So I just left the Willie Mae Rock Camp this afternoon, after having helped teach the guitar workshop and some band coaching for the Ladies week-end edition of Rock Camp, and jumped in my truck just in time to hear a story on NPR radio about the pioneering jazz and classical pianist Hazel Scott (1920-1981). I felt like I wanted to hurry home and print out a picture of her to hang up at my studio! A new role model, this woman's technique and evident hard work is extremely inspiring.
Hazel Scott was awarded scholarships to Juilliard at the age of 8 for her piano playing. As a teen, she performed with her mother's all female jazz ensemble. She went on to play with Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus and others.