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Sam Butera

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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Albums

Ultra-Lounge: Wild, Cool & Swingin' - Artist Series Vol 6
Ultra-Lounge: Wild,...
Capitol/EMI
1999
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Body And Soul With A...
FMP
1984
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Moonlight In Vermont...
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 /...
FMP
1964
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Videos

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