Billy Butterfield

Billy Butterfield (January 14, 1917 – March 18, 1988) was a bandleader, jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and cornetist.

He studied cornet with Frank Simon, 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.

He recorded two albums with Ray Conniff in the 1950s (Conniff meets Butterfield) and 1960s (Just Kiddin’ Around). Later in the 1960s he recorded two albums with his own orchestra for Columbia Records. Billy was a member of the World’s Greatest Jazz Band led by Yank Lawson and Bob Haggart from the late 1960s until his death in 1988. He also freelanced as a guest star with many bands all over the world, and performed at many jazz festivals, including the Manassas Jazz Festival and Dick Gibson’s Bash in Colorado.