All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Billy Butler

Billy Butler

Born into a musical family, Billy grew up in NH around back- wood jamborees, living room concerts and Paganini concertos. His mother is a classically trained pianist (and an expert stride player), and his brother is a virtuoso jazz violinist. At a young age he showed an affinity for the performing arts and tiring of the living room dramatic re- interpretations of Cheech and Chong, his mother brought him the closest theatre group she could find. The jazz punk theatrical began.

“January 2015 started with a commission to write some tunes for “Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic,” a brand new immersive 1920s show in New York City. I ended up in the show playing all the songs I wrote, knee deep in jazz, blues, and burlesque! I was always the punk, the so-called rocker, so I thought it would take me a bit to fit in. Didn't take much time at all actually, my mother used to sing all those great old tunes to me growing up, I was right at home. It was a great three month run. Met some amazing dancers, strippers, musicians, and artists. I will always think of them with such deep fondness and love. How we took over a small piece of the center of the universe, led by a Valkyrie to the bazaar of 42nd street, there in the back of a shotty diner we made magic, with glitter, champagne, jazz, and stardust! The show may be over but a light shines for all of us.

“We’ll bring down the house We’ll be all the rage And we’ll shine with the ghosts of Broadway”

Read more



Legends of Acid Jazz:...

Prestige Records



Kenny Burrell
guitar, electric

Shop Amazon

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.