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When she became a celebrity in the 1940s, and even when she had her own television show in 1950; movie producers offered African American actors only stereotypical roles. Long before the civil rights movement made organized protest common for African Americans to register their desire for equal rights, Hazel Scott, defied racial stereotypes, portraying a positive screen and stage image, thus improving the opportunities for other African Americans in the entertainment industry. Even for a celebrity of her caliber, Scott, like most African Americans during the 1950's, was no stranger to Jim Crow segregation

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts, 50th Anniversary of Court and Spark & More

Read "New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts, 50th Anniversary of Court and Spark & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Rose Mallett, Tony Jones and Jessica Jones, Ian Shaw, Lisa Hilton,{Kristen R. Bromley, Jo Harrop plus preview singles from Kelly Green and Andrea Wolper, with birthday shoutouts to Max Roach (100!), Cheryl Bentyne, Kate McGarry, Peter Eldridge, Chelsea McBride and Sade , among others. At the close of the 2nd ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tal Farlow, Herbie Hancock, Hazel Scott & Benjamin Lapidus

Read "Tal Farlow, Herbie Hancock, Hazel Scott & Benjamin Lapidus" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 808th Episode of Neon Jazz with the title track off guitarist Benjamin Lapidus's 2023 album Blues for Ochún. From there, we hear from the legendary Herbie Hancock who Lapidus saw at his first concert. As the show moves forward, we hone in on the female voices in jazz here in 2023 with Jan ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts To Monnette Sudler, Irene Higginbotham (Good Morning Heartache), Hazel Scott & More

Read "New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts To Monnette Sudler, Irene Higginbotham (Good Morning Heartache), Hazel Scott & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from from drummer Ken Serio, guitarist Andrea Lisa, vocalists Marina Pacowski and Chloe Jean, with birthday shoutouts to Monnette Sudler, Irene Higginbotham (Good Morning Heartache), Hazel Scott, Daryl Sherman, Jocelyn Gould, Lili Anel, Janiece Jaffe, Deanna Kirk and Erica Lindsey, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Love for Sale: Cole Porter from Ella to Iyer + Drinking Songs

Read "Love for Sale: Cole Porter from Ella to Iyer + Drinking Songs" reviewed by David Brown


In week's edition we honor a variety of musicians whose date of birth coincides with this weekend (Pine Top Smith, Hazel Scott, Kenny Barron, Jimmie Lunceford, Jamaaladeen Tacuma). We'll also celebrate the 132nd birthday of composer and song writer Cole Porter as interpreted by a variety of artist thought the evening. Drinking songs will follow, then ...

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Article: Interview

Ahmad Jamal: In his Own Sense of Time and Place

Read "Ahmad Jamal: In his Own Sense of Time and Place" reviewed by Josef Woodard


This interview first appeared in the Santa Barbara News-Press on October 2005. The introduction has been updated. For the late, great and uniquely poetic pianist Ahmad Jamal, who passed on at age 92 on April 16, 2023, easy descriptors never sufficed in capturing his particular magic. He was a classicist, a modernist, a minimalist ...

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Article: Profile

Hazel Scott: Swing and Silence

Read "Hazel Scott: Swing and Silence" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Ahmad Jamal is often credited with creating a new spacious sound in jazz. He had a tingling sense of touch on the piano that let each note ring profoundly and famously inspired Miles Davis to explore the effects of silence and space. It was a sound equally admired and belittled as cocktail jazz because of its ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Judy Garland Centennial & More Jazz Gemini Birthdays

Read "New Releases, Judy Garland Centennial & More Jazz Gemini Birthdays" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from guitarists Jocelyn Gould, Mary Halvorson and vocalists Jennifer Gammill and Shiri Zorn with birthday shoutouts to Judy Garland (100!) pianists Hazel Scott, Irene Higginbotham, Geri Allen and vocalist Lili Anel, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear on the show--see them live, buy (don't just ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

I Like You Best of All - New Releases from Maria Muldaur With Tuba Skinny, Lauren Henderson, Jill McCarron, Tomoko Omura and More

Read "I Like You Best of All - New Releases from Maria Muldaur With Tuba Skinny, Lauren Henderson, Jill McCarron, Tomoko Omura and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates a new collaboration from Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny plus releases from vocalist Lauren Henderson, pianist Jill McCarron and violinist Tomoko Omura, with birthday shoutouts to composer Irene Higginbotham (Good Morning Heartache, This Will Make You Laugh), Hazel Scott, Geri Allen, Jenny Scheinman, Lili Anel, Jocelyn Gould, and Monika Herzig, among others. Thanks ...

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News: Video / DVD

What Ever Happened to Hazel Scott?

What Ever Happened to Hazel Scott?

Hazel Scott was an enormously talented jazz and classical pianist whose popularity soared in the early 1940s. She appeared regularly at New York's Cafe Society in 1941, performed at Carnegie Hall in 1943, went to Hollywood, married Congressman Adam Clayton Powell in 1945 and was the first woman to have her own TV show in 1950. ...


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