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Immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies of smooth jazz with Jonathan Butler at the UTSA Buena Vista Theater downtown on Saturday, Jan. 13. He will perform in two shows, one at 7 pm and one at 9:30 pm. Butler, a singer-songwriter and guitarist, is performing as part of the monthly Jazz on the Water concert series which brings in nationally recognized artists to the Alamo City.Butler, born in South Africa under the shadow of apartheid and raised in poverty, was the first non-white artist to be played on South African radio and appear on national television. His musical abilities would take him away from the world he grew up in. Butler would not forget the plight of his fellow South Africans or the man who led them to freedom. For this reason, Nelson Mandela credits Butler’s music as having inspired him during his imprisonment. At thirteen, Butler’s talents caught the eyes and ears of the British record producer Clive Caulder. He was signed to Caulder’s Jive Records, and the rest is history. Butler’s first single broke down racial barriers, becoming the first song by a Black artist in South Africa, played by white radio stations, and won the South African equivalent of a Grammy award.His commitment to his craft came to fruition with his self-titled debut album, which received a Grammy nomination for the pop hit “Lies.” An instrumental “Going Home” earned him another Grammy nomination, and the mid-tempo ballad “Sarah, Sarah” confirmed Butler’s place in popular music. In 2023, Butler released “Ubuntu,” …

Immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies of smooth jazz with Jonathan Butler at the UTSA Buena Vista Theater downtown on Saturday, Jan. 13. He will perform in two shows, one at 7 pm and one at 9:30 pm. Butler, a singer-songwriter and guitarist, is performing as part of the monthly Jazz on the Water concert series which brings in nationally recognized artists to the Alamo City.

Butler, born in South Africa under the shadow of apartheid and raised in poverty, was the first non-white artist to be played on South African radio and appear on national television. 

His musical abilities would take him away from the world he grew up in. Butler would not forget the plight of his fellow South Africans or the man who led them to freedom. For this reason, Nelson Mandela credits Butler’s music as having inspired him during his imprisonment. 

At thirteen, Butler’s talents caught the eyes and ears of the British record producer Clive Caulder. He was signed to Caulder’s Jive Records, and the rest is history. Butler’s first single broke down racial barriers, becoming the first song by a Black artist in South Africa, played by white radio stations, and won the South African equivalent of a Grammy award.

His commitment to his craft came to fruition with his self-titled debut album, which received a Grammy nomination for the pop hit “Lies.” An instrumental “Going Home” earned him another Grammy nomination, and the mid-tempo ballad “Sarah, Sarah” confirmed Butler’s place in popular music. 

In 2023, Butler released “Ubuntu,” an 11-track collection produced by Marcus Miller. Featuring special guests Keb’ Mo’ and Stevie Wonder on harmonica, the new album serves both as a rebirth of musical creativity and reconciliation with systematically biased history to forge a brighter future. To get tickets to the Jan. 13 concert, visit (JazzOnTheWaterUS.com).

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