Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)


The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County presents a world premiere of photographic works by internationally renowned jazz bassist Keter Betts features historic portraits of notable musicians, singers, and other important figures of the Greater Washington jazz scene of 1950’s and 1960’s. Also included in the exhibition are photographs from the collection of JazzTimes Magazine by award winning jazz photographer Jimmy Katz. Bassically Yours: The Jazz Photography of Keter Betts will remain on view through the end of May.



A Special Performance of The Herman Burney Trio
featuring Herman Burney, Reginald Cyntje & Victor Provost

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 6pm

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Exhibition Lecture - Bassist Herman Burney in Conversation with Willard Jenkins
Thursday, May 14, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
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Lunchtime Exhibition Tour
Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 12:00pm 

AHCMC curator Amina Cooper will lead a guided tour of the exhibition

Bass Choir Performance featuring Herman Burney, James King, & Victor Dvoskin
Thursday, April 16, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm

This special performance of todays leading jazz bassist will highlight a special panel, moderated by AHCMC CEO Suzan Jenkins, discussing the impact and legacy of Keter Betts.

These free and public events will be held at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room. 


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.


JazzTimes magazine was founded in 1970 by former record-store owner and jazz drummer Ira Sabin. It began as the “Radio Free Jazz” newsletter, created by Sabin to update the shoppers at his Washington DC record store, Sabin’s Discount Records, on the latest jazz releases and provide jazz radio programmers with a means of communicating with the industry. Today, the award-winning JazzTimes provides in-depth coverage of the jazz scene, profiles on jazz stars new and established, and reviews of performances and new releases.


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