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The Des Moines Register has called Hazell "a legend in Iowa
Music," and is referred to by many as the "Godfather
of Iowa Blues." On December 17, 2000, he was inducted into
the IOWA BLUES HALL OF FAME, and he was inducted into the IOWA
MUSIC ASSOCIATION ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME in 2007. An official
endorsee of Hohner Harmonicas, he is considered by many to be
one of the finest and most creative harmonica players in the music
As a performer, his wide repertoire includes rhythm and blues
standards, as well as many original compositions delivered with
a spontaneous performance suited to each particular setting, be
it a concert, back-country roadhouse, Mississippi River beach
party, wedding dance, school assembly, or downtown blues club.
Hazell taught himself to play boogie-woogie
piano at age eleven in 1956, and then commenced his professional
career in 1960, playing piano in a three-piece band in Burlington,
Iowa. In 1968, he established the Mother Blues Band in Iowa City,
and through the 1970's and early 1980's, the band toured extensively
in the Midwest as it achieved what is widely regarded as a legendary
status in the region.
In addition to exposure from his live performances, many of his
36 recordings have had significant airplay, both regionally and
nationally, and he has been the subject of numerous news articles
and television/radio broadcasts throughout his career.
In 1983, Hazell launched a career as a solo performer as a "one-man-band"
This format has allowed him to expand his music into areas outside
of his midwestern area. For example in 1986, he went on his first
musical tour in Europe and continues to tour there on a regular
basis. Since 1999, he has added South America and Russia to his
Since November, 2003, in collaboration with the famous Udmurtian
folk singers, Nadezhda Utkina, and Sergey Kungurov, he has performed
in Moscow as well as the capitol of the Udmurt Republic, Izhevsk,
where he presented concerts, music master classes, and lectures
on various aspects of Midwestern American culture.
One of the highlights was composing and producing with Mr.Kungurov
and Ms.Utkina the Izh Valley Bell Project. The large bells in
three major sites (two Orthodox Churches and the Izhmash Armaments
Factory) were rung in various patterns for fortyfive minutes during
the Russian Independence Celebration on June 11, 2004. The event
gained nation-wide exposure on Moscow television.
The Bell Projects are Hazell's invention. He has composed and
produced 13 of them since February 2, 2003, 12 in the United States
in addition to the one in Izhevsk.
As an educator, Hazell presents his music while dealing with such
topics as songwriting, improvisation, and the elements of jazz
and blues music. In this capacity, he was an instructor in a special
music class at Washington (Iowa) High School from 1987 to 1995.
Entitled Advanced Instrumental Music, the class was spotlighted
by Iowa Public Television (Living in Iowa, December 25, 1992)
for its innovative approach to music education, allowing the students
to create and perform their own music.
Hazell is affiliated with Broadcast Musicians Incorporated (BMI),
The National Academy of The Recording Arts (GRAMMYS), Arts Midwest,
and is a member of the 1990 Touring Arts Team of Iowa, and is
listed in the Iowa Arts Council's Arts In Education and the Performing
Artists Touring Rosters.