Jazz bassist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Joël Dilley has performed or recorded with Willie Nelson, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow, Arturo Sandoval, Richie Cole, Russian classical/jazz pianist Valery Grokhovsky, and regional symphony orchestras. Compositions from his four critically-acclaimed albums have been licensed for broadcast and commercial use worldwide, including tracks on HBO, Food Network, Discovery Channel, and the Travel, Cooking, and Playboy channels. A featured guest bassist on Public Radio International's "Whad'Ya Know" and a featured composer on Texas Public Radio's "Classical Spotlight," he has been a nominee and finalist in the New Age, Instrumental, and Jazz categories of the Independent Music Awards and International Songwriting Competition.
Singer/songwriter and jazz pianist Bett Butler's song "When Love Has Left the Room" won first place in the jazz category of the International Songwriting Competition, and her album American Sampler won the Cabaret category of the Independent Music Awards and remained in the top 10 on iTunes' Great American Songbook chart its first week in release. She was listed in the San Antonio Business Journal's "Women of Influence in the Arts," chosen by the City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs for artist development training by the Creative Capital Foundation, and featured as the city's artist of the month. The inaugural recipient of the Texas Music Coalition's Fred Weiss Memorial Grant for professional development, she was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame in 2011.
Butler & Dilley, the first married couple to have won separate individual grants from the Artist Foundation, spend their days (and many of their nights) in their recording studio, Mandala Music Production, along with their two boxer puppies, Billie & Mingus.
"Their simpatico as a musical duo was immediately apparent….Butler demonstrated a tremendous facility for scat singing, vocalizing over solo bass accompaniment….Dilley's bass playing is broad-toned, dexterous and harmonically advanced in a style slightly reminiscent of Miroslav Vitous….Both he and Butler are close to the blues conceptually, even while evidencing a classical education and advanced jazz technique."--John Swenson, Life & Mind Desk, UPI
"This talented married couple practically read each other's minds at this stage of their tasteful musical partnership, which only means the surprises at these intimate shows are conveyed by a nod or a wink or a slight breath between the two. Their musical output has been especially superb of late, from Dilley's latest...album A New World to…singer-songwriter Butler's jazzy, bluesy compositions."--Hector Saldaña, San Antonio Express-News
"A true artist....Her forte is creating rich story songs fluttering over a South American/South Philly soundscape we have to call jazz because the right word hasn't been invented."--Michael Corcoran, www.austin360.com
"Breathes new life into old songs with fresh arrangements and a flair for the exotic."--Jay Trachtenburg, Austin Chronicle
"Put simply, pianist/vocalist Bett Butler and bassist Joel Dilley make great records."--Jim Beal, San Antonio Express-News