Harry Betts

Born September 15, 1922
New York

Died July 13, 2012 (aged 89)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, arranger
Instruments Trombone

Harry Betts (15 September 1922 – 13 July 2012) was a jazz trombonist.

Born in New York and raised in Fresno, California, he was active as a jazz trombonist and played with Stan Kenton’s orchestrain the 1950s.[2] He can be heard on the album Get Happy! (Verve, 1959) by Ella Fitzgerald.

He has written and orchestrated soundtracks for several films, including A Swingin’ Summer (1965), The Big Mouth (1967), A Time for Dying (1969), The Fantastic Plastic Machine (1969), Goodnight, My Love (1972), Black Mama White Mama (1972), Little Cigars (1973) and Nice Dreams (1981). Music from his score 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 did numerous arrangements for singer Jack Jones.


As sideman

With Elmer Bernstein

The Man with the Golden Arm (Decca, 1956)
With Bobby Darin

Venice Blue (Capitol)
With Fred Katz

Folk Songs for Far Out Folk (Warner Bros., 1958)
With Stan Kenton

Stan Kenton’s Milestones (Capitol, 1943–47 [1950])
Encores (Capitol, 1947)
A Presentation of Progressive Jazz (Capitol, 1947)
Innovations in Modern Music (Capitol, 1950)
Stan Kenton Presents (Capitol, 1950)
This Modern World (Capitol, 1953)
The Kenton Era (Capitol, 1940–54, [1955])
The Innovations Orchestra (Capitol, 1950–51 [1997])
With Barney Kessel

Carmen (Contemporary, 1959)
With Shorty Rogers

Cool and Crazy (RCA Victor, 1953)
Shorty Rogers Courts the Count (RCA Victor, 1954)
Jazz Waltz (Reprise, 1962)
With Pete Rugolo

Introducing Pete Rugolo (Columbia, 1954)
Adventures in Rhythm (Columbia, 1954)
Rugolomania (Columbia, 1955)
Rugolo Plays Kenton (EmArcy, 1958)
10 Trombones Like 2 Pianos (Mercury, 1960)

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