Biography Sketch: Hazel Scott

Learn all about Hazel Scott in 280 characters or less.

Hazel Scott on the Cover of Ebony Magazine

Hazel Scott was a musical prodigy who was accepted into Julliard when she was eight years old. Scott, a singer and jazz virtuoso, refused to perform in segregated venues. She was the first black person to have a US television show. Sadly, the McCarthy hearings ended her career.

 

 

To Be Somebody by Langston Hughes

Little girl
Dreaming of a baby grand piano
(Not knowing there’s a Steinway bigger, bigger)
Dreaming of a baby grand to play
That stretches paddle-tailed across the floor,
Not standing upright
Like a bad boy in the corner,
But sending music
Up the stairs and down the stairs
And out the door
To confound even Hazel Scott
Who might be passing!

Oh!

Little boy
Dreaming of the boxing gloves
Joe Louis wore,
The gloves that sent
Two dozen men to the floor.
Knockout!
Bam! Bop! Mop!

There’s always room,
They say,
At the top.


Learn More!

1. Smithsonian.com

2. Hazel Scott: The Pioneering Journey of a Jazz Pianist, from Cafe Society to Hollywood to HUAC 

3. The Memory Palace: Promise (Great Podcast about Hazel Scott)


Learn all about Hazel Scott in 280 characters or less.

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