Desert Island Jazz
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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