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Jazz for Curious Readers
Karen Chilton
April 6, 2009

Come join us as Karen Chilton discusses her book, Hazel Scott: The Pioneering Journey of a Jazz Pianist from Cafe Society to Hollywood to HUAC.

New York-based actor and writer Karen Chilton, a native of Chicago’s South Side, received her business degree from Bradley University. She has extensive musical training from The Chicago Conservatory of Music in classical piano and has studied abroad as an America Field Service (AFS) international exchange student in the Dominican Republic. Other areas of intensive study include jazz history and dramatic writing.

Ms. Chilton recently completed her second work of literary nonfiction, the biography of jazz/concert pianist Hazel Scott, entitled Hazel Scott: The Pioneering Journey of a Jazz Pianist from Cafe Society to Hollywood to HUAC (University of Michigan Press). She was awarded a month-long writer’s residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts to support her work on the book. She is also the co-author of I Wish You Love, the jazz memoir of legendary vocalist, Gloria Lynne (St. Martin's Press/Feb 2000). The autobiography was a critical success, receiving an outstanding review from the industry journal, Publishers Weekly: “Full of gossip, exclamation and vernacular, it’s a book that demands to be read out loud. This is a moving tribute to the crucible of Harlem jazz.”

She is also an accomplished voiceover artist and narrator. Her voice can be heard on numerous national network television, radio and internet advertising campaigns. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks and is the recipient of the Audiofile Golden Earphones Award.

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