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The youngest of 13 children, Jonathan Butler grew up in Cape Town, South Africa with the country under the cloud of segregation and Apartheid rule. “I was born poor, but richly blessed with talent and the gift to make music,” Butler said. “I can’t dismiss where I’ve been or where I’ve come from. I’m a proud South African and I came from nothing.”

Butler began his singing career at age seven, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in South Africa the following year, at age 12. In 1975 Butler earned three gold records (“Please Stay” went double gold and “I Love How You Love Me” went gold), making history by being the first black artist on white South African radio.

A decade later, in 1987, Butler moved to London, England, where he signed with Jive Records and released his first international album. The self-titled set went gold in the UK and the USA and Butler received Grammy nominations for Best R&B Song and Best Jazz Song that same year.

Butler’s 2004 album, “Surrender,” went gold in South Africa, where he remains a superstar. He launched the Jonathan Butler Foundation in his native country to fund music education programs that give children the purpose to overcome a life of drugs and poverty just as he did. His music and arts programs serving South African children ages 4-17 operate with the mission statement, “Purpose kills addiction.”

Butler’s music has purpose, providing comfort and inspiration. When he sings, he testifies to the glory and healing power of love. When he plays guitar, his fast fingers innately find notes of passion and divinity. Jonathan Butler’s recording career has carried him far, far beyond his wildest dreams.

Blue Pyramid Productions is proud to have guitarist Jonathan Butler headlining the 5th and final performance of the 4th season of the Church Street Jazz Series at The Harrison Opera House in Downtown Norfolk.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 8:00 PM

The Harrison Opera House, 160 West Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

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World renowned and multi-Grammy nominated saxophonist Dave Koz has announced his return to the road this Fall for his 21st annual Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2018”.Now in its 21st year, the tour has received nationwide critical acclaim since its 1997 inception.  After last year’s highly successful 20-year anniversary Christmas run, Koz’s 2018 Christmas Tour promises to bring fresh renditions of holiday classics—as well as a Chanukah medley!—and hits from his respective catalog.  Special Guests joining Dave this year include: Mindi Abair, pop/blues saxophonist/singer who will be making her first Christmas Tour appearance with Koz; South African guitarist/singer, Jonathan Butler, who returns for another wonderful time with Dave; Japanese keyboard sensation Keiko Matsui; and up and coming vocalist Sheléa, who also made a vocal appearance on Dave’s most recent smash album Summer Horns II From A To Z.

The multi-city holiday trek launches November 23rd at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

in Sarasota, FL and will hit other major US markets including Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Las Vegas, NV, San Diego, CA and San Jose, CA.  For further information on the tour, dates, on-sale info and the VIP Program, please visit www.davekoz.com.

Carson Jazz Festival 2018 features Donald Hayes, Loose Ends, BBC, Jazz in Pink, CSUDH Jazz Ensemble and Jonathan Butler

Saturday, October 6, 2018 – 11 AM

Anderson Park, 19101 Wilmington Ave., Carson, CA 90746

October 6 – Bobby Caldwell

October 20 – Acoustic Alchemy

November 3 – Euge Groove with special guest Gerey Johnson

November 10 – Jonathan Butler

November 17 – Spyro Gyra

December 22 – Holiday Show with Gerald Albright with Selina Albright opening

December 29 – Marion Meadows / Brian Simpson

December 30 – Vincent Ingala

December 31 – NYE Celebration with Paul Taylor & Lin Rountree

More information: http://www.smoothchicago.com

Loews O’Hare Hotel, 5300 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018 

 

Since 2004, The Smooth Jazz Cruise has set the standard for not only jazz cruises, but for all theme cruises, earning the title “The Greatest Party at Sea”. The constant interaction and inspiration between artists and guests results in a totally immersive music and cultural experience that has been enjoyed by over 34,000 fans. Join us and hosts Marcus Miller and Boney James for a spectacular lineup of musical stars, a ship that exceeds your expectations on every level, and a quality and quantity of world-class entertainment and music that only Entertainment Cruise Productions can provide. Come aboard!

Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Peter White, Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Paul Jackson Jr., Randy Crawford, Keiko Matsui, Eric Marienthal, Vincent Ingala, Jonathan Butler, Patches Stewart, Chance Howard, Brian Simpson, Damien Escobar, DW3, Alonzo Bodden (Comedian)

Here are the ports of call:

  • Ft. Lauderdale
  • St. Lucia
  • Antigua
  • St. Thomas

First Sail January 18 – 25, 2020 – Second Sail March 14 – 21, 2020

For more information go here.

The only Southern California Jazz Festival staged on a gorgeous grassy knoll in a beautiful Lagoon setting. Long Beach Jazz Festival features some of the top artists of the year and includes VIP seating in an incredible outdoor setting with a great selection of food, art and much more. “Jazz”, an experience you will never forget!

The Long Beach Jazz Festival features Jonathan Butler,  Maysa, Kim Waters, Marion Meadows, Marcus Miller, Poncho Sanchez, Everette Harp, Chante Moore, Doc Powell, Nick Colionne, Eric Roberson, Stanley Clarke, Randy Crawford, Kirk Whalum, Keiko Matsui, David Benoit, Marc Antoine, Brian Simpson, Jazmin Ghent

Get tickets here.

August 10 – 12, 2018

Rainbow Lagoon Park, E Shoreline Dr, Long Beach, California 90802

Featuring Cindy Bradley,  Bach To The Future, Jonathan Butler, Alex Bugnon, Will Downing, Boney James

Saturday, July 21, 2018 – 2:00 pm

Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Dr, Chesterfield, Missouri 63017