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Service Organisation formed in July 2005 to support Jazz and increase its
in the Community
Promotional Information for
Jazz Festivals, Jazz Clubs, Music Clubs & Theatres
(Born in St Louis,
Missouri USA -
Bachelor of Fine Arts
- Music 1983, Webster University, St. Louis, MO)
provides a new, thunderous driving force at the front of the band. His
phenomenal playing has been crafted during a 25yr career which has seen him
working with Sting (2 year world tour), Aretha Franklin, Thomas Dolby, Al Jarreau, James Taylor, etc etc.
Butch never fails to
blow up a storm this may have something to do with his remarkable career
with some of the finest artists both in jazz and rock n roll. He began
with being handed the tenor chair in the Jaco
Pastorius band between 1983 and 1987 in
which period he recorded two albums (Punk Jazz & NYC Jam) with this now legendary bass player.
In the years to follow, he played with the likes of
in the jazz world but mainly worked as a session player to some great
artists such as guitarist Lennie Kravitz.
he has also appeared as sideman for the likes of Senegalese Singer
Youssou N'dour and
Butch Thomas now lives in Florida with
his wife and daughter.
Saxophone, Flute, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals
Butch Thomas MySpace
- Check out the Interview and the Performances
Check This Out! - available in the UK Spring or Autumn of 2009
Butch Thomas - tenor and soprano sax
Pete Oxley - Guitar
Felix Ruiz - piano, keyboards
Michael Curtis Ruiz - bass
TBC - drums
If you are interested as a promoter
we will gladly send you promo materials and a CD.
New MP3 samples of
Butch's music can be found at
Butch Thomas MySpace
There is further information at
on the tracks below to hear a sample of Butch’s playing.
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Book the Butch Thomas Quintet!
Butch Thomas is available for tours, session work and teaching.
Enquiries for the Butch Thomas
Quintet for Jazz
Festivals, Theatre or Club Events, Corporate Events and Jazz Workshops
E-mail or Phone 01844 353117
Just Great for the Really Big Occasions:- here with Sting!
Jazz Saxophone Workshops:
is also keen to impart his skills to
Students of Jazz and can hold Workshop/Master Class
projects in Colleges, Theatres, Studios and other suitable venues. These can
also be linked up with
daytime assemblies at any of the evening Concert Venues.
Jazz Workshop provides
a platform where seasoned professionals and total beginners
alike can learn, grow and flourish together in a uniquely inspiring and
One day workshop lasting 3 hours, would consist of:-
up and medium tempo grooves
contemporary jazz styles
Classes can be structured to specific needs and encompass
all music genres.
Butch Thomas & Friends
Ruiz – Electric Bass
recipient of a scholarship to the Berklee School of
Music has recorded and toured the World with numerous Caribbean and
International artistes including Joe Higgs and Rita Marley. His reputation
as an outstanding bass player is building rapidly in the UK, and he can be
seen playing at various Jazz venues with other bands. Michael played
both Fretless and Fretted Electric basses
The Ruiz brothers, from
Trinidad, blend Caribbean and World Beat Music with influences of Jazz.
Keyboardist Felix, has performed with legendary Calypsonians the Roaring
Lion, and others including Gregory Isaacs.
Special Guest -
- Guitarist and Jazz Composer -
Pete was initially captivated by the works of Egberto Gismonti, Pat Metheny,
Herbie Hancock and John Scofield, influences which he would still cite as
relevant today. Pete was offered a place at the Leeds Jazz College in
1981. He accepted - somehow he managed to respectably graduate and moved to Paris to begin a glorious unfettered career. It
was in Paris that Pete began gigging intensely, backing singers, generally
freelancing and working on his own musical projects.
In 1999, in partnership with drummer
Mark Doffman and bassist Raph Mizraki, Pete set up Oxford's Contemporary Jazz club 'The
Spin'. These three formed the house-band, with whom scores of the UK's jazz
glitterati have now performed (Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead, John Parricelli,
Roger Beaujolais, Mornington Lockett, John Etheridge, Ben Castle, Mark Lockheart
In 2002, Pete recorded the duo album
The Play Of Light
with Argentinean guitar virtuoso Luis D'Agostino
Erik began playing drums at
the age of ten.
