B is for Betty Carter. Betty’s career spanned nearly 6 decades. She worked with some of the greatest names in jazz music and she was instrumental in establishing the Kennedy Center’s Jazz Ahead program. Carmen McRae once said “there’s really only one jazz singer – only one: Betty Carter.” Here is Betty performing “Amazon.” I chose it because You Tube says this is one of her last taped performances; t’s got one of those bleeding heart liberal messages that I like so much; and it’s a fantastic song.
Betty is truly a legend in jazz and I have never once posted a video of hers here. Shame on me!