REGINALD (Tommy) BUTLER
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 –
”The Power of Music in Film", UCLA Extension Course with Charles Bernstein
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 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
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
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
Eric Mercury - Canadian Pop Rock Singer
Baby Huey and Manna’s Babies - Chicago based R&B Show Group
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
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
Carl and Joe Dawkins
The International Reggae All Stars
Zeff and the Ravers
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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