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Newly Appointed: Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, East Bay - Hayward, CA
Dr. Dorsey Mitchell Butler III is a native of Raleigh, NC and currently calls Columbia, SC home. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Performance from East Carolina University. Mitch is also a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Doctor of Music Arts degree in Music Performance.
Mitch was the trombonist and leader of the jazz/fusion group Nebulous Jazztet from 2001 to 2006 and is currently leader of Modus Bone and the Mitch Butler Trio. These groups serve as entertainment and educational ensembles for the Midlands of South Carolina, as well as the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. These groups perform in venues ranging from night clubs to jazz festivals to music seminars. Butler was also the solo trombonist in the well renowned North Carolina Jazz Repertoire Orchestra led by Jazz Trumpeter and Educator Jim Ketch from 1999 to 2006.
Mitch was a member of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra headed by world renowned trumpeter Irvin Mayfield from 2008 to 2010. In February of 2010 the N.O.J.O. won the Grammy Award for large jazz ensemble with the release of the recording Book One - a recording that Mitch is featured on. He is also the solo trombonist for the international award winning jazz group JazzBonez featuring six trombones and rhythm section. Contributions to The New Five Jazz Project based in Austin, Texas and the John Brown Jazz Orchestra based in Durham, NC have also proven to be important to his musical development as a performer, composer, and educator. Butler has also performed and/or recorded with musical greats such as John Brown, Curtis Fuller, Tia Fuller, Derrick Gardner, Vincent Gardner, Aaron Graves, Benny Green, Tim Hagans, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Andre Hayward, Conrad Herwig, Brad Leali, Branford Marsalis, Jason Marshall, Bob Mintzer, Melton Mustafa, Dick Oates, Bill Reichenbach, Rufus Reid, Herlin Riley, Stephen Riley, Adonis Rose, Darius Rucker, Grady Tate, Billy Taylor, Gregory Tardy, The Temptations, Ray Vega, Fred Wesley, and Ron Westray among many others.
Much time has also been invested as an educator in jazz studies. Dr. Butler was named the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at California State University - East Bay in Hayward, California in 2013. He has also invested time in music throughout the community, having provided private lessons in trombone and jazz studies as well as participating in clinics/workshops throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, the Southeast, and central Texas. Butler has also held faculty and teaching positions at several institutions including Durham School of the Arts, East Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, Elon University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Texas at Austin, and Claflin University.
Mitch Butler is an exclusive Michael Rath Trombones artist and clinician.