Betty Carter

By: Megan Blackmon

Basic Facts

  • Born: May 16, 1929
  • Died: September 26, 1998
  • Place of Birth: Flint, MI
  • Occupation: Betty Carter was a American jazz singer known for her improvisational technique, scatting and other complex musical abilities that demonstrated her vocal talent and imaginative interpretation of lyrics and melodies.


  • Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female

Did you know?

  • Betty Carter died of Pancreatic Cancer- Cancer that begins in the organ lying behind the lower part of the stomach

Character Trait

  • Very creative and very imagitive

Be Inspired

The most effective of the old-school jazz leaders were pragmatists who established an instrumental or vocal style that their colleagues emulated. Proteges learned by playing in that tradition.