Hazel Dorothy Scott

Hazel Dorothy Scott

Birth
Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago
Death 2 Oct 1981 (aged 61)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA
Plot Section 9
Memorial ID 6805014 · View Source
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Jazz Musician, Social Reformer. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, she made her debut as a pianist at age three. By her eighth birthday she had performed in New York City, New York and won a scholarship to the Julliard School of Music. She became a star of radio and theatre in the 1930s and 1940s and appeared in several motion pictures in the 1940s, gaining renown for her jazz improvisations on classical pieces such as her recording of "Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2" (Liszt) / "Valse in D Flat Major" (Chopin op. 64 no. 1) in 1940. She also appeared in several motion pictures, such as "Rapsody in Blue" in 1945. Her marriage in 1945 to Harlem minister and Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was one of the year's major social events, however, the two divorced in 1956. In the late 1940s she became the first African-American woman to host her own television show, but lost this job in 1950 when she was accused of being a Communist sympathizer. She refused to perform in segregated theaters and became an outspoken critic of both McCarthyism and racial injustice. After living abroad for five years in the 1960s, she returned to the United States and to her television and nightclub career. Called a "musical chameleon" for her ability to shift from jazz to classical blues, Scott continued to perform until her death in New York in 1981.

Bio by: Curtis Jackson


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  • Originally Created by: Curtis Jackson
  • Added: 27 Sep 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6805014
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hazel Dorothy Scott (11 Jun 1920–2 Oct 1981), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6805014, citing Flushing Cemetery, Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .