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Hazel Scott

Hazel Dorothy Scott (June 11, 1920 – October 2, 1981) was a Trinidad-born American jazz and classical pianist and singer. She was an outspoken critic of racial discrimination and segregation. She used her influence to improve the representation of Black Americans in film.

Born in Port of Spain, Scott moved to New York City with her mother at the age of four. Scott was a child musical prodigy, receiving scholarships to study at the Juilliard School when she was eight. In her teens, she performed at Café Society while still at school. She also performed on the radio.

She was active as a jazz singer throughout the 1930s and 1940s. In 1950, she became the first black American to host her own TV show, The Hazel Scott Show. Her career in America faltered after she testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1950 during the era of McCarthyism. Scott subsequently moved to Paris in 1957 and began performing in Europe, not returning to the United States until 1967.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 11, 1920 (Port of Spain), Died October 2, 1981 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1957

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, vocalist

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 50 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-043945 10-in. 12/1/1939 Calling all bars Sextet of the Rhythm Club of London Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-043946 10-in. 12/1/1939 Mighty like the blues Hazel Scott ; Sextet of the Rhythm Club of London Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Victor BS-043947 10-in. 12/1/1939 You gave me the go-by Hazel Scott ; Sextet of the Rhythm Club of London Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Victor BS-043948 10-in. 12/1/1939 Why didn't William Tell? Pete Barry ; Sextet of the Rhythm Club of London Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 68480 10-in. 12/11/1940 Valse in D flat major, Op.64, No.1 ; (Minute waltz) ; (Chopin) Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 68481 10-in. 12/11/1940 Country gardens (Percy Grainger) Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 68482 10-in. 12/11/1940 Ritual fire dance (De Falla) Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 68483 10-in. 12/11/1940 Prelude in C sharp minor (Rachmaninoff) Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 68484 10-in. 12/11/1940 Two-part invention in A minor (Bach) Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 68485 10-in. 12/11/1940 Hungarian rhapsody No.2 (Liszt) Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 70410 10-in. 2/27/1942 Embraceable you Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 70411 10-in. 2/27/1942 Hazel's boogie woogie Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 70412 10-in. 2/27/1942 Blues in B flat Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 70413 10-in. 2/27/1942 Hallelujah Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 70414 10-in. 2/27/1942 Dark eyes Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 70415 10-in. 2/27/1942 Three little words Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 70708 10-in. 5/1/1942 The man I love Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Decca 72790 10-in. 3/22/1945 Take me in your arms Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Decca 72791 10-in. 3/22/1945 I'm glad there is you Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Decca 72849 10-in. 5/3/1945 I'm glad there is you Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Decca 72850 10-in. 5/3/1945 Fascinating rhythm Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Decca 72851 10-in. 5/3/1945 The man I love Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Decca 101229 12/27/1956 Just imagine Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 101230 12/27/1956 Wee small hours Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 101231 12/27/1956 It's you or no one Hazel Scott instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 50 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Scott, Hazel," accessed April 16, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106381.

Scott, Hazel. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 16, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106381.

"Scott, Hazel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 16 April 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106381

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