March 18, 2015

Keter Betts Photo Exhbition Debuts in Silver Spring

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) has announced the world premiere of an exhibition of photographic works by the late internationally renowned jazz bassist – and Silver Spring resident -- Keter Betts to be held Friday, March 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery & Music Room in the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place.

Bassically Yours: The Jazz Photography of Keter Betts will remain on display at the gallery through May 29. The exhibition features historic portraits of notable musicians, singers and other important figures of the Greater Washington jazz scene of the 1950s and 1960s.

AHCMC has mounted the exhibition in cooperation with Keter Betts daughter, Jennifer Betts, who hopes it will bring increased awareness to her father’s vast contributions to jazz music. Known for his long stint with Ella Fitzgerald, William Thomas “Keter” Betts was also a major contributor to the Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz' “Jazz Samba” album, which introduced American jazz audiences to the sounds of bossa-nova in 1962.