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Betty Comora

BETTY COMORA

BIOGRAPHY

 "BETTY COMORA is a versatile entertainer who enjoys performing as vocalist, pianist/vocalist, rhythm banjoist and --would you believe -- washboard player!  Other interests are song and play writing, video production and organizing fun events.  She "comes to the aid of the party" with enthusiasm and her good sense of  humor."  Arlene Corsano, writer/producer              

   After years of performing with wedding and top forty bands, she now concentrates on her favorite style of music -- the jazz of the 1920's through the 40's -- Dixieland, Swing, Ballads and Big Band. She has been featured in jazz festivals and events throughout the United States  plus London and Stockholm.

  Betty produced and promoted dozens of Jazz Concerts in NJ and NY featuring top artists including; John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Al Cohn, Ronny Whyte, Warren Vache', "The Harlem  Blues & Jazz Band", Vince Giordano's Nighthawks,  "The Speakeasy Jazz Babies" and many others. 

 Restaurateurs sought her help in building business since her position as Entertainment Co-ordinator/ Emcee /Promoter proved to be quite profitable.

   Guests on "Betty's Jazz Pix" radio show (WFDU), in the 1990's in NJ and NYC, included Dick Hyman, Ken Burns, Ed Polcer, Darryl Sherman, Jack Petersen, Cynthia Sayer,  Ruby Vinson, Vince Giordano, Bucky Pizzarelli plus others.

NJ "Entertainment Guide" wrote "There's no typecasting for this musical chameleon. One night she's a throwback to the sophisticated '40s, playing cool jazz piano and singing tunes reminiscent of Billie Holiday and Lee Wiley. The next night, bedecked in flapper dress and feather boa, she's tearing up the house with a rowdy version of 'Hard Hearted Hannah'."

   Betty Sokolow grew up in Cliffside Park, NJ, married Owen Comora and raised Michael, Cathy and David in Paramus, NJ.    She and Owen (now 'The Birdman of Myakka Park), became fulltime residents of Sarasota, Florida in 2002 . They are grandparents to Ben, Emily, Sage and Teddy.

 As Associate Producer for an award winning PBS documentary ,"Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories", she contacted and interviewed celebrities including Walter Cronkite, Cousin Brucie, John Sebastion, and many others.  Her son,David was Executive Producer and it was narrated by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. This project was a labor of love for Betty who had worked in the cotton candy concession as a teenager. Fond Memories, indeed.

 Varied life experiences came in handy when Betty became Vice President of an award-winning NYC TV Publicity firm 1989 to 1999.   She managed all finances, wined,dined and interviewed TV celebrities, wrote nationally distributed press releases -- and also slept with the President ---.(of the firm) Owen Comora Associates  (for which she was highly rewarded).

Since moving to Sarasota, some favorite acting roles are: singing "Broadway Baby" in both The Players Theater and Manatee Theater's "Sondheim's Follies",  in "Pete's Repair Shop" in both Manatee Theater and The Players Theater productions where, as "Grandma" she played piano, banjo and washboard and spoons.., plus as an Italian Grandma in comedy "Over The River and Through The Woods" with the Asolo Players and in the female version of "The Odd Couple" at The Meadow Players.

In 2007, Betty added play writing to her so-called skills. ,"PAPA", her first script (based on true life) was performed by The Meadows Players and met with great success.  She wrote and produced "Mixed Blessings?", a short film directed and filmed by Banks Helfrich. It's used in discussion groups (free) and focuses on the controversy of celebration religious holidays in public schools which excludes some youngsters.

 Betty's "Up Until Now" videos combine favorite photos with personal interviews of seniors who want a permanent way to share their lives with their kids and grandkids..Just one of the comments received via snail mail was  "We never knew the stories my Mom shared with you. We love watching her come to life on our TV"  ,Anne (CT)

   IF YOU WANT MUSIC FOR AN EVENT AND WONDER.. "Howmuchayacost?" 

She says "Howmuchayagot?"        When not doing pro bono work... Betty can provide: solo piano/vocal, duo, trio, quartet, small or full dixieland groups and a big 16 piece band.   The size of the group can shrink or stretch to fit your budget.  

                Click a sound sample on the CD page of this website.  

  For more information regarding ANYTHING --  contact Betty directly.  
   3310 Sandleheath, Sarasota, FL 34235   Telephone: 941- 378-5166    or   click here  EMAIL BETTY

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