JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2007 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Bettye Lavette

We ran into Dick Storms and Jeff Spevak as we were coming out of the church and they highly recommended Bettye Lavette over at Harro so stopped in. The band played some ridiculous intro numbers without her giving no clue as what she would sound like - that's why they call them "back-up" musicians. Bettye has been around and she sounds it. That's a good thing. She was bluesy and soulful and she sang her old songs like she was just starting out. She is the real deal and the band backed her liked pros. She put soul into Dolly Parton and Lucinda Williams numbers and the slower it got the better she sounded. - photo by P Doddy - click photo to advance > next