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Butch Cornell
Butch (a.k.a. Daahoud Hadi) was born on 21 November 1941 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He began his musical career at the age of 10, studying classical piano at the Cadek Conservatory. He credits his aunt Rinaldo for his earliest musical experiences. At the age of 14, he began on piano with Charles Young (saxophone) and the Pace Setters Band (which also featured Joe Burke, drums; Joe Bennett or Joe Dossett, bass; and Jimmy Swan, vocalist) in and around the Chattanooga area.
After graduating from Howard High School, Butch moved to Harrisburg, PA where he formed an organ (Hammond B-3) trio, and worked several club dates and concerts on the east coast and in the mid-west. He recorded his first hit single, "Goosepimples" during this time.
In 1970, Butch moved to New York City. While living there, he worked with many top-rated musicians and singers, i.e.: Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, Grover Washington, Jr., George Coleman, Grant Green, Woody Shaw, Arthur Prysock, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, etc., performing in most of the United States, Europe, Japan and South America. He started his long association with Stanley Turrentine in September of 1970, and in the same year recorded the classic album "SUGAR" with Stanley for CTI Records. He also recorded his own hit composition "Sunshine Alley", for CTI Records. He was a part of Stanley's regular working group for 10 years. This group consisted of Roland Prince, guitar; Billy Kaye or Eddie Moore, drums; Butch Cornell, Hammond B-3 organ and Stanley on tenor saxophone.
In 1979, Butch moved to Los Angeles, California. There he worked with Plas "Pink Panther" Johnson, Calvin Keyes, Smoky Robinson's saxophonist, Fred Smith and his own trio and quartet. He again also worked part-time with Stanley Turrentine.
Returning to Chattanooga in 1990, Butch Cornell formed a new group, "Butch Cornell & Friends", and starting playing jazz music in and around the city. He also performed with some of Chattanooga's greats; Ed Leamon, Brent King, Dexter Bell, Eddie Edwards. He also founded "Friends of Jazz, Inc" Jazz Society and produced many Jazz concerts at Miller Plaza, UTC Roland Hayes Concert Hall, The Blue Note Jazz Club, The Comedy Catch and Chattanooga's Southside Jazz Junction, owned by Dr. Barry and Becky Robertson. In 1999 Butch became ill with kidney failure (Dialysis) and stopped traveling and performing for a while.
In 2008, Butch returned to the performing arena with a new sound. He also played organ for and was a member of Prospect Missionary Baptist Church in Chattanooga. Butch passed away on 07th December 2008 after a long period of illness.
picture of Butch Cornell
picture of Butch Cornell
picture of Butch Cornell
picture of Butch Cornell
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Here 'tis Now
Ru-Jac Records 45-RJ-09
released 1965
Butch Cornell, organ
and his trio
Smoking With Willis
Cadet DJLP 763
released 1965
recorded November 1965 in New York, NY/USA
Willis Jackson, tenor sax
Franklyn Robinson, trumpet
Butch Cornell, organ Vincent Corrao, guitar
Bob Bushnell, bass
David Niskanan, drums
CTI ZK 40811
released 1971
recorded November 1970 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Billy Kaye, drums
Butch Cornell, organ
Lonnie L. Smith jr., piano
George Benson, guitar
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Ron Carter, bass
Richard "Pablo" Landrum, conga
People & Love
Milestone MSP 9043
released 1973
recorded August 1972 in New York City/USA
Johnny Lytle, vibes
Marvin Cabell, tenor sax, flutes
Daahoud Hadi, piano, organ
Betty Glamann, harp
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Jozell Carter, drums
Arthur Jenkins, congas, percussion
The Sugar Man
CTI 6052 S1
released 1975
recorded 1971-1973 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Stanley Turrentine, tenor saxophone
Jerome Richardson, tenor saxophone, flute
Curtis Fuller, trombone
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
George Benson, guitar
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Sivuca, guitar
Eric Gale, guitar
Eumir Deodato, piano
Harold Mabern, piano
Butch Cornell, organ
Dave Friedman, vibes
Ron Carter, bass
Russell George, bass
Billy Cobham, drums
Idris Muhammad, drums
Airto Moreira, percussion
Ray Barretto, conga

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