Betty “Be-Bop” Carter (Born: May 16, 1929 – Reborn: September 26, 1998) was an American jazz icon who was renowned for her improvisational technique and idiosyncratic vocal style. Carmen McRae once claimed that “there’s really only one jazz singer – only one: Betty Carter.”
Carter was born Lillie Mae Jones in Flint, Michigan and grew up in Detroit, where her father led a church choir. She studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory. She won a talent contest and became a regular on the local club circuit, singing and playing piano. When she was 16, she sang with Charlie Parker, and she later performed with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis.
I had the pleasure of meeting Betty in her friend’s apartment in Detroit.. I presented her an original portrait of herself that she was fond of. That was a very happy moment in my life.
18×24 Primacolor Pencil on Off-white Archival Paper.
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