Hazel Dorothy Scott (June 11, 1920 – October 2, 1981) was a Trinidadian-born jazz and classical pianist, singer and actor. She was an active and acclaimed performing artist from the 1930s till her death, and also portrayed herself in several films. As an outspoken critic of racial discrimination and segregation, she used her career and fame in the US to improve the representation of black Americans in film.
Born in Port of Spain, Hazel was taken at the age of four by her mother to New York City. 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.
She was prominent 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 during the McCarthy era. Scott subsequently moved to Paris in the late 1950s and began performing in Europe, not returning to the United States until 1967.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 11th, 1920 (Port of Spain), Died October 2nd, 1981 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1957
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, vocalist
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||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|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||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Scott, Hazel," accessed August 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106381.
Scott, Hazel. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106381.
"Scott, Hazel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 August 2021.
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