Famous Creative Women Quotations from . . .

Betty Carter
(1929-1998) born on
May 16
US jazz singer. "She began her career as a be-bop and scat singer by winning amateur night at the Apollo; worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles and Charlie Parker."

"If it wasn't for [pimps, prostitutes, hustlers, gangsters, and gamblers] there wouldn't be no jazz! They supported the club owners who bought the music. It wasn't the middle-class people who said "Let's go hear Charlie Parker tonight.""

"This is our culture, and I don't care who the musician is, if he avoids black people, then he is scared of something. He doesn't have confidence in himself or else he doesn't believe in what he's doing."
"You can do anything you want to do, if you know what to do."
"After me there are no more jazz singers . . . It's a crime that no little singer is back there sockin' it to me in my field. To keep it going, to keep it alive, because I'm not going to live forever."
"If you're sitting in that audience ready to figllt me from the very beginning, I'm going to have a hard time getting to you. But if you've got a heart at all, I'm going to get it."


Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F:  "In "Jazz Forum," Jan 1979."
R: "1972 interview by Arthur Taylor; in "Notes and Tones," 1977."
A: From a collection of quotations found on the Internet.
N: "In "Notes and Tones.""
K: ""Books and Art," by Nat Hentoff, 14 Sep 1979."

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