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Betty Carter

Once dubbed "Betty Bebop", Betty Carter (1930-98) combined a smoky voice with scat and free-range improvisation to reinvent standard tunes as edge-of-your seat adventures. Geoffrey Smith celebrates a jazz diva in a class by
herself.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Lionel Hampton

    The Hucklebuck

    • The Lionel Hampton Story: Disc 4 - Midnight Sun.
    • Proper.
    • 19.
  • Betty Carter

    You're Driving Me Crazy

    • Betty Carter's Finest Hour.
    • Verve.
    • 1.
  • Ray Charles and Betty Carter & Charles, Ray And Betty Carter

    Baby It's Cold Outside

    • THE DEFINITIVE RAY CHARLES.
    • WSM/ATLANTIC/RHINO.
    • 23.
  • Betty Carter

    Tight

    • Betty Carter's Finest Hour.
    • VERVE.
    • 5.
  • Betty Carter

    I Could Write A Book

    • Betty Carter's Finest Hour.
    • Verve.
    • 8.
  • Betty Carter

    Everything I Have Is Yours

    • The Audience with Betty Carter.
    • Verve.
    • 4.
  • Betty Carter

    The Trolley Song

    • Betty Carter's Finest Hour.
    • Verve.
    • 7.
  • Betty Carter

    Open The Door

    • Betty Carter's Finest Hour.
    • Verve.
    • 6.
  • Betty Carter and Carmen McRae & Betty Carter

    It Don't Mean A Thing

    • Betty Carter's Finest Hour.
    • Verve.
    • 11.
  • Betty Carter

    If I Should Lose You

    • Feed the Fire.
    • Verve.
    • 6.
  • Betty Carter

    In The Still of The Night

    • Betty Carter's Finest Hour.
    • Verve.
    • 14.
  • Betty Carter

    Make Him Believe

    • It's Not About the Melody.
    • Verve.
    • 3.

Performers:

Title: The Hucklebuck
Artist: Lionel Hampton
Composers: Gibson/Alfred
Album Title: The Lionel Hampton Story: Disc 4 - Midnight Sun
Label: Proper Catalogue No: P-1148
Duration: 03’05
Performers: Ed Mullens, Wendell Culley, Leo Shephard, Walter Williams, trumpet; Al Grey, Chips Outcalt, Lester Bass, Jimmy Wormick, trombone; Bobby Plater, Johnny Board, alto
saxophone; John Sparrow, Billy Williams, tenor saxophone; Ben Kynard, bass saxophone; Lionel Hampton, vibraphone; France Gadison, piano; Wes Montgomery, guitar; Roy Johnson, bass; Earl Walker, drums; Betty Carter, vocals.

Title: You're Driving Me Crazy
Artist: Betty Carter
Composers: Walter Donaldson
Album Title: Betty Carter's Finest Hour
Label: Verve Catalogue No: 5897782
Duration: 01’44
Performers: Ray Copeland, Kenny Dorham, trumpet; Melba Liston, trombone; Gigie Gryce, Jimmy Powell, alto saxophone; Benny Golson, tenor saxophone; Sahib Shihab, baritone saxophone; Wynton Kelly, piano; Sam Jones, bass; Specs Wright, drums.

Title: Baby It’s Cold Outside
Artist: Ray Charles and Betty Carter
Composers: Loesser
Album Title: Ray Charles and Betty Carter
Label: Avid Catalogue No: AMSC 1132
Duration: 04’05
Performers: David ‘Fathead’ Newman, tenor saxophone; Jack Halloran Singers, background vocals; Ray Charles, vocals; Betty Carter, vocals.

Title: Tight
Artist: Betty Carter
Composers: Betty Carter
Album Title: Betty Carter’s Finest Hour
Label: Verve Catalogue No: 5897782
Duration: 01’32
Performers: Danny Mixon, piano; Buster Williams, bass; Chip Lyles, drums.

Title: I Could Write a Book
Artist: Betty Carter
Composers: Rodgers/Hart
Album Title: Betty Carter’s Finest Hour
Label: Verve Catalogue No: 5897782
Duration: 03’21
Performers: John Hicks, piano; Curtis Lundy, bass; Kenny Washington, drums.

Title: Everything I Have Is Yours
Artist: Betty Carter
Composers: Adamson/Lane
Album Title: The Audience with Betty Carter
Label: Verve Catalogue No: 835-684-2
Duration: 6’10
Performers: John Hicks, piano; Curtis Lundy, bass; Kenneth Washington, drums

Title: The Trolley Song
Artist: Betty Carter
Composers: Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane
Album Title: Betty Carter's Finest Hour
Label: Verve Catalogue No: 5897782
Duration: 03’31
Performers: John Hicks, piano; Curtis Lundy, bass; Kenny Washington, drums.

Title: Open The Door
Artist: Betty Carter
Composers: Betty Carter
Album Title: Betty Carter's Finest Hour
Label: Verve Catalogue No: 5897782
Duration: 05’03
Performers: John Hicks, piano; Curtis Lundy, bass; Kenny Washington, drums.

Title: It Don't Mean A Thing
Artist: Betty Carter and Carmen McRae
Composers: Ellington/Mills
Album Title: Betty Carter's Finest Hour
Label: Verve Catalogue No: 5897782
Duration: 06’08
Performers: Eric Gunnison, piano; Jim Hughart, bass; Winard Harper, drums; Carmen McRae, vocals; Betty Carter, vocals.

Title: If I Should Lose You
Artist: Betty Carter
Composers: Grainger/Robin
Album Title: Feed the Fire
Label: Verve Catalogue No: 523-600-2
Duration: 06’24
Performers: Geri Allen, piano; Dave Holland, bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums; Betty Carter, vocals.

Title: In the Still of the Night
Artist: Betty Carter
Composers: Cole Porter
Album Title: Betty Carter's Finest Hour
Label: Verve Catalogue No: 5897782
Duration: 04’04
Performers: Cyrus Chesnut, piano; Ariel J. Roland, bass; Lewis Nash, drums.

Title: Make Him Believe
Artist: Betty Carter
Composers: Betty Carter
Album Title: It's Not About the Melody
Label: Verve Catalogue No: 513-870-2
Duration: 05’00
Performers: Cyrus Chesnut, piano; Ariel J. Roland, bass; Clarence Penn, drums

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