In HAZEL SCOTT: THE PIONEERING JOURNEY OF A JAZZ PIANIST, FROM CAFÉ SOCIETY TO HOLLYWOOD TO HUAC (University of Michigan Press, $29.95) by Karen Chilton, the author presents the compelling biography of Hazel Scott, who became known not only for her accomplishments on stage and screen, but for her outspoken advocacy of civil rights. During the 1940s and `50s, her international career and her marriage to the controversial Black congressman from Harlem, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., kept her in the headlines. A target of the House Un-American Activities Committee during the McCarthy Era (late 1940s-1950s), she eventually joined the Black expatriate community in Paris. In the first biography of Scott, the author traces the fascinating arc of this star's life and rescues her from obscurity. --Ebony Magazine, October 2008
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"This book is really, really important. It comprises a lot of history--of culture, race, gender, and America. In many ways, Hazel's story is the story of the twentieth century."
-Murray Horwitz, NPR commentator and co-author of "Ain't Misbehavin'"
"Hazel Scott was an important figure in the later part of the Black renaissance onward. Even in an era where there was limited mainstream recognition of Black Stars. Hazel Scott's talent stood out and she is still fondly remembered by a large segment of the community. I am pleased to see her legend honored."
-Melvin Van Peebles, Filmmaker/Director
"Karen Chilton has deftly woven three narrative threads-Adam Clayton Powell,Jr., Harlem, and Hazel Scott-into a marvelous tapestry of black life, particularly from the Depression to the Civil Rights era. Of course, Hazel Scott's magnificent career is the brightest thread, and Chilton handles it with the same finesse and brilliance as her subject brought to the piano."
-Herb Boyd, author of Baldwin's Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin
"A wonderful book about an extraordinary woman: Hazel Scott was a glamorous, gifted musician and fierce freedom fighter. Thank you Karen Chilton for reintroducing her. May she never be forgotten."
-Farah Griffin, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University