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Pianist, actress, and activist Hazel Scott was one of the best-known musicians and celebrities of the first half of the 20th century, famed in the 1930s and ’40s as the “Queen of Cafe Society” (the first racially integrated nightclub in New York City) and in 1950 becoming the first Black American woman to host her own TV show. A true “Renaissance artist,” steeped in both the jazz and classical traditions, she was equally at home performing with a small combo, a big band, or a full orchestra—sometimes even playing two pianos simultaneously. This concert, part of a multi-event Washington Performing Arts “centenary-plus-one” celebration, features music Scott loved to perform plus other chestnuts from her era—including works by George Gershwin, Florence Price, and others.

Co-presented with The United States Air Force Band

Please Note: This free performance can be added to a subscription order, but it cannot be applied toward fulfilling the minimum number of paid events for a Custom 2 or 4 Subscription. Limit: four tickets per household. (Click "Add to Cart" above and select up to 4 tickets on the next page—note that you will receive an error message if more than 4 tickets are selected.) Also note that this performance features General Admission seating; please disregard the named seating sections on the following page.

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Hazel Scott on Spotify

United States Air Force Band on Spotify

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Washington Performing Arts’s Hazel Scott 101st Birthday Celebration is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and Lydia Micheaux Marshall.

Additional sponsorships are available for this performance and others in the 2021/22 season. Contact Elizabeth Racheva, Chief Advancement Officer, at Sponsorship@WashingtonPerformingArts.org or (202) 533-1862 to learn more.

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