Paul Butterfield was one of my heroes. He was a great harp player and led some of the greatest bands of the era.
For a time we were both living in the Hyde Park area of Chicago's south side. I'd see Paul at the corner of 55th and Cornell. Paul was a mythic figure in Chicago. "Butter's" harp playing has heavily influenced my own harp playing over the years. "Butter" was such a hero to us that my friends and I went to the locations where the "East West" album cover photos were taken and did our own versions of the photos.
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My teacher, friend and mentor Joe Daley. Follow the link and read about an influential Jazz musician. Joe Daley was a Chicago Jazz Legend t...