William "Keter" Betts

[Picture Above: On October 7, 1953, Keter Betts and Mildred “Pinky” Grady were married in Rev. Adam Clayton Powell’s Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. The maid of honor (pictured far right) was blues diva Dina Washington.]

William “Keter” Betts

A world renowned bassist most notably known for his 24 years with Ella Fitzgerald. He has toured with such artists as Dinah Washington, Charlie Byrd, Joe Williams, and Louie Bellson. For the past 25 years, he has devoted his time to various Washington area educational programs, among them – Washington Performing Arts Society’s Concerts in schools, Wolf Trap’s Headstart program, and Prince George’s County’s Arts Alive as well as a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Big Band and contributor to their Jazz programs. He is an inductee into the Washington Area Music Association’s Hall of Fame, as well as the recipient of the Linowes Leadership Award from the Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region. He can be heard on over 100 jazz albums and has recently completed two self-released compact discs.