first biography of a massive yet ignored African American pianist, singer, actor and activist, Hazel Scott's contributions are ultimately recognized.
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