- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 3, 2016

Jazzy Jonathan Butler comes to the District’s iconic Blues Alley this weekend, where he will play cuts from his new album, entitled simply “Free.”

It’s a little early for Christmas, but Mr. Butler, a native of South Africa, is trotting out his holiday show, which blends roots, jazz and his faith in a higher power.

“I want my Christmas show to help people get into the Christmas spirit. These days it might be hard for us to remember what Christmas is all about,” Mr. Butler said in a statement provided to The Washington Times.

Mr. Butler, a Grammy nominee, has sold more than 1.8 million albums worldwide and returns home annually for his South African safari tour. He counts native son heroes Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela among his heroes.

“I also look up to and admire Stevie Wonder,” Mr. Butler said.

The musician has partnered with D’Angelico Guitars to encourage music students to pursue their dreams and work on their musical craft.

“Supporting the arts is so important. I love visiting and mentoring youth about music because it also leads to mentoring them about life,” Mr. Butler said. “D’Angelico helps me with that platform. I’m very grateful for that.

“It is also important to me that I can continue to help underprivileged kids. They are our future.”

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