Price: $175.00

MINT CONDITION

BILLY BUTTERFIELD - TRUMPETER

Autographed and inscribed, matte, double-weight 8” x 10” original Al White in concert photograph, inscribed to the photographer.

Billy Butterfield (1917-1988) was considered one of the finest jazz trumpeters from the time he appeared on the scene in the 1930’s until his death.  “Metronome” editor George Simon in 1939 labeled him, the greatest all-around trumpeter in jazz today. Born in Ohio, he studied with Frank Simon who played solo cornet in John Philip Sousa’s Band.  He first played in Austin Wylde’s Band, moving to Bob Crosby’s Band of the time in 1937 and stayed until 1940, also playing with his smaller group, The Bobcats when that divination of Crosby’s band broke up.  He then joined Artie Shaw’s orchestra where his big claim to fame with Crosby was his solo work on the recording of “Star Dust” and “Im Free” which are a legendary jazz records.  When Shaw disbanded, Benny Goodman grabbed Butterfield.  He was in the service from 1943-1947 and then started up his own band.  The band broke up, leaving the trumpeter angry and in debt.  His pal, fellow trumpeter Bobby Hackett, who regarded Butterfield as the best jazz trumpeter in the world at that time was working with the fledgling ABC Television and invited Butterfield into that world, where they became a team on the programming of the day. (Interestingly Louis Armstrong also had high regard for Butterfield.)  He developed a technique called “The Butterfield Slur” which was imitated everywhere due to his television exposure.  Interestingly, he was occasionally called upon to play classical music as well. (Butterfield also played for NBC) In 1947, Eddie Condon started up a new “big deal” program on New York’s WPIX, channel 11 called, “Eddie Condon’s Floor Show” and he hired the trumpeter as a special guest. Television turned out to be regular high paying income for Butterfield.  In 1968, Butterfield joined the Les Brown Orchestra and The World’s Greatest Jazz Band.  With them he toured the Country, Great Britain, Europe and Africa.  He also was in great demand on his own in various jazz festivals world wide.  

A rare and ideal photograph of this trumpet legend!  

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