I learned of the death of British saxophonist, clarinetist, and singer Betty Smith from Jim Denham — whose blog is SHIRAZ SOCIALIST — a good friend although we’ve never met. Here’s his posting — http://shirazsocialist.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/betty-smith-6-july-1929-21-jan-2011/ and the obituary written for THE INDEPENDENT by Steve Voce, someone who knew and loved the musicians of that generation all over the world:
She was a fine player — although (like Kathy Stobart) not well-known in the larger circles of “jazz scholarship.” But Bobby Hackett seems to be happy to be on the same stage with her.
“OH, CLICK ME!” SAYS THE LINK. AND ALL THE MONEY COLLECTED GOES TO THE MUSICIANS!