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     Keter Betts

Born: Jul 22, 1928 in Port Chester, NY
Died: Aug 6, 2005 in Silver Spring, MD
Genres: Jazz
Styles: Post-Bop, Bossa Nova, Swing, Bop, Big Band
Instruments: Bass

Having played with some of the most important and influential names in jazz in a career that spans six decades, Keter Betts is perhaps one of the most important journeyman bassists of the genre. His, bluesy, melodic, and thick tone and creative use of string popping and glissando have long made him an in-demand player. Born in Port Chester, NY, he traveled to New York City as a youth to study jazz drums, but eventually grew tired of hauling his Gene Krupa kit up and down four flights of stairs. He switched to bass in 1946, the year he graduated high school. He landed his first professional gig with tenor saxophonist Carmen Leggio D.C. A four-week stay turned into 13 weeks. Betts was 19. He would later settle in the city and raise five children with his wife.

Constant work in D.C. and New York led to a job with rhythm & blues barnstormer Earl Bostic (1949) and later Dinah Washington. He joined the employ of Washington D.C. guitarist Charlie Byrd in 1957, staying with him through the bossa nova craze, which found him playing on dates alongside Stan Getz and Antonio Carlos Jobim. As a member of the Tommy Flanagan Trio, Betts backed Ella Fitzgerald beginning in 1965. In 1971, he joined her band full-time for an unprecedented 24-year stretch. Flanagan and Betts, alongside various drummers (including Bobby Durham, Ed Thigpen, and Gus Johnson) formed an infallible rhythm section; flexible, swinging, playful, warm, and refined; all the qualities Fitzgerald herself personified. Betts played with Fitzgerald until her final performance in 1993. Sidework over the years has also included recordings with Hamiet Bluiett, Sam Jones, Cannonball Adderly, Joe Pass, Clifford Brown, Kenny Burrell, Louis Bellson, and Joe Williams.

It wasn't until 1998 that Betts ever recorded under his own leadership. The self-released Bass, Buddies & Blues (1998) was followed a year later by Bass, Buddies, Blues & Beauty Too, featuring Baltimore vocalist Ethel Ennis. Live at the East Coast Jazz Festival (2000) featured Etta Jones. Betts, in his mid-seventies, has maintained an impressive schedule, performing and lecturing at schools and youth music workshops in the Washington, D.C., area. He also serves as musical coordinator for jazz programming at Black Entertainment Television and as an instructor/lecturer at Howard University.

- John Duffy (All Music Guide)

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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной соисполнитель ...
 Charlie Byrd - 'Bossa Nova By The Birds' - 1962, Original Jazz
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 Nat Adderley - 'Work Song' - 1960, Riverside
 Charlie Byrd - 'Blues Sonata' - 1962, OJC
 Eva Cassidy - 'The Other Side' - 1995, Liaison
 Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis - 'Best Of Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis' - 1981, Pablo
 Stan Getz - 'Getz, Gilberto (No2)' - 1964, Verve, Polygram
 Stan Getz - 'Jazz Samba' - 1962, Verve
 Sam Jones - 'The Chant' - 1961, OJC
 Sam Jones - 'The Soul Society' - 1960, OJC
 Junior Mance - 'Blue Mance' - 1995, Chiaroscuro Records
 Junior Mance - 'Mance' - 2000, Chiaroscuro Records
 Junior Mance - 'Music Of Thelonious Monk' - 2003, Chiaroscuro Records
 Dinah Washington - 'Complete Recordings With Clifford Brown' - 1954, Lone Hill Jazz
 Dinah Washington - 'Dinah Washington: The Diva Series' - 2003, Verve
 Dinah Washington - 'For Those In Love' - 1992, EmArcy
 Dinah Washington - 'Jazz 'Round Midnight: Dinah Washington' - 1993, Verve
 Dinah Washington - 'Mixed Emotions' - 2002, Past Perfect
 Fred Wesley - 'It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing' - 2006, Sons of Sound Productions

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