AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Time: November 22, 2013 from 6:15pm to 9pm
Location: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood
Street: 7101 Hamilton Avenue
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Event Type: film
Organized By: Sabira Bushra
Latest Activity: Nov 21, 2013
But Then, She's Betty Carter
“There is only one jazz singer, only one: Betty Carter” – Carmen McCrae
Michele Parkerson’s documentary on the life and music of Betty Carter, But Then, She's Betty Carter has everything going for it in the talent of the black jazz vocalist herself.
She not only is an accomplished singer, she had the wisdom and perseverance to stay with her vision of herself in the face of both gender and racial prejudice, which always cuts to the pocketbook as well as the heart.
She says, "Getting someone to understand what kind of business you're in, what you have to do to stay in it, and what it means to you....I think that's very hard for men to accept." A sign of Carter's wisdom and patience is that most gifted women who suffered as she did would have said the same thing in scathing terms.
Carter was discovered by Lionel Hampton when he and his band were in Detroit (his band included Charlie Mingus and Wes Montgomery at the time). She was standing up watching the band, scatting along with the music, and more than ready to jump in and begin her career "big time." Yet the future was to bring her problems with major record companies and undeserved obscurity because she held to her ideals of doing something more with her talent.
This documentary highlights her 30-year career with the music she sings, still photographs of herself and other jazz musicians, and reminiscences shared with friends.