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Keter Betts

Keter Betts has been one of the most in demand jazz bassists of the last century. Born in 1928, in Port Chester New York, he began his musical studies as a drummer after following a marching band around in a parade. After moving to New York to study and work professionally, he became tired of hauling his drums up and down several flights of stairs and made the switch to bass. He moved to the fertile musical ground of post war Washington, DC in 1947 and made the most of the opportunity, sitting in with all the legends that came through town. As he honed his skills, his reputation spread and band leaders in New York, regularly sought his services, working with Earl Bostic and Dinah Washington

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Bob Baldwin: Henna

Read "Henna" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Pianist Bob Baldwin grew up with music in his bones. His father Robert Baldwin, Sr., (1926-2008) was also a jazz pianist who worked with bass legends Keter Betts and Art Davis. His cousin, Larry Willis, also a legendary jazz pianist, is known for his association with Blood, Sweat and Tears/Jerry Gonzalez & Fort Apache Band. With ...

Steve Herberman, Hristo Vitchev, Rick Stone and Harvey Valdes

Read "Steve Herberman,  Hristo Vitchev, Rick Stone and Harvey Valdes" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous, our third installment in a series that introduces readers to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each will field the same four questions and we've included audio and video so you can sample their music. This installment includes a diverse group ...

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Unreleased Ella Fitzgerald On Dot Time Records!

Unreleased Ella Fitzgerald On Dot Time Records!

The inaugural release of the Legends series is Ella Fitzgerald: Live at Chautauqua. Vol. 1. The date is July 11, 1968. The venue is the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater in Western New York near Lake Erie (a venue built in 1893 that had housed such varied programs as those presented by Booker T. Washington, Amelia Earhart, Marian ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Duke Ellington Orchestra at Arizona Musicfest

Read "Duke Ellington Orchestra at Arizona Musicfest" reviewed by Patricia Myers

Duke Ellington Orchestra Highlands Church 2015 Arizona Musicfest Scottsdale, Arizona February 6, 2015 The Duke Ellington Orchestra delivered a solid mix of swing and ballads from the colossal repertoire of its namesake and his gifted composing colleague, Billy Strayhorn. The enduring sophistication of their collaborative creativity was interpreted by a ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILE

Fresh Sound Records and the Legacy of Recorded Jazz

Read "Fresh Sound Records and the Legacy of Recorded Jazz" reviewed by Bruce Klauber

If the importance and the contributions of jazz are measured by its recorded legacy, then Fresh Sound Records--and its founder, Jordi Pujol--must be duly recognized for rescuing a legacy that might otherwise be lost or nearly impossible to find, and for making it available to the public.Specifically, this legacy includes recorded works by saxophonist ...

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Washington, DC Event Celebrates 50 Years Of Samba And Bossa Nova

Washington, DC Event Celebrates 50 Years Of Samba And Bossa Nova

The landmark album Jazz Samba was recorded at All Souls Unitarian Church in 1962 and changed the sonic landscape forever. Fronted by guitarist Charlie Byrd and saxophonist Stan Getz, the album rose to No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart where it remained for 70 weeks! The recording introduced millions of music lovers world wide to ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Bridge Presents Miss Justine at the Cheltenham Art Center on May 4th

To close out the 2010/2011 Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts Series in Cheltenham, jazz vocalist Miss Justine will be appearing at the Cheltenham Art Center, 439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham, PA on May 4th with pianist Tom Lawton, guitarist Gerald “Twig" Smith and bassist Lee Smith. Miss Justine Keeys recorded two highly regarded CD's in the past decade—Tasty ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

In Memory of Keter Betts

Read "In Memory of Keter Betts" reviewed by Eric M. Brewington

While not the most prominent instrument in jazz, the bass is one of its most essential elements. In a jazz quintet, one of the responsiblities of the bass is to help drive the rhythm section steadily forward while keeping the music interesting. All of this is done in an effort to support the soloist and make ...


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