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Billy Butterfield

Charles William Butterfield

Trumpeter, Flugelhornist, Bandleader

(1917 - 1988)

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Billy Butterfield started playing the trumpet professionally as a teenager and was already well known in his early 20’s during his tenure with Bob Crosby and His Orchestra (1937-1940). Recognized for his pure, broad tone and masterful phrasing, Butterfield was often featured on trumpet solos, the best known of which are his 1937 recordings of “I’m Free” (later to be “What’s New?”) and Margaret Whiting’s recording of “Moonlight in Vermont.” Butterfield later played with Artie Shaw and is remembered for his 1940 performance of “Stardust” with the Gramercy Five. After a stint with Benny Goodman, he formed his own band at the close of World War II. Butterfield remained active in jazz up until his death, notably touring with The World’s Greatest Jazz Band, led by former Bob Crosby band mates Yank Lawson and Bob Haggart.

- Jeremy Wilson

Pandora's Box: 1946-1947

Billy Butterfield

Take Me to the Land of Jazz

Billy Butterfield, Andy Bartha

Just Kiddin' Around

Ray Conniff, Billy Butterfield

What Is There to Say

Billy Butterfield & His Orchestra

Billy Butterfield with Dick Wellstood

Billy Butterfield and Dick Wellstood

Recipe for Romance

Billy Butterfield & His Orchestra

Soft Strut

Billy Butterfield

Issued Recordings 1944-1947

Billy Butterfield
Reading and Viewing

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George Thomas Simon

The Big Bands

Schirmer Books

(Includes several photos, references, and a short biography of Butterfield)

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