Artist spotlight: Hadda Brooks (1916-2002)

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This classically trained American pianist launched her career in 1945 by releasing a good number of original boogie-woogie records. Like her contemporary Hazel Scott, Hadda had her own TV show for a time and also appeared in a number of films. Dubbed ‘Queen of the Boogie’, here’s her first record, Swingin’ the Boogie, from 1945:

UCLA’s Oral History Collection contains a detailed interview transcript with Hadda where she talks about her life and her career. There’s also a rare 1994 TV interview available: