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Primary Instrument: Saxophone

John Butcher was born in Brighton, England and has lived in London since the late 1970s. His music ranges through free improvisation, various structurings, his own compositions, multitracked saxophone pieces and work with live electronics, amplification and feedback.

He has toured and broadcast in Europe, Japan, Australia and North America, and was featured, playing solo, in the BBC TV programme Date with an Artist. Compositions include pieces for Chris Burn’s Ensemble , the Austrian group Polwechsel and the American Rova Saxophone Quartet.

Butcher started playing the saxophone at Surrey University, where he was studying physics - although his first concerts were on keyboards in an ‘avant’ (for want of a better term) rock group. Hearing musicians like John Surman, Stan Tracey and Louis Moholo triggered an enthusiasm for jazz, and he started learning and playing in various small and large groups - often with pianist Chris Burn; and sometimes with his brother Phil Butcher, on double bass....
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Music

Featured recording “Exta”

Exta

Fataka
2013
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    John Butcher: Winter Gardens

    Kukuruku
    2013
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    Shortening Distance

    Challenge Jazz
    2013
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    Plume

    Challenge Jazz
    2013
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    Exta

    Fataka
    2013
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    Bell Trove Spools

    Northern Spy
    2012
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    Split

    Challenge Jazz
    2012
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    Daylight

    Challenge Jazz
    2012
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