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Posted at 6:15 PM ET, 08/10/2005

Paying Tribute to Keter Betts

By Fritz Hahn

Local jazz legend Keter Betts was scheduled to play at the Westminster Presbyterian Church's weekly concert on Friday night. Sadly, Betts, who spent years playing bass with Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd, passed away Saturday. He was 77. To honor Betts's memory, the concert is being turned into a tribute, featuring saxophonist Buck Hill, bassist Michael Bowie, pianist Robert Redd and drummer Harold Mann. (The latter two were regular members of Betts's trio.) The jazz lasts from 6 to 9, and there's a $5 cover. Skip your dinner plans and get something to eat at the church -- a dinner served in the basement from 6 to 8:30 includes fried fish, chicken, veggies and dessert. If you can't stay for the full three hours, you're welcome to just drop in for a while; but you probably won't want to leave.

-- Fritz

(This post is excerpted from the Nightlife Agenda column.)

By Fritz Hahn  | August 10, 2005; 6:15 PM ET
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