After graduating from New York's Fiorello Laguardia High School of Music and
Art and the Performing Arts (FAME) under
Justin Dicciocio, he studied drum-kit, percussion and general
music at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, privately with
(author of Buddy Rich's Snare Drum Rudiments and Louie Bellson's Modern
Reading Text in 4/4),
Walter Garces and briefly with
Jerry Gonzalez (the Fort Apache Band).
Erik honed his craft
performing, recording and touring in and around NYC, specializing in Funk,
Reggae, Jazz, Ska and Rock. He can be heard on various albums, film
soundtracks (Francis Ford Coppola's New York Stories, Dust on the Wings -
Australia, The Inbetweeners) and television commercials.
Erik settled in London after a tour of Japan with
Walter Schreifels of Quicksand and Rival Schools (Island Records) in
Since then he has been
performing in and around the UK with American saxophonist
Butch Thomas (Lenny
Kravitz, Sting, Jaco Pastorius), disco-diva Viola Wills,
Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani),
as well as upcoming artists
and War Machines of Love (with former New Model Army guitarist Adrian
of Butch's Recording Appearances:-
Jaco Pastorius "Punk Jazz" - Big World Records 1983
Jaco Pastorius "NYC Jam" - Big World Records 1984
Pamela Russo "Pamela Russo" - Mercury Records 1987
The College Boys"Humpin" - Virgin Records 1991
Lenny Kravitz "Momma Said" - Virgin Records 1991
Lenny Kravitz "Brother" - Virgin Records 1992
Vanessa Paradis "Live" - Polydor Records 1994
Wailing Souls "Live" - Remark Records 1994
“Symbiose” album 1996
Aretha Franklin “A Rose is still a Rose” UK Version 1998
Butch Thomas New CD
Butch Thomas' self-titled album is
an outstanding collection of Nu-Jazz songs brought to you by an
industry veteran. Butch's Tenor and Soprano Sax on the album is as
smooth as silk. His arrangements are solid and his style is
innovative and very modern. Overall, the musicianship on the CD is
tremendous and the sound quality is excellent as well. Highlights
are the opener "Blues for Miles" taking you back to the 70's a bit
with cop show synths and a memorable Sax performance. "Ooga Booga"
has some fun percussion elements, but keeps it nice and smooth. "You
Dig" is a progressive jazz number with impressive drum work and
another solid Sax performance. If you enjoy smooth jazz saxophone
and big name artists such as Kenny G or Wayne Shorter, you'll enjoy
) Blues for Miles (C. Thomas)
2. ) That Thang (C. Thomas , Peter Oxley)
3. ) Sao Paulo (C. Thomas)
4. ) The wings of time (C. Thomas)
5. ) Ooga Booga (C. Thomas)
6. ) By the sea (C. Thomas)
7. ) Caribbean Woman (C. Thomas)
8. ) You dig? (C. Thomas)
9. ) All that you do (C. Thomas)
Butch Thomas - Soprano Sax
Curtis Ruiz - Bass
Felix Ruiz - Electric Piano
David Gwynne - Drums
Glyn Devey - Production and Arrangements, Guitars, Electric
Piano, Keyboards, String Arrangement and Programming
Featured Guitar Soloists:
Pete Oxley - Guitar Solo 1
Richard Fortus - Guitar Solo 2
Glyn Devey - Guitar Solo 3
Performance Reviews - fans
First class gig last night - well done!. It was also good
to see some younger faces and families. Were they his pupils? If yes it's a good
way of spreading the gospel. A great evening and good value. My old lady wants to see Mike Stern at Ronnie's for £25 each or £48
if you eat?
As usual, Butch and Friends were great ...Get them back again!!!!
Alistair & Denise
Hi just a short note
to say how much we enjoyed Butch's gig! A great performance - any
plans for a return soon?