One would expect nothing less from a legend. