Betty Glamann

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Betty Glamann Voorhees (May 21, 1923 – September 3, 1990) was an American jazz harpist. She was born in Wellington, Kansas.

Glamann learned to play harp at the age of ten. She attended a conservatory and was the harpist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for three years. She played with Spike Jones in 1948, founded the Smith-Glamann Quintet in 1955, played with Duke Ellington and Marian McPartland around 1955 and then with Oscar Pettiford during 1957-58. With Kenny Dorham's band she recorded the album Jazz Contrasts in 1957. In 1958 she was involved in a Michel Legrand recording session with John Coltrane and Miles Davis; she played with Eddie Costa in 1958 and with the Modern Jazz Quartet in 1960. She recorded one album under her own name, Swinging on a Harp.


As leader[edit]

  • Betty Glamann: Swinging on a Harp (Mercury, 1957)

As sidewoman[edit]