[Dixielandjazz] Re: Great pianists - Hadda Brooks

Nancy Giffin nancyink at ulink.net
Mon Apr 12 20:49:15 PDT 2004

From: TCASHWIGG at aol.com -- Tom Wiggins wrote:
"... And then there was Hadda Brooks, who also played a pretty Mean
pieanner, I  mean that heifer could really walk a piano, as they say down
south in the old Holiness Churches..."


After you played her CD for me, I wanted to learn more about her, so I found
a great bio and interview at:  http://www.offbeat.com/ob9910/backtalk.html

I lo-o-o-o-ove to hear her play! (And sing, too.)
The "Queen of the Boogie"! Also the first black woman to have her own weekly
TV show (1957). Benny Goodman got her started in the movies.

Is she still alive? She'd be 87 if she were. Thanks for reminding me that I
still have to get one of her recordings.

Love and hugs,

P.S. She didn't play in "Casablanca," but she did play in another Bogart
film, "In A Lonely Place." (She also performed in "The Bad and the
Beautiful" with Lana Turner, and "The Crossing Guard" with Jack Nicholson.)

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