REGINALD (Tommy) BUTLER

                                                          BASSIST BIO



Education and Schools

Aeronautical Engineering – Aviation Trades High School – (Long Island City, NewYork).


Audio Electronic – RCA Technical Institute – (New York City).


First Chair Cello, Morris High School Orchestra, Graduated with Music Honors, and

a Letter in Music, (Bronx NewYork).


Student Cellist with New York City Student Teachers Chamber Ensemble.


Associate Degree in Commercial Music Production from the Los Angeles Valley College

& California State College At Northridge.


“Film scoring basics” and “Understanding Quick Time” American Film Institute –

(Hollywood Cal).


”The Power of Music in Film", UCLA Extension Course with Charles Bernstein




Private Study

Cello student of Hadrian Hall, former Conductor of the New York City Youth Orchestra

and teacher of music for the N.Y.C. Board of Education.


Beginning acoustic Bass, walking the Blues, with Jazz Bassist Jimmy Garrison

(New York City)


Basic Acoustic Bass Concepts with Jerald Jemmott, then bassist for the SUPREMES.


Bass and Understanding chord progressions with Jimmy Garrett, then bassist with

George Benson and studio for Motown Records (New York City)


Bass, music theory and Counterpoint with Chris White, then bassist with Dizzy Gillespie

Big Band (New York City)


Jazz Improvisation with Larry Gales bassist for Thelonious Monk, and numerous other

jazz artists. (Los Angeles)


Harmony and Arranging with "Bumps" Blackwell, noted Composer, Arranger.


Keyboard Harmony and Bass with Herb Mickman, Los Angeles studio Bassist


Arranging and Orchestration with Eddie Mcnson, Los Angeles Film Composer and Arranger.




Teaching Professional

Teaching assistant with the City of Burbank board of Education, Music Department.


Two years as a student Conductor of Los Angeles Valley College Acappella Choir and

Studio Jazz Band.


Three years as a Bass Instructor at the Eubanks Conservatory of Music and Dance in Los





Professional Bassist

The ability to play both acoustic bass, fretless and freed electric bass, and to also duplicate

many music styles (from Bach to Rock) has made Regis career as a bassist diverse

and challenging.


First, as House Bassist at the Café Wha? In New York City’s Greenwich

Village, then spending many years touring and working in many of New York’s well known

Rock, R&B and Jazz venues.




Below, are a few of the more prominent names from the list

of Recording Artists / Singer song writers and Musicians  

 Reginald (Tommy) Butler has performed with:


Jimi Hendrix - The Group "Jimi James and the Blue Flame” - Café Wha?

( See the book “Becoming Jimi Hendrix”)


Stevie Wonder -"Finger Tips" Live


Bob Dylan - Café Wha?


Richie Havens - Folk / Pop - Café Wha?


Tim Hardin - Jazz / Country - Café Wha?


(Bass & Co-writer on the album “Unforgiven”)


Van Morrison - Pop / Blues - Café Wha?


John Sebastian - Folk / Pop - Café Nigth Owl


Odeta - Folk / Blues - Café Wha?


Lynn Kellogg - Singer / Song writer / Actress


Mary Wells - R&B - Bassist / Band leader




Bassist Continued


Eric Mercury - Canadian Pop Rock Singer


Baby Huey and Manna’s Babies - Chicago based R&B Show Group


Herb Alpert


Dobie Grey - Country Singer


Eddie Harris - Jazz


George Benson - Blues / Jazz


Billy Mitchell - Jazz Pianist


Rose Gales - Jazz Pianist


Wakefield Taylor Trio - Jazz Trio


Buck Clark - Drummer for Tony Orlando


Albert "Tootie" Heath - Jazz / Pop drummer, one of the famous Heath Brothers


Harold Owsley Quartet - Jazz-Tenor Sax




Blues Artists

Sam Taylor Blues Band


Coco Taylor Blues Band


T. Bone Walker - Blues Singer


Big Mama Thornton - Blues Singer


Big Joe Turner - Blues Singer


Johnnie Otis Band - Blues Singer


Apollo Theater House Band under the direction of Rubin Phillips - Various R&B and



With Reggae Greats


Joe Higgs


Ken Booth


Leroy Smart


Carl and Joe Dawkins


The International Reggae All Stars


Zeff and the Ravers


Third Eye


Chili Charles - well known Reggae Drummer





15yrs as, composer / arranger, lead vocalist, bassist and leader of the 

group,  "aka JAH MOON” beginning in 1981.





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