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
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.