31 October

Gapplegate Guitar and Bass: Johnny Butler, Raise it Up

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Grego Applegate Edwards Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Tuesday, October 21, 2014 “Saxman Johnny Butler returns with an EP Raise it Up. This is music that works because there is edgy conviction. It’s real and comes from the soul. It combines avant jazz, an electricity, rap and hip-hop elements. There’s a bit of soul-rap vocalizing. There’s […]

12 August

One Track Mind: Johnny Butler, “Macaroni Dip” (2014)

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August 9, 2014 S. Victor Aaron Something Else! “Earlier this year, outlier saxophonist Johnny Butler made an EP titled Raise It Up, pulling most everything from the pantry and throwing it into a logic board-laden blender. This time, he’s back with just one song, but no matter, he’s stuffing that one song full of originality […]

8 August

New Music Video “Macaroni Dip” Featured on Nextbop.com

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Anthony Dean-Harris Editor-in-Chief “Saxophonist Johnny Butler has just released an interesting video for his new song, “Macaroni Dip”. The video from French filmmaker Heloïse Haddad has a lot of different layers and is leaps and bounds more than a video of some performance. The snappy tune also features Jackson Kincheloe (of Sister Sparrow & The […]

13 June

Step Tempest Previews ‘Raise It Up’: The Butler Does It

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Richard B Kamins Step Tempest June 9, 2014 “4 years ago, I reviewed the debut EP from saxophonist/composer Johnny Butler and really liked it, not only for its musicality but also for the risks the musician took with his music (read the review here.) Well, he’s back and raised the bar a bit higher. His […]

31 May

Something Else! One Track Mind: Johnny Butler ‘Simon Says’

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SomethingElse! S. Victor Aaron May 31, 2014 “Some jazz musicians are afraid to embrace technology with their music for fear of losing their purity. Saxophonist Johnny Butler has no such qualms. His fearless headlong dive into the joys of looping, dubbing and multi-tracking made 2010s’s Solo appear to include a whole orchestra of saxophonists when […]

30 May

NextBop Previews ‘Raise It Up’

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NextBop – Next Generation in Jazz Anthony Dean-Harris Editor-in-Chief “Brooklyn multireedist Johnny Butler has in the past done a great deal just playing solo. His previous EP, last year’s Carousel, pulled off its lush sounds with looping done on the fly. It was a rough but wholly satisfying work that indicated Butler thinks in multiple […]

19 May

New EP “Raise It Up’ Now Availalbe!

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I’m very excited to announce that my new EP ‘Raise It Up’ is now available for streaming and purchase! It features Kassa Overall on drums and production, Aidan Carroll on bass, and JJ Byars on alto saxophone along with a ton of samples and myself on tenor, baritone, and clarinet! Just go to johnnybutlermusic.bandcamp.com. I […]

26 January

East Coast Tour Dates

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January 29 @ 10:30pm Manhattan Inn 632 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY January 31 @ 7:00pm Green Line Cafe 4239 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA February 1 @ 7:00pm Lilypad 1353 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA February 4 @ 8:00pm Logical Operations at Muchmore’s “3 solo artists perform original electronic music influenced by jazz, classical, experimental, and pop.” […]

9 December

Bird is the Worm Reviews Carousel

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“Carousel sticks to a simple equation, then spends the album’s entirety providing different facets of those components. Pulsing cadences and languorous drones, and the beauty of this album is the way in which Butler shifts into one before backsliding back to the other. “Album opener “Bowtie” opens strong with with a quick step rhythm, bolstered […]

3 December

Nextbop.com “The Next Generation in Jazz” Profiles Optimistic & Carousel

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“If there’s anything the last decade or so of jazz has cemented, it’s Radiohead’s place in the jazz canon. Tenor saxophonist Johnny Butler has grasped onto this fact with a very cool video of him looping himself alongside drummer Alex Ritz with this performance of “Optimistic” recorded live at Brooklyn’s Gallery Recording Studio by Keith […]

29 October

Carousel now available on iTunes, Spotify, and many others

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Carousel is now available from many online distributors! Download it on iTunes or stream it on Spotify.

18 October

New Live Video Recording: Radiohead “Optimistic”

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JOHNNY BUTLER: “Optimistic” by Radiohead from (collabo!) on Vimeo. Recorded Live at the Gallery Recording Studio by Keith Parker. Alex Ritz on drums.

4 October

Rockwood Music Hall October 13th at Midnight

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<><><><><><><><> SUNDAY OCTOBER 13th at MIDNIGHT <><><><><><><><> THE BUTLER DID IT with Johnny Butler – sax, production, dj, butlertronix Cinque Ubangi Kemp- drums, hype @ Rockwood Music Hall 196 Allen St, NYC 10002 http://rockwoodmusichall.com/ <><><><><><><><>

24 September

NEXT SHOW: Thursday, Sept 26th at Pete’s Candy Store

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                      September 26, 11:00pm Pete’s Candy Store 709 Lorimer Street Brooklyn, NY 11211 with Sam Merrick on drums.

13 September

5 Ways to Optimize Your Music Practice

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I’ve seen a few people post links to this article called 10 Easy Ways to Optimize Your Music Practice. Sorry to those who posted it, but its the same crap I always see. I’m a passionate music teacher who doesn’t go by the book, and here is MY 5 ways “optimize” your music practice. 1.DON’T […]