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Bassist Keter Betts Dies at Age 77

Bassist Keter Betts, who played on over 200 recordings and spent much of his later years promoting jazz education and teaching, died Saturday of an undetermined cause at his home in Silver Spring, Md. He was 77.

Betts was considered one of the era’s great bassists – “on the top plateau of all the bass players,” according to trumpeter Clark Terry. He played in bands with Oscar Peterson, Tommy Flanigan, Woody Herman, Nat Adderley, Joe Pass, Clifford Brown and Vince Guaraldi and recorded with artists including Charlie Byrd, Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald.

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