|Born||March 21, 1928|
|Died||October 11, 2020(aged 92)|
|Genres||Jazz, funk, easy listening|
Harold Betters (March 21, 1928 – October 11, 2020) was an American jazz trombone player.
Early life and education
Born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, Betters was raised in Pittsburgh. While growing up, Betters' parents owned the Betters’ Grill and Hotel. Betters studied music education at Ithaca College for two years before being drafted into the United States Army during World War II. After the war ended, Betters studied at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for a year.
In 1952, Betters moved to Boston, where he met his wife, Marjorie. He toured with Dick Gregory and with the Ray Charles big band, playing at the Apollo Theatre. Thereafter, he led his own quartet which included pianist John Thomas and Jerry Betters on drums.
In the early 1960s, Betters returned to Pittsburgh with his family, where he worked as a session musician and performed at the Crawford Grill with Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Roy Eldridge, and Sonny Rollins. Betters also performed in a group with his two brothers.
Betters died on October 11, 2020 at the age of 92.
- At the Encore (Gateway, 1962)
- Takes Off (Gateway, 1963)
- Even Better (Gateway, 1964)
- Meets Slide Hampton (Gateway, 1964)
- The Big Horn (H.B. Records)
- Swingin' on the Railroad (Gateway, 1965)
- Ram-bunk-shush (Reprise, 1965)
- Do Anything You Wanna (Gateway, 1966)
- Out of Sight and Sound (Reprise, 1966)
- Funk City Express (Reprise, 1966)
- Jazz Showcase (Gateway, 1977)
- With Friends, Live in New York (2001)
- "Obituary: Harold Betters, known as 'Mr. Trombone,' dies at 92". Pittsburgh Gazette. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
- Schachner, Robert W., Harold Betters, Live at the Encore. Gateway GLP. [liner notes]
- "Obituary: Harold Betters, known as 'Mr. Trombone,' dies at 92". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 13, 2020.