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.
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.
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