Oberlin

Johnny Butler '06, saxophone


Johnny Butler is a multi-genre saxophonist, composer, and teacher. Born in Seattle, Wash., he began playing piano at age 6 and saxophone at age 8. While a student at the conservatory, he studied with Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks, Billy Hart, Randolph Coleman, and Lewis Neilson. He is a member of the New York music community and has continued his studies with Lenny Tristano disciple Connie Cruthers, Vijay Iyer, and Ableton Live sponsored electro-acoustic violinist Todd Reynolds.

Butler performs nationally and internationally as a solo artist and with numerous groups including Scurvy and the Brooklyn-based Cuban rock group Afuche. He currently 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, and Dak Dies. He has made recent appearances with Joe Lally of Fugazi, Scott Stein of the Ramblers, Margaret (Rhodes) Butler, and the Stumble Bums.

In addition to his wide-ranging musical collaborations, Butler donates his time and music to Musicians On Call, a not-for-profit organization that brings live and recorded music to patients in health care facilities.

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