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Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas
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CMU & Pitt grad. Lived on Hill in 50s. Spend most of art & music life in Pittsburgh. I am on the Guild Council of Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts representing of Women of Visions. Other Center guilds I belong to are Group A and the Society of Sculptors.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Lou Schreiber, Etta Cox, Dwayne Dolphin, Harold Betters, Lou Stellute, Roger Humphries, Al Dowe, Tim Stevens, Tim Jenkins, Chuck Austin, Nelson Harrison, James Johnson, Luther DeJarunett, Tony Campbell, Kenny Blake, Sandy Staley, Don Aliquo, Sean Jones, Dave Pellow, Howie Alexander, Greg Humphries, Michelle Benson, Donna Bailey
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
WESA
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
CJ's and James Street
About Me:
I'm Betty Douglas. I was inducted into the Beaver Valley Musicians (local 82-545, AFM) Hall of Fame in 2003. I am also on the local's board of directors. I am a regular in the "Sweet Jazz" series at Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley. I do lecture/performance gigs for colleges and other organizations around the region. I am also a widely exhibited, prize-winning visual artist. I am a member of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce and the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce.
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PERSONA NON GRATA at James Street

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PERSONA NON GRATA I have been unceremoniously banished and denied any possibility of performing again at a well-known Pittsburgh jazz club. WHY? Because, as a board member of Local 82-545 AFM (American Federation of Musicians) I attempted to negotiate fair payment (union scale) for my players for a gig I was offered there. I described its paltry offer as tantamount to exploitation and received this response "Your remarks are way out of line... As the owner of James Street, I will not book…

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Inspirosity Gallery presents VITA, a solo show of art works by Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas

Posted on April 27, 2009 at 11:14pm 0 Comments

VITA, a comprehensive show and sale of art works in a variety of media by Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglaswill be presented by Inspirosity Art Gallery, 594 3rd St., Beaver, PA, with a gala opening reception on May 16, 8 pm. You are cordially invited to make this premiere event the centerpiece of that weekend.

Artists Talk at "Re-Instrumentation" Exhibit, Moxie Dada Gallery

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas, Thomas Brunger and Shannon Kuhns will discuss their work, sculptures made from discarded parts of musical instruments, on Saturday, April 25 at 4 pm. Would love to see anyone who has the time and inclination to participate in bringing this month-long show to a great close. MoxieDada is located in the Old Fire House at 1416 Arch St., NorthSide Pittsburgh

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At 6:27am on March 10, 2014, Byron G. Curtis said…

Jazzy Lady

to Elizabeth (Betty) Asche Douglas

fourth draft, March 9, 2014

 

Her face—engrained in walnut hues.

Her tones—the strains of jazz and blues.

Her tune she scats to the sax-man’s cues.

She lilts, she shouts, she growls, she coos.

 

She slings a note; it swings askew.

It stings—and then she sings it true.

And true’s the Tale, though black and bruised,

for bluesin’ pays its Gospel dues.

 

Her rhythms rise and writhe and rhyme;

She syncopates in dotted time;

and justice, grace, and peace entwine:

her vining themes ply line by line.

 

It’s hard, when young, to sing the blues.

She’s wrung the years in prayer and pew,

and placed her bets, and lost a few,

and dug the ashes for the clues.

 

So mix the sorrow with the song,

and hope tomorrow shall belong

to flights of sparrows waxing strong,                     

when God sets right a world so wrong.

At 2:14pm on August 21, 2012, buce turek said…

ebad......... who's your accompanist?

At 12:44am on November 22, 2011, Jere B said…

Hello Sister Betty, I had a great time meeting and talking with you this past Saturday at Kevin Amos' "Each One Reach One" - I am enjoying your DVD and looking forward to speaking with you again soon - Remember SounDoctrine @ CJs this Saturday at 8PM!!

At 12:12am on January 15, 2011, orban julia said…
At 12:12am on January 15, 2011, orban julia said…
At 11:50pm on October 8, 2010, Ricco J.L.Martello said…
I am so sorry I missed your performance on the 2nd however I was in Washington Dc for the NAACP march on Washington on the 2nd
At 12:03am on April 16, 2010, The Brian Edwards Excursion said…
Hello!
It is great to see you!! I will officially be back the first week of June. I have new music, new direction, and so much to share with not just Pgh but the world! And all coming out of Pittsburgh!!!! Anyway, look forward to seeing you soon! Stay tuned to the page as I bring it to life.
Peace Be With you,
Brian
At 1:31am on September 3, 2009, Brother Black said…
Betty,
Thanks for being my Jazz Buddy !
You sound great !!
BB
At 11:42pm on August 8, 2009, patricia Joyce Zimmerman said…
Betty,
Thanks so much for the invite, I got terribly lost and was so frustrated I just went back home. So sorry I missed it, I will make a point to know exactly where I'm going the next time. You had a fantastic evening.
I'm sure you were more than outstanding.......as usual!
Congrats!

Patricia
At 3:27pm on April 21, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
It was nice to meet you at the Jazz Marathon. Your show was great.

Best Wishes,

Kennard

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