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Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: August 17, 1927 | Died: June 3, 2009

Sam Butera was a saxophone player, best noted for his collaborations with Louis Prima and Keely Smith. Butera is frequently regarded as a crossover artist who performed with equal ease in both R & B and the post-big band pop style of jazz that permeated the early Vegas nightclub scene.

Butera was born and raised in New Orleans, where his father, Joe, ran a butcher shop and played guitar in his spare time. He heard the saxophone for the first time at a wedding when he was seven years old, and, with his father's encouragement, he began to play.

Butera's professional career blossomed early, beginning with a stint in big band drummer Ray McKinley's orchestra directly after high school. Butera was named one of America's top upcoming jazzmen by Look magazine when he was only eighteen years old, and, by his early twenties, he had landed positions in the orchestras of Tommy Dorsey, Joe Reichman, and Paul Gayten....
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Music

Featured recording “Ultra-Lounge: Wild, Cool & Swingin' - Artist Series Vol 6”

Ultra-Lounge: Wild, Cool & Swingin' - Artist Series Vol 6

Capitol/EMI
1999
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    Ultra-Lounge: Wild, Cool & Swingin' - Artist Series Vol 6

    Capitol/EMI
    1999
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    Body And Soul With A Little Soul

    FMP
    1984
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    Moonlight In Vermont / Thinking Mans Sax

    FMP
    1964
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    Thinking Man's Sax

    FMP
    1964
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    French Poodle / Why

    FMP
    1964
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    Little Liza Jane / Skinny Minnie

    FMP
    1964
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