25 June

Friday July 5 @ Pete’s Candy Store


                        FRIDAY JULY 5th 8:00PM @ Pete’s Candy Store 709 Lorimer St Brooklyn, NY 11211 FREE

16 May

LAST MINUTE ADD: THIS SATURDAY @ Pete’s Candy Store, 10pm


We’ve been asked to come back to Pete’s Candy Store THIS Saturday, May 18th at 10pm. Alex is out playing with Dave Liebman, so I’ll be playing with Sam Merrick on drums. Saturday, May 18th, 2013 10PM Pete’s Candy Store FREE

10 February

Listen to “Blanton Ravine” by Public Speaking


The new release from Brooklyn-based artist Jason Anthony Harris’ Public Speaking, Blanton Ravine, is now available for streaming and download on bandcamp.com. You can hear me on tenor, bari, clarinet, and bass clarinet. Stream/Download Blanton Ravine on Bandcamp.com Public Speaking on Facebook

28 February

New Full Length Solo CD in the works


My first full length solo saxophone and laptop album is on its way. I’m going to be going into the studio to master it on March 16th with Colin Marston at MENEGROTH: The Thousand Caves, where I mastered my first album. I’ve been working on and performing these songs for over a year, and I […]

22 November

JB Trio w/ D’vonne Lewis & Evan Flory-Barnes, Fri. Nov. 26 @ Egans


Seattle Friends! Come warm up a bit with us this Friday, Nov. 26th at Egan’s Ballard Jam House. Its going to be party. D’vonne Lewis on drums, Evan Flory-Barnes on bass, and special guest Jeff Grant on voice and guitar. Get your reservations soon, Egan’s is a small place! Friday, November 26th. 7pm Johnny Butler […]

9 November

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds CD RELEASE @ Sullivan Hall, Thurs. Nov 11


Thursday, Nov 11. Doors at 7:30 / Sets at 8 and 10pm Sullivan Hall 214 Sullivan St. (btw Bleecker and W 3rd) $10 entry or $15 with advanced copy of CD when you order online!! Click Here to Reserve Your Tickets Online

1 November

All About Jazz reviews Scurvy’s Fracture (Hi4Head Records)


Scurvy’s Fracture reviewed in the November 2010 issue of All About Jazz: “Saxophonist Johnny Butler’s band Scurvy underscores close relationship between punk rock abandon and the freedom of improvised music while also incorporating ambitious compositional ideals found in both progressive rock and modern jazz. With a horn frontline of Butler and Ryan Snow on trombone […]

19 October

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds CMJ Showcase


Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds CMJ Showcase Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 Saturday, October 23rd, 10pm. FREE We also have a new website: www.sistersparrowandthedirtybirds.com

21 September
30 August

My Fifteen


I got this little exercise from my friend Nick Millevoi, who lives in Philly and incidentally shreds the guitar in a couple nasty bands. The idea is to list fifteen albums in fifteen minutes you’ve heard that will always stick with you. I felt like to really do this exercise, I had to travel back […]

25 August

The “Musical Treasures of Indonesia” – Album of the Year?


Anybody that’s been to my apartment in the last six months has most likely been subjected to this album. Its definitely the best album I’ve found in the last year and perhaps the favorite of my collection. Every single element on this album is insanely good: nasty flute harmonies, killer violin solos, sick acoustic guitar […]

16 August

Thoughts from the Butler: Mountains “Etching”


I first heard Mountains one chilly winter night at Oberlin, sitting on the couch at 2am with my roommates, listening to albums brought back from our respective homeward vacations. I was immediately stuck by Mountains intriguingly spacial compositions, lush with both electronic and acoustic instrumentation. Mountains is one of those now-a-days rare groups whose recordings […]

9 August

Gapplegate Music reviews Solo


Gapplegate Music Review “Johnny Butler plays the alto sax. He heads up an interesting ensemble, Scurvy, which I cover in one of my other blogs (see www.gapplegate.com/musicalblog.htm). He also has developed a composition-performance style using his sax and live loops. An EP of this music has just been released, Johnny Butler Solo (no label listed). […]

27 May

Knocks From the Underground


My friend Liz just alerted me to this very nice review of “Solo” in Knock from the Underground by Ross Edwards. Enjoy! “Johnny Butler’s solo album is epically slow and intensely beautiful, the soundtrack to a science fiction film that makes the ambient, submerged mood of the music its highest priority. Performed by a lone […]

26 February

Step Tempest Review


Just got this nice review of “Solo” in Step Tempest. I hit a triple! “Don’t [know] much about Mr. Butler or his music (he plays with an electric 5-some known as Scurvy) is a fascinating experience. One saxophone and a looping system, this EP (just over 24 minutes) was recorded live without overdubs in various […]