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GIG-11 Butch Thomas & Friends
Soprano & Tenor Saxes

Bandleader, Composer, Jazz Educator, Arranger.
Took place on Wed 17th May 2006 and Featured

This Concert was a near capacity sellout - there were 8 ticket defaulters but thanks to all those Fans who attended.

This Concert was the Real Deal - all Butch's chosen Musician Friends - no House Band. 

Butch Thomas (Born in St Louis - 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 Lester Bowie 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 Al Green.  Butch Thomas lived in Buckinghamshire for a Spell but has now moved to Florida - with his wife and daughter.
INSTRUMENTS:  Saxophone,  Flute, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals

Concert Programme -
First set
By the Sea - Butch Thomas original
In a Silent Way  - Miles Davis
Invitation - Rogers & Hart
Finsbury Park - featuring and written by Pete Oxley

Second Set
That Thang - Butch original?
These are a Few of my Favourite Things - Rogers & Hammerstein
Sao Paolo -
Butch Thomas Original
Caribbean Woman - original by Butch Thomas
The King is Back - original by
Butch Thomas
Supporting Musicians

Simon Taylor – Lead/Rhythm Guitar

Michael Curtis 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

Felix Ruiz – Keyboards
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.


Tony Mason - Drums -

Formerly Brand New Heavies

- crisp funky percussion.



Special Guest Pete Oxley - Guitar featuring the 'New Noakes Internationals' number Finsbury Park (see details below)

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 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 this CD.

1. ) 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 Website

The New Noakes Internationals
“Blue in Black and White” - 33 Jazz Records  2002
Butch Thomas tenor, soprano sax*
Pete Oxley acoustic, electric, synth guitars
Dave Gordon piano, keyboards
Raph Mizraki acoustic, electric basses Etienne Brachet drums
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Clowns Pocket Studio in February and May 2001 by Derek Nash.  Produced by Pete Oxley
1: Finsbury Park* Oxley                     2: Mr. Sam Gordon
3: A Word from The Big Guy* Oxley    4: The Alchemist And The Cat Flap Gordon
5: The Slow Slow Spin Oxley              6: Red Sky Oxley
7: Blue In Black And White* Oxley  8: One Of These Years* Mizraki

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 filling the place and spreading the gospel.  A great evening and only 9 quid. My old lady wants to see Mike Stern at Ronnie's for £25 each or £48 if you eat?
You must be very pleased that the hard graft is paying off.
Regards  Andrew

As usual, Butch and Friends were great in Thame....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?

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