Johnny Butler

Johnny Butler is a multi-genre musician, composer, and teacher. He's a member of the Brooklyn, NY music community and grew up in Seattle, WA.

Butler performs nationally and internationally solo (with my saxophone and laptop), with my band Scurvy, and with numerous other groups.

Currently, he plays with The Skeletons Big Band, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Sonia's Party and the Everyone's Invited Band, Ryan Snow's Pull, Indra Raj, Afuche, and Astoria based fusion group Dak Dies. I've also made recent appearances with Joe Lally of Fugazi, Scott Stein of The Ramblers, Margaret (Rhodes) Butler, and the Stumble Bums.

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“Expressive, thoughtful and freshly beautiful…Coltrane’s spirit was definitely in the room.” --The Oberlin Review

“Johnny Butler is a musician to look out for. I love his playing.” --Gary Bartz

“Johnny's complex compositions--sometimes satirical and political, sometimes emotional--reflect his intelligence and unpredictability.” --Conservatory Magazine 2006

“I got sucked into said mesmerizing world on Tuesday night while listening to Johnny Butler's Quintet at the Cat. "This guy's the greatest. It's a real pleasure to play with Johnny Butler…it really comes out in the music," said Ryan Snow, trombone

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