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"It's listed as a "Fun Fact" on her bio, but when you listen to multi-talented, genre-busting (blues, jazz, pop soul) pianist, vocalist and composer/producer Jill Butler's aptly titled, wildly and adventurous debut JOYRIDE, you'll know it's truly her ongoing mission - devoting 100% of her time to uplifting the soul and uniting hearts through music. She brings her fiery and frolicsome, homegrown Louisiana lightning to a slate featuring both shimmering, percussive piano driven originals (including tributes to her professional musician parents and regional legend Carol Fran) and fanciful twists on classics by Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Charlie Chaplain and New Orleans great Allen Toussaint. While ensembling with a cadre of Louisiana Music Hall of Famers, Butler also spins fascinating flute, vibes and organ sounds on her synth." ~ SmoothJazz.com Global


Jill Butler


HOME BASE: Lafayette, Louisiana (USA)

MUSIC STYLE: Blend of Contemporary and Traditional Jazz with a little Lagniappe (something extra!)

INSTRUMENT(S): Jill Butler (Piano/Keyboards and Vocals) can perform Solo, with her Full Band, Duo, or Trio configuration. Her core band typically includes Bass, Drums, Guitar and Percussion but Violin, Trumpet or Sax can be included as needed.

COLLEAGUES: Dee Lucas (jazz saxophonist), Ellis Hall (Tower of Power), Ronnie Eades (National Music Hall of Fame), Dion Pierre (Grammy winner) , Beau Thomas (Grammy winner), Frank Kincel, Herb Green, Legendary Louisiana "Storyville Stomper" Horns, Lee Allen Zeno (Grammy winner), Clint Jones, Grant Dermody, Zydeco T Carrier, among others.


  • Jazzystyle.net Dual CD Release - Lafayette, LA
  • "Women in Jazz" - Pensacola, FL
  • Performing Arts Serving Acadiana - Lafayette, LA
  • Acadiana Center for the Arts Jazz Series
  • Opening Act for Matthew Whitaker - Lafayette, LA
  • Baton Rouge Blues Festival
  • (BMA Featured Artist) - Baton Rouge, LA
  • Festival International de Louisiane
  • (BMA Featured Artist) - Lafayette, LA
  • Kentucky Derby Events - Louisville, KY
  • Soulard Blues Show - St. Louis, Missouri
  • Mojo's Blues Bar - Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Governor's Pub (Paul Cranford Guest Artist)
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • + Many other festivals/venues throughout USA

SOCIAL FOLLOWERS: Facebook - 2000 followers

  • #21 Top 50 Listener Countdown
  • #35 SmoothJazz.com Radar Chart
  • SmoothJazz.com MOST ADDED "Unspoken"
  • 2024 Grammy Consideration "Traditional Pop Vocal Category (Great American Songbook)"
  • PASA (Performing Arts Serving Acadiana) Outstanding Arts Contribution Award
  • "Women Who Mean Business" Award for outstanding civic, philanthropy, and arts achievement
  • "You Are Sunshine" Recognition by Louisiana Governor's Office/National Guard for Original Songwriting Contribution to assist Underprivileged Children
  • Louisiana Blue Monday Allstars Recipient
  • Jazz Foundation of America: Music Contribution/Grant Recipient
  • Jazz Education Network Member / Educator