Friday, March 23, 2007


Retro Record Moment

And now from crazy black women (see below) to beautiful, talented and intelligent ones. Straight out of Compton, Port-au-Prince, comes this week's musical flashback, Hazel Scott. Like our gracious blog host, Ms. Scott was born in Trinidad and moved to New York City at a young age.

Though little known today among the listeners of monotonously repetitive tonic pop chords and shrill American Idol warblers, Ms. Scott was an accomplished jazz and classical pianist who was married to Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. at one time. Contrary to popular belief, Nat King Cole was NOT the first African-American entertainer with a national TV show, Ms. Scott was. Sit back and enjoy a woman of real talent, class, and multilingual ability from this 1955 clip. She's accompanied by some young bass fella that may have made a name for himself and Joni Mitchell in later years ...

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