George Butler (record producer)

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George Butler (September 2, 1931 – April 9, 2008) was a prominent American jazz record producer, executive and A&R man. He worked for a number of well-known jazz record labels from the 1960s to the 1990s including Blue Note Records, Columbia Records and United Artists Records.[1] He signed and launched the careers of a number of now famous artists including Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr. and Nnenna Freelon.[1]


Butler was born in Charlotte, NC, and studied at Howard University before going on to earn a master's degree in music education from Columbia University. In the early 1960s he began working as an A&R executive for United Artists Records, where a few years later he was instrumental in establishing its Solid State Records jazz subsidiary.[2]

Butler died of complications from Alzheimer's disease in Castro Valley, California, at the age of 76.[1]


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