Aug 24, 2009

Monday Serenade: Hazel Scott

Though glamorous piano player Hazel Scott wasn’t a headliner, she never failed to steal her movies. Her jazzy, boogie woogie take on classics and standards, and her showy, but elegant performance style were unique and inimitable. Her numbers are the most exciting part of otherwise unremarkable movies like Rhapsody in Blue (1945) and The Heat’s On (1943). She’s a real stand-out playing Taking a Chance on Love in this scene from I Dood It (1943). Despite her specialty act billing, Scott is a true star in this scene: cool, charismatic and confident in her remarkable talents.

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