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Interview:Marty Buttwinick Musician, Composer & Teacher

Interview with Marty Buttwinick

I’ve been involved with music my entire life. Its all I’ve ever done. For the past forty years Ive been a local working guy playing music and it’s been a blast!

Throughout these years to the present I’ve worked with the Drifters, Edgar Winter, Martha and the Van Dellas, Ray Charles and many others. I’ve played a good share of musicals, hundreds of casuals (private parties) and various club gigs including Las Vegas/Reno cabaret acts, reggae groups, swing groups, big bands, celebrity look alikes, Polynesian shows, disco and R&B acts, Broadway-type acts, comedy acts, award ceremonies, Latin acts and amusement park show bands.

I’ve recorded jingles for NBC and CBS, needle drop libraries for Capitol Records and Soap Opera incidental music All of My Children and Desperate Housewives, as well as a few Rock, Gospel and reggae/calypso albums and hundreds of songwriter demos mostly in the styles of pop, funk, country, soul and R&B.

An additional main focus has been editing my published materials, The Musicians’ How-To-Series. I’ve been bringing them up to date so they flow with today’s world of the Internet and Social Media. They cover the full scope of how you can create the musical life you want, as well as exactly what it takes to make a living playing music.

Life is not boring!
Marty B.


July 3, 1952 – January 10, 2017 Marty was born and raised in Los Angeles and attended Fairfax High School. He fought a brave and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer never giving up hope for survival. Marty was a well known and talented musician, music teacher, composer, and author, who loved life and inspired all who knew him. Marty is survived by his son, Sable Cantus (Laurie), his grandsons, Jacob, Ethan and Liam, brother Ed (Linda) and niece Jill (Lou) their children Danny and Matt and niece Karen (David) and their children Julia and Aaron. Marty leaves his many devoted friends, especially Randy and Cyndie Tobin, Sheila Zimmerman, and Laurie Sutherland who continually supported him throughout his illness.

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 18 to Jan. 22, 2017

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