Patrick Butler

Patrick Butler

BandJazzFunk

Clean, jazz guitar - Wes Montgomery style - over funk grooves

Biography

Patrick Butler is an accomplished guitar player, whose abilities span many musical styles. He studied jazz guitar with jazz legends, Harry Leahey and James Spaulding.

Butler recorded and toured with funk band The Fatback Band, and appears on Fatback’s single, King Tim III, considered to be the first rap song recorded. During the Fatback years, he also studied with the Trinidadian jazz guitar player, Roland Prince, who was then living in Brooklyn.

Feeling the need for more creativity after touring with Fatback, Butler took two years “off” for a period of intensive composition. During this period, he composed a book called “Pentatonic Flights,” which used the pentatonic scale as the basis of the harmonic structure instead of the diatonic scale.

Moving to Los Angeles and forming Unstoppable, a power funk rock trio with Steven Hoshko on bass and Andre Allen on drums, Butler’s band was ubiquitous in Hollywood. Butler recorded with Mike Watt, indie rock bass player phenom, appearing on Watt’s Ball Hog or Tugboat. He also appears on Banyan’s CD Anytime at All, Stephen Perkins’ acid jazz project.

Butler’s current projects include fronting the Celtic rock trio, Superkeltic, and jamming “space guitar” with Dave Williams’ nu-jazz band, The Magic Bullet Theory. He is an annual attendee at Uli Jon Roth's Sky Academy.

Discography

Patrick Butler - Jazz Guitar
2007 - Mesmerizer
2008 Release - Coming Soon!

Press comments about Mesmerizer --

“Fantastic album.”
~ Alex Pijnen, BRTO Radio, Holland

"It's a rich and rewarding release, full of music you'll want to hear over and over again. Highly recommended."
~ Stuart Hamilton, Zeitgeist, U.K.

"Nice jazz lines over contemporary rhythms. Interesting textures, played with energy."
~ Richard Good, Radio One 91FM, New Zealand

“No collection is complete without this essential."
~ Gi Dussault, Upper Room with Joe Kelley

Radio/Streaming Airplay:
Upper Room Radio Show WVOF 88.5 FM, Fairfield, CT; Animajazz (Italy); Triple H-FM (Australia); Triple U-FM (New South Wales); 94.1 FM RADIO 2 (Macedonia); Jazz Radio FM (Poland); Soundwave FM (New Zealand); Sunny Breeze (Belarus); BRTO Radio (Netherlands); Radio One FM "Jazz Junction" (New Zealand)

Set List

Sets include original compositions along with jazz standards.

Sets and band members vary according to venue.