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Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Harold Betters!

Westmoreland Museum of American Art has an event on the third Thursday every month from September through June. The Westmoreland Jazz Society meets for a jazz performance, and it is an all pro event every time. Last week it was Uncle Harold and his Quartet, and he is always SRO.
Harold doing his Ray Charles!
He is Uncle Harold because his niece, Carol, works with my husband and that's how it always goes. "Hey! Uncle Harold is performing at the (museum, vineyard). Want to come?". "OK."On this particular night there were several additional guests to celebrate Harold's 83rd birthday (today).Harold has performed with Louis Armstrong who described his sound as "rich and honest." Other musicians he has worked with include Al Hirt, Slide Hampton, Ramsey Lewis, and Urbie Green. The Harold Betters Quartet toured with Ray Charles and appeared with comedian, Dick Gregory, at New York's Apollo Theater. He has guested on several television shows including "The Tonight Show," "Merv Griffin," and "Mike Douglas," as well as on local TV programs in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and San Francisco. Recognized by the Playboy Jazz Poll as one of the best trombonists in the country, and as "Mr. Versatility" by Downbeat Magazine, he has also been named "Man of the Year in Music" by the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce.
More of Harold's Bio from the museum link. http://www.wmuseumaa.org/museum/getjazzevent.cfm?ID=42Westmoreland Jazz Society link.
Happy Birthday Uncle Harold!


Lois Evensen said...

What a performance and what a resume!!!! Thanks for sharing.

angelo said...

Harold, love you,MAN. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Saw and heard you every Saturday Night at the ENCORE. That was 1968! Didn't everyboby have fun!! Place was always solid with people. There will never be another place or performance like HAROLD BETTERS AT
Connie & Angelo Cafaro

Deere Driver said...

Angelo- I am trying to make sure Harold gets your message through his niece. Thanks for stopping by!