• Bio

    "One of the most versatile performers on the scene today, Pianist Betty Liste is equally at home on the concert stage, playing the imperishable American Standards at sophisticated supper clubs, or leading a jazz group in a Greenwich Village club. This master musician creates a delightfully spirited and elegant ambiance wherever she is called upon to display her distinctive piano style." B. McGurn.

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  • Betty has performed in New York City and throughout the United States and Canada as a solo pianist, and as a member of duos, trios and bands.

    For the past five years, Betty and her band have been heard and seen weekly, at the beautiful and historic Stony Hill Inn (NJ).
    She has also been conducting the Vocal Jam Session at the Trumpets Jazz Club for several years.

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  • Betty studied with jazz piano master Kenny Barron. She then began playing in little Greenwich Village clubs. That was in 1979. Her playing has been described as "tasteful, smoothly swinging, richly melodic, vibrant, having consummate feeling, alluring artistry, and eloquent. " And Betty herself has been described as an engaging performer, who has the ability to 'energize' her audience.

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  • Betty taught jazz piano, functional piano and ear training at Montclair State University for 8 years. She also started a children's piano program there.
    She has taught at other local colleges, including William Paterson University and Manhattan College.

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  • Besides her regular performances and gigs, Betty has appeared at numerous festivals, clubs and concerts---everywhere from Lincoln Center, Shanghai Jazz Club, The Jazz Vespers at St. Peters Church (NYC), all the way north to the Montreal Jazz Festival, and west to the Carmel Valley Ranch.
    Through the years, Betty has performed with many wonderful musicians. Among the many are: Harry Leahey, Billy Hart, Stanley Jordan, Ted Curson, Eliot Zigmund, Jamil Nasser, Richie Cole, to name a few. She recently had the pleasure of accompanying noted vocalist Mark Murphy at a benefit for Haitian relief.

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  • In 2006, Betty recorded a CD, "PENSIVE MOMENTS", with Ted Curson (known for his work with Charles Mingus and many others) , bassist Kevin McCarthy, and drummer Billy Hart, who has played with everyone from Miles Davis to Herbie Hancock.

  • Her latest CD, "JAZZ VENTURES, pure communications", will be released in March, 2010.

  • More information available at:
    Bettyliste@aol.com