R.I.P. Keter Betts

Sigh.  Keter Betts died.  77 years old.  He was an
upright bass player who is renowned for playing with THE jazz greats —
he was a “great” himself but sidemen tend to not find their way to the
same echelons of fame — and
lynchpin of the Washington, DC area.  Coincidentally, I was
flipping through channels the other day and landed on BET Jazz. 
They happened to be showing a performance with Christopher Holliday
(who disappeared from the public eye after 1992 or so) and Marcus
Roberts. 

The strange thing is that I was there when they recorded
it.  I think it was in 1992.  Can’t remember exactly.  I
was in the audience (which doesn’t appear on camera) in the
studio watching them record the episode and got their autographs. 
I don’t remember who the drummer was but Keter Betts was on bass. 
I didn’t know who he was at the time.

So another bastion of jazz and overall musicianship passes along. 
There’s a good Washington Post article.  Thanks to Kirk Tamura for
passing along this info.

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