The White Keys and The Black Keys - Hazel Scott
Jazz pianist Hazel Scott plays 'The White Keys And The Black Keys' on two grand pianos. From the movie 'The Heat's On' (1943).
Hazel Dorothy Scott (1920 - 1981) was a Trinidadian-born jazz and classical pianist, singer and actress.
Born in Port of Spain, Hazel was taken at the age of four by her mother to New York City.
Recognized early as a musical prodigy, Scott was given scholarships from the age of eight to study
at the Juilliard School.
She began performing in a jazz band in her teens and was performing on radio at age 16.
She was prominent as a jazz singer throughout the 1930s and 1940s.
In 1950, she became the first black person to have a TV show "The Hazel Scott Show" featuring
a variety of entertainment.
Her career in America faltered after she testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee
during the McCarthy era.
Scott subsequently moved to Paris in the late 1950s and performed in France, not returning to the United States until 1967.
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