Si Butler was influenced by guitarists Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, John Abercrombie and as well as more recent players such as Mike Moreno and Lage Lund. Building a modern personal vision on the evolution of jazz guitar fusing Jazz, Latin and Funk influences.
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Originally from London, Si Butler started playing classical guitar at the age of 9 and played in blues/rock/pop bands through High School. After exposure to John Mclaughlin at college he embarked on a jazz career performing regularly in the vibrant Manchester Jazz scene for 3 years until he attended Leeds College of Music, studying with Adrian Ingram and Mike Walker. Since moving to San Francisco in the mid 90s Si has played and recorded with many of the Bay Areas best jazz musicians including Smith Dobson (snr), Jeff Chambers, Jim Zimmerman, Gary Brown, John Stowell and top Brazilian musicians such as Marcos Silva, Weber Iago and Celso Alberti. Si teaches privately and for the (now-defunct) National Guitar Workshop where he taught the Jazz Guitar course at the San Francisco and Los Angeles campuses. Si is regular on the Bay Area jazz scene and has performed in Europe and Asia including a 3 month stay with his Brazilian trio at the renowned Oriental Hotel in Bangkok.