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Teaches Guitar, Jazz Improvisation, Music Theory

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Teaches at:
Areas of Instruction

Guitar, Jazz Improvisation, Music Theory

Current Band(s)/Gig(s)

Jazz funk band playing in Long Beach

Current Projects

Records as solo artist - recent jazz release "Sonic Stew"


Bachelor's Degree in History

Favorite Bands

Jimi Hendrix, Kool & The Gang, The Weather Report, Carlos Santana

Favorite Instruments

Guitar, Bass, Pedal Steel Guitar

Levels Taught


Performance Experience

Performed with The Fatback Band and appeared on gold record Brite Lights Big City, Performed and toured the U.S. with The Drifers, Recorded with Stephen Perkin's jazz band Banyan, Recorded with Mike Watt - Ball Hog and Tug Boat

Specialties / Genres Taught

Rock, Funk, Country, Celtic, Jazz, Latin Rock, Blues

Teaching Experience

20 years teaching private guitar lessons

About Patrick

Patrick Butler has studied and played guitar with some of the icons of Funk, Rock, Jazz and Celtic music. He has studied with guitarists Harry Leahey, Uli Roth, and Roland Prince. As a teenager Butler began studying with Harry Leahey at age fifteen, was a student of Johnny Smith, the Master of Chordal Theory, and Dennis Sandole, whose most famous students included saxophonist John Coltrane and guitarist Pat Martino.

After touring stints with the Fifties icons The Drifters, Butler was invited to Join The Fatback Band, a funk unit from Queens, New York. The First record he recorded with Fatback, Brite Lites/Big City, went gold.

Butler spent the next several years touring extensively with Fatback. He recorded two more records with the band, including XII, which contains the track King Tim III, the first rap track ever released on a major label.

Moving to Los Angeles, Butler recorded with Stephen Perkins’ acid jam band, Banyan which included Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He also appears on Mike Watt’s Sony release: Ball Hog or Tug Boat on a track featuring Henry Rollins.

Into the new millennium Butler went back to his roots and lead and toured with the Celtic rock band Superkeltic; the band was mentioned as one of the top Celtic rock band in America by Winnie Czulinski in her history of Celtic music, Drone On! Butler currently plays with the Long Beach, CA-based MajicBulletThroey and is an alumnus of Uli Jon Roth’s Sky Academy.

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