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Hazel Scott

Hazel Scott
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Artist
James VanDerZee, 29 Jun 1886 - 15 May 1983
Sitter
Hazel Scott, 11 Jun 1920 - 2 Oct 1981
Date
1936
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 24.1 x 19.3 cm (9 1/2 x 7 5/8")
Sheet: 25.2 x 20.3 cm (9 15/16 x 8")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
©Donna Mussenden VanDerZee
Object number
NPG.94.18
Exhibition Label
A gifted pianist and singer who moved easily between jazz and the classics, Hazel Scott dazzled audiences with her witty, daring, and sophisticated performances. Her prodigious talent was evident at an early age. Only fifteen when she appeared as soloist with Count Basie and his orchestra in 1935, Scott made her Broadway debut just three years later. In 1940 her Carnegie Hall performance of a "swing" version of Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody created a sensation, delighting her fans and confounding the critics. From 1939 to 1945 (the year in which she married Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr.), Scott not only enjoyed star status as a nightclub performer in New York, but also appeared in several films and toured extensively. A staunch proponent of equal rights, she maintained a professional contract enabling her to refuse to perform before racially segregated audiences.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York