"Keter" Betts

William Thomas "Keter" Betts was born on July 22, 1928 in Port Chester, New York. After learning the drums at the age of 6, he began his training on the bass during his sophomore year of high school under the tutelage of bassist Arthur Miller. In 1947 Keter came to Washington D.C. where he played a legendary circuit that included the 7th & T Club, Abarts Jazz Club, and the Showboat Lounge. In his 60 year career, Keter appeared on more than 100 recordings with Fitzgerald, Flanagan, Getz, Byrd, Dinah Washington, Clifford Brown, Count Basie, Bobby Timmons, Louis Bellson, Sam Jones, Nat Adderly, Wes Montgomery, and many others. As a bassist, he had flawless technique, a distinctive tone, and the ability to serve both as a steady timekeeper and a compelling soloist. In addition to his performing accomplishments - most notably his 24 years with Ella Fitzgerald and his contributions on the historic “Jazz Samba” recording - Keter spent many later years as an educator, lecturing at Howard University, performing at Wolf Trap's Head Start Program, the Washington Performing Arts Society's Concerts in Schools and the Prince George's County's Arts Alive Program.

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