Frank Butler (musician)

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Frank Butler
Born (1928-02-18)February 18, 1928
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Died July 24, 1984(1984-07-24) (aged 56)
Ventura, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Elmo Hope, Miles Davis, Art Pepper, Curtis Counce, Harold Land

Frank Butler (February 18, 1928 – July 24, 1984) was an American jazz drummer. Butler was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but later moved west and was associated in large part with the West Coast school. He never became well known but was highly regarded by fellow musicians and performed with jazz notables like Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Art Pepper in the 1950s and 1960s. In the mid-to-late 1950s, he was a member of the Curtis Counce Quintet. Sidelined for many years by an addiction to heroin, he did not record an album under his own name until the 1970s.[1]

Butler died in Ventura, California at the age of 56.


Co-led with Curtis Amy

With Dolo Coker

With Curtis Counce

With Miles Davis

With Kenny Drew

With Teddy Edwards

With Victor Feldman

With Hampton Hawes

With Elmo Hope

With Fred Katz

With Harold Land

With Phineas Newborn

With Art Pepper

With Ben Webster

With Gerald Wilson


  1. ^ Gioia, Ted. West Coast Jazz: Modern Jazz in California, 1945-1960. p. 323. 


  • Feather, Leonard (1960). The Encyclopedia of Jazz. Horizon Press. 

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