Sweet Georgia Brown / leave out theme to ann. 3/24/52 NYC., Loew´s King Theatre, VoA No.38-WPIX-news - JERRY JEROME´S ALL STAR JAZZ CONCERT-part-1: Red Allen (t,v) Big Chief Russell Moore (tb) Jerry Jerome (cl,ts) Dick Cary (p) Eddie Safranski (b) Don Lamond (d) Leonard Feather & Willis Connover (narr), 30 min. from the show in a Loew´s Theatre circuit series, later = "Hot vs.Cool".
After the war Butterfield indulged himself with every sideman’s dream and formed his own big band, in collaboration with former Crosby colleague Bill Stegmeyer. Butterfield took the enterprise seriously, commissioning arrangements from Ralph Burns, Bob Haggart, Bob Peck and Neal Hefti. For all his good intentions, however, the band proved to be a financial disaster. For a while he returned to studio work but then began freelancing, working with old comrades such as Eddie Condon, recording with Louis Armstrong (playing the trumpet obbligato to Satchmo’s vocal on the 1949 recording of ‘Blueberry Hill’) and leading small groups. In the late 60s he became a member of the World’s Greatest Jazz Band alongside former Crosby sidemen Bob Haggart and Yank Lawson. In the 70s he worked with Joe ‘Flip’ Phillips and toured extensively, usually as a solo. Much admired by fellow musicians, and eventually attracting the kind of attention from fans he had always deserved, Butterfield enjoyed a late flowering of his career although suffering from emphysema.
Billy Butterfield (January 14, 1917 in Middleton, Ohio – March 18, 1988) was a band leader, jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and cornetist.
He studied cornet with Frank Simons, but later switched to studying medicine. He did not give up on music and quit medicine after finding success as a trumpeter. Early in his career he played in the band of Austin Wylie. He gained attention working with Bob Crosby (1937–1940), and later worked with Artie Shaw, Les Brown, and Benny Goodman.