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Bett Butler & JoŽl Dilley

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   "Having recently lived in San Francisco and Manhattan, I was stunned to hear Butler's trio performing jazz with more sophistication than I'd heard on either coast. She can be even more virtuosic live, improvising on jazz standards with incredible timing or lushly intoning the Tin Pan Alley songbook. If that's not enough, she's also a devastating scat singer and a beautiful stage presence.
     With husband JoŽl Dilley, a lithe, powerful bassist whose inexhaustible solos are dynamic and original; and the gnomic Buddha of Brass, trumpeter Cecil Carter, who never met a note he couldn't caress into a lovely tone; Butler leads an ensemble that always sounds new. Their jazz conversations are selfless integrations in pursuit of a higher performance art. Each instrument voices subtle shadings, sudden angles of entry, replenishing the standards with passion, innovation, and wit. Their jazz conversations are so hip, exciting, and entertaining, we may forget that behind these first-rate performances of the standards there are three composers whose own work must not go unheard, since their finest pieces will be tomorrow's standards."
ófrom "Wings of a Butterfly," a review by Roberto Bonazzi, official biographer of John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me)

     "I believe one of the most important things we can do at our event is to provide innovative programming with music and texts....and when the program we present turns out to be gorgeous music superbly performed, as it did Saturday night......well, it was very much a "died and gone to heaven" moment for me and I think for most folks present. I've been blessed in my life to hear some remarkable music performances...and I sincerely believe that the three of you have created something exceptionally fine." ó
Jack Brannon, Director, 6th Annual Poetry at Round Top Festival