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)

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)