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  • Jim Butler (2014)

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    Native Californian Jim Butler is a saxophonist and composer, and also a world traveler. Since his youth he's been playing in all styles of music, but focusing on modern and original jazz. For the past decade, he's led his group on tours of the US and Asia; they now have four recordings to their credit.

    Jim started in education, directing a big band, and teaching saxophone and jazz studies at the University of North Florida. He has a doctorate in music from the University of Texas at Austin, and during his time in Texas he was a frequent sideman, appearing with Mel Tormé, Crystal Gayle, the Drifters, Rosemary Clooney, among others.

    A former student of David Liebman, Jim loves to travel. He was the lead alto player with for the US Air Force Band for almost 20 years, touring to North & South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. He's done shows with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Bob Mintzer, Ed Shaughnessy, Jim McNeely, and many others. As Director of the USAF's Commanders Jazz Ensemble, Jim led the group in tours throughout the Western United States.

    More than a few musicians are bi-coastal, but Jim does them one better: he's trans-Pacific, with bases in Tokyo, Japan, and here in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 John Patticucci Communion Choro Luoco Concord
    # 2 Ricky Sweum More Than Imaginable Earth Squid Ninjazz Records
    # 3 Kenny Garrett Pursuance Dear Lord Warner Bros
    # 4 Tim Ries Stones World—The Rolling Stones Project II Under My Thumb Sunnyside
    # 5 Steve Heckman Born to Be Blue Alone Together Jazzed Media
    # 6 Jaleel Shaw The Soundtrack of Things to Come The Wheel of Life Changu
    # 7 Anton Schwartz Flash Mob Flash Mob Anton Jazz
    Book Daniel Defoe, "Robinson Crusoe"
    Luxury Item A breadmaker
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    Chris Amberger
    23 Jun
    Gerald Beckett
    01 Sep
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Jarrett Cherner
    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Mike Galisatus
    03 Nov
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
    Tamir Hendelman
    13 Oct
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Dan Montgomery
    06 Oct
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Jayn Pettingill
    17 Nov
    John Pizzarelli
    25 Aug
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    Don Randi
    20 Oct
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    Eric Whittington
    29 Sep
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
    02 Jun