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SCOTT, Hazel

(b Hazel Dorothy Scott, 11 June '20, Port of Spain, Trinidad; d 2 Oct. '81) Pianist, composer, singer. To USA age four, a piano prodigy at eight, worked with mother's American Creolians all girl band; studied at Juilliard. Had own radio series '36; appeared in Broadway musical Sing Out The News '38 (played and sang "F.D.R. Jones'), revue Priorities of 1942, films I Dood It, The Heat's On, Something To Shout About '43, Broadway Rhythm '44, Rhapsody In Blue '45. She followed Billie Holiday into Barney Josephson's Café Society '40 and stayed at that famous club for several years. Wrote "Love Comes Softly' and "Nightmare Blues'. She recorded for Signature, Decca (compilation 'Round Midnight), Columbia (10} LPs), had her own show on early TV, was married to NYC Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, divorced; made album Relaxed Piano Moods '55 for Charles Mingus's Debut label, a 10} limited edition with Mingus on bass and drummer Max Roach, later issued on Fantasy; also Afterthoughts '80 on Tioch.