“MR. TROMBONE,” HAROLD BETTERS, is a remarkable man who has enjoyed a career spanning over four decades and is admired and respected by fellow musicians, friends, and fans nation-wide.
A native of Connellsville, Pennsylvania, he credits his success to his parents who owned and operated one of the area’s hottest jazz spots.
He performed at THE ENCORE in Shadyside for so many years, it became known as “The House that Betters Built.” His appearances at renowned nightspots are too numerous to mention, but a few include Pittsburgh’s HOLIDAY HOUSE, Shaker Heights VIRGINIAN, Cleveland’s THEATRICAL GRILL, and THE CABANA CLUB’s Nero’s Nook in Palo Alto, California.
With over a dozen albums and CD’s to his credit, Harold can be heard on jazz radio stations and in many area clubs. He continues to be a favorite of sports fans by playing regularly at PITTSBURGH STEELER games.
Harold has performed with Louis Armstrong who described his sound as “rich and honest.” Other musicians he has worked with include Al Hirt, Slide Hampton, Ramsey Lewis, and Urbie Green. The Harold Betters Quartet toured with Ray Charles and appeared with comedian, Dick Gregory, at New York’s Apollo Theater.