Harry Betts

Oct 1 • In Memoriam

Harry Betts
(1922 – 2012)

Harry Betts (born 15 September 1922) was a jazz composer and trombonist. Born in New York and raised in Fresno, California, he was active as a jazz trombonist and played with Stan Kenton’s orchestra[1] in the 1950s, among others. His trombone can be heard on the 1959 Verve album by Ella Fitzgerald, Get Happy!.

He wrote and orchestrated soundtracks for several films, including The Fantastic Plastic Machine and Nice Dreams. Music from his 1972 soundtrack to Black Mama, White Mama was used in the 2003 soundtrack for Kill Bill, Volume 1.

Aside from his work in scoring, he is known for his 1962 album, The Jazz Soul of Doctor Kildare. He has done numerous arrangements for singer Jack Jones.

Harry Betts, c. 1947

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