John JB Butler guitarist , composer
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"Live in Peru" was recorded live at the Jazz Zone in Lima, Peru. It is a low fidelity, high energy recording that "...crackles with excitement" (Lynn Darroch, The Oregonian) featuring original compositions by John JB Butler. "This album(...)showcases a fast and furious sound that is vibrant and modern, the six original Butler compositions seem to pick up where hard bop and free jazz left off. The quartet creates excitement from the first downbeat." (Kyle O'Brien, Jazzscene)The band consists of some of the hottest players in the jazz world today and was described as "full of magic" by El Comercio in Peru.
JOHN BUTLER Guitarist, Composer, Teacher
"Deft Jazz Guitarist" Downbeat Magazine
John, a Fulbright Scholar in Music, is an experienced performer in the fields of Jazz, Latin, New Music and Dance. He is equally at home playing solo or with larger groups.
John began his professional career in Portland in 1975 and was active in the very busy jazz scene at that time, performing extensively with sax great Jim Pepper and legendary organist Count Dutch. He moved to N.Y. in 1981, rooming with Jim Pepper and was there less than a year before receiving an '85 gig tour of Holland and Belgium with Dutch pianist Rene Van Helsdingen.
Remaining in Holland until 1987 John recorded 2 L.P.s and was guitar instructor at the Hilversum Conservatory. At this time he performed at various festivals and clubs in Holland Belgium, Germany, Austria and Switzerland and performed regularly with the great bass player Wilbur Little.
Returning to N.Y. in 1988 John played regularly in the New York club scene as well as performing for the Young Audiences program in schools around N.Y. with his brother Ken Butler.
While performing at New Music America Festival 1988 in Miami John met Peruvian dancer Luciana Proaño, which led to regular performances in Peru as her musical director. In 1991 John received a Fulbright Grant to Peru where he performed solo concerts and taught jazz workshops in the conservatories of Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, Trujillo and Chiclayo. He also studied Afro-Peruvian music with Carlos Hayre.
In 1994 John returned to make his home base in Portland from where he has continued to perform nationally and internationally.
John has performed with:
Jack McDuff, Jim Pepper, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Beaver Harris, Wilbur Little, Billy Killson, Jeff Ballard, Dafnis Prieto, Yosvany Terry, Lionel Loeke, Ronnie Burrage,Gene Jackson, Han Bennink, Leroy Vinnegar, Mark Feldman, Glen Moore, David Friesen, Essiet Essiet, and others.
John has performed at:
Lincoln Center in N.Y.; Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; New Music America's 1988 in Miami &1990 in Montreal; Musique Action 1991 in France; Brussels Jazz Club in Belgium; International Guitar Festival in Lima Peru; NOS Festival, Camel Jazz Festival, Heinekin Jazz Festival, Bim House, in Holland; Painted Bride in Philadelphia; San Antonio Festival in Texas; American Dance Festival in N. Carolina, Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco, Cathedral Park, the Aladdin Theater and numerous venues in Portland; N.Y. clubs include Visiones, Knitting Factory, P.S. 122, Roulette, Angry Squire, 55 Bar, Zanzibar , Zinc Bar, Sweet Rhythm and others.
Available for Sale:
"Live in Peru", CD .All Butler originals with John JB Butler, guitar; Dale Barlow, alto sax; Essiet Essiet, bass; Ronnie Burrage, drums.
"Bahama Cowboy", CD. All Butler originals with John JB Butler, guitar; Essiet Essiet, bass.
For further information contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2924 SW Huber St. Portland OR 97219 / Ph- (503) 977-0620
Essiet Essiet is one of the most sought after bass players of the moment. He has performed and recorded with Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Golson, Kenny Barron, Mulgrew Miller, Al Foster, Bobby Watson, Sam Rivers, George Adams, Abdullah Ibrahim, Kevin Mahogany, Ralph Peterson, Geri Allen, Louis Hayes and the Blue Note All Stars. His career started quite young when he joined the Don Moye quartet. He also directs his own band IBO (Nigerian/Jazz) of which John Butler is a member.
Dale Barlow is considered the top saxophonist from his native Australia, where he appears regularly on television and enjoys excellent media attention. Critics have said of Barlow: "State of the art jazz" Owen Cordle Downbeat Magazine. "Overwhelming" New York Times. Dale is currently a member of Billy Cobham's band he has also performed and recorded with Art Blakey, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Sonny Stitt, Chet Baker, Gil Evans, Eddie Palmieri, Dizzy Gillespie, Jackie McLean, Ray Drummund, Billy Higgins, Lee Konitz, Mulgrew Miller, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Helen Meryl, Cindy Blackman, Ernie Watts and Eddie Henderson. Dale is also leader of his own band and has 8 CD's under his own name He is also an accomplished composer flutist, bass clarinetist, arranger and pianist and has written for ensembles, film, theater and television.
Ronnie Burrage the drummer in the ensemble, is one of the finest drummers on the scene today. A child prodigy, Ronnie performed with Duke Ellington at age 9 and with McCoy Tyner by age 18. Ronnie is listed in the Downbeat's critic's poll: "talent deserving wider recognition" in 82, 84, 86, 87. Ronnie has performed with Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Reggie Workman, Freddy Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Joe Farrell. Since 1994 he has performed on and produced over 25 CD's with his own "BAND BURRAGE" and with artists such as Sonny Fortune, Courtney Pine, Gary Thomas, World Saxophone Quartet, Dave Kikoski, Art Farmer, Billy Bang and John Hicks amongst others.