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“Debut CD of original compositions recognized as Best Large Jazz Ensemble in 2010 (NEW ORLEANS, LA) FEBRUARY 4, 2010: The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) won a Grammy Award for the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for their debut CD Book One at the 2010 Grammy Awards. Composed and arranged by Irvin Mayfield, the 31-year old Artistic director and founder of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Book One explores post-Katrina stagnation, the ongoing financial crisis, and falling in love. Members of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s include: Evan Christopher,Clarinet, Aaron Fletcher, Alto Saxophone, Norbert Stachel, Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Ed “Sweetbread” Petersen, Tenor Saxophone, Derek Douget, Tenor, Soprano Saxophone, Ronald Westray, Trombone, Mitch Butler, Trombone, Terrance Taplin, Trombone, Barney Floyd, Trumpet, Eric Lucero, Trumpet, Leon “Chocolate” Brown, Trumpet, Ashlin Parker, Trumpet, David Pulphus, Bass, Adonis Rose, Drums, Victor “Red” Atkins, Piano.”

“Nnenna Freelon "Swingles" Christmas with the John Brown Big Band.<br> ....The hits kept coming with a “Spiritual Medley” that included “Children Go Where I Send Thee,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” and a pupu platter of “O Little Town Of Bethlehem,” “Joy To The World,” and “Angels We Have Heard On High.” Interplay between Freelon and trombonist Mitch Butler, a well-kept secret until this point, steered the gospel meeting of tunes to a final jazzy destination. After such bravura, the audience predictably demanded an encore.”

“Power of the bone. Columbia-based trombonist and bandleader Mitch Butler, known best for his work with the bands Nebulous Jazztet and JazzBonez, will lead Modus Bone through a set of funk, fusion, be-bop-style originals, and cheerful standards. A native of Raleigh, N.C., Butler earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in music performance from East Carolina University. His horn is the dominant voice throughout the band's set.”

“The melodies emerging from the Claflin University Jazz Studies Program are stronger these days. Dr. Mitchell Butler, director of jazz studies, believes the program is fast becoming a leading destination for future jazz musicians in the state and beyond. “It's definitely going to be something that grows. I see it growing right now from student interest alone,” Dr. Butler said. Currently, he has 20 students involved in the Claflin Jazz Band and a host of others will be taking an ever expanding menu of jazz courses at the University. There are two jazz courses available for students on campus now: jazz ensemble and jazz improvisation. But Dr. Butler is set to add courses in jazz history, applied lessons, theory and composition and others in the near future. Dr. Butler is the first full-time director of jazz studies at Claflin. President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale's vision is for the jazz studies program to be embedded into the overall music curriculum.”

“The Township Auditorium Foundation closed their 2012 Summer Sets Jazz Series on August 14, 2012 with one of the best jazz groups in the state as Modus Bone brought the series to a close. With the ever evolving show moving to a different spot in the lobby, we did have one mainstay as Reggie Sullivan was on the bass. The rest of the line up for Modus Bone Jeremy Roberson of Weaving The Fate on drums, Nick Brewer of By the Bull and almost everything else in town, Chris Andrews on sax, Cheri Marree on vocals, and of course Mitch Butler on the Trombone!”