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Post  pinhedz on Wed May 18, 2011 8:40 am

I believe we used to have a Hazel Scott thread here.

She had Charley Mingus as a side man.


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Post  pinhedz on Wed May 18, 2011 11:49 am

The Hazel Scott Show only aired from July 3, 1950 to September 29, 1950. It was very popular, but there was some rag called "Red Channels" that fingered her as a commie that year, and she got called before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and then the show lost it's sponsers. Neutral

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Post  pinhedz on Wed May 18, 2011 11:58 am

George Gershwin happens to hear Hazel playing in a club in Paris:


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Post  pinhedz on Wed May 18, 2011 11:58 am


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Post  pinhedz on Wed May 18, 2011 12:05 pm

"Relaxed Piano Moods" is a lame name for a record, especially one with Charley Mingus and Max Roach.

The record company must have forced it on her, I reckon.

Anyways, it really doesn't sound "relaxed."


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Post  pinhedz on Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:29 am


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Post  pinhedz on Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:30 am

Thing is, she also sang better than most of the people that are supposed to be singers:


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Post  pinhedz on Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:20 am

Hazel was also patriotic:


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Post  pinhedz on Mon Jun 06, 2011 5:12 am

btw--her first public performance was at 3 years old.

She was admitted to the Julliard school at 8 years old.

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Post  felix on Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:28 am

A talented lady. Shame that the fear of reds under yer beds cut her telly career so short.

In the UK, where telly watching and owning was virtually non-existent before 1953, when the live broadcast of the present Queen's coronation instilled the telly bug in so many Brits, probably the first black woman to have her own UK TV series was Trinidad-born boogie pianist Winifred Atwell, in 1956.

She'd been a popular performer, with numerous hit records under her belt, from the early 50s, Then in 1956, on the recently-opened commercial ITV channel, she starred in "Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show", which ran for ten episodes, from 21 April to 23 June 1956; the BBC picked up the series the following year (details from wikipedia).


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Post  pinhedz on Mon Jun 06, 2011 1:18 pm

I think Hazel could have weathered the "reds-under-yer bedz" period (just as Pete Seager and many others did), which only lasted until Senator Joe McCArthy was censured in 1956. What really did her in was her relationship with the charismatic Senator from the state of New York, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., the first African American to be elected to the US Senate in the state of New York.

Powell divorced his first wife to marry Hazel, but the marriage only lasted a few years. During that marriage, however, Hazel cut back on her touring and concertizing, and after her divorce from Powell, she went to Paris to be part of the Parisian expatriate jazz community.

By the time she returned to the states, she was no longer current. The age of rock and roll had over taken and passed her by. Neutral


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