Gerry Butler

Independent Historian

Gerry Butler has a History Degree from the University of Washington specializing in Military History. Though his current career is in technology and Healthcare, his passions will always be researching history, traveling to major historical sites of the world, and spending as much time as possible with his wife (Karen) and children (Jack and Lily).

Louis Daniel Armstrong (1901-1971)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Louis Armstrong is perhaps the most important and influential person in the history of jazz music, swing music, and jazz vocal styling.  His virtuosic ability with the trumpet, his distinctive gravelly low vocal style, his bright personality, and his band … Read MoreLouis Daniel Armstrong (1901-1971)

Billie Holiday (1915-1959)

Image Ownership: Public domain Billie Holiday is considered by many critics and fans to have been one of the most important jazz vocalists of the twentieth century. Her difficult life of poverty, abusive relationships, and drug abuse helped give her voice a deep, raw emotion … Read MoreBillie Holiday (1915-1959)

Miles Davis (1926-1991)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Miles Davis was one of the most influential and innovative jazz musicians of the 20th Century.  He constantly altered his sound to introduce new forms of jazz and led the progression of jazz from the 1940s to the 1980s. Miles Dewey … Read MoreMiles Davis (1926-1991)

Edward “Duke” Ellington (1899-1974)

Image Courtesy of the Library of Congress Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington is one of the greatest jazz composers, performers, and bandleaders in American history.  His compositions, and the travels of his band, exposed the world to jazz and earned him the nickname, “The Ambassador of … Read MoreEdward “Duke” Ellington (1899-1974)

Roberto Clemente (Walker) (1934-1972)

Image Courtesy of Don Sparks Roberto (Walker) Clemente is widely considered one of the leading right fielders in baseball; he is as well known for his selfless humanitarian dedication to providing aid to Latin American people in need. Clemente was born in barrio San Anton … Read MoreRoberto Clemente (Walker) (1934-1972)