Bettye Miller & Milt Abel

Bettye Miller & Milt Abel

Bettye Miller and Milt Abel, a husband and wife musical duo, reigned over the Kansas City jazz scene from the 1950s through the 1970s. 

Miller and Abel first met in 1953 at the Horseshoe Lounge at 32nd St. and Troost Ave., where they continued to perform regularly for 10 years. 

They went on to entertain audiences at other venues locally and nationally. After Miller’s death in 1977, Abel continued to perform for nearly 30 years, sometimes accompanied by his son from his second marriage, Milton junior, or by Miller’s daughter from her first marriage, Bettyejo.