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Performer Hazel Scott is perhaps remembered for her glamour. But as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, a new book and an old CD can help us appreciate the details of her life and work. Here is the next 'Fishko Files'...
“Hazel Scott as Herself” Script
If Hazel Scott is remembered now, it tends to be for her ‘moment’ in the film “Rhapsody in Blue,” the George Gershwin story, made in 1945. Gershwin, played by Robert Alda, strides into a Paris nightclub, dressed to kill in black tie, and flush with international success. Who should welcome him but... entertainer Hazel Scott, resplendent in silk fringe and diamonds. She’s at the piano, seemingly a fixture at this Paris club. It’s pretty much all fiction, supposedly based on the life of Gershwin. Except for Hazel. She’s playing her actual self, with her own name and her own style. And that, by the way, was by contractual agreement. Ms. Scott, a glamorous, accomplished woman of color, was not about to play a maid or a bit part at a time when Hollywood was inclined to cast minorities in that direction -- she would only play herself.
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|Rhapsody in Blue||George Gershwin||From Film 'Rhapsody in Blue'.||00:00|
|Fascinating Rhythm||Gershwin||From Film 'Rhapsody in Blue'.||00:00|
|Prelude in 'C' Sharp Minor||Rachmaninoff||Hazel Scott.||The Classics||2003||02:20|
|A Foggy Day||Hazel Scott, Max Roach, Charles Mingus||Relaxed Piano Moods.||Debut Records||1985||06:05|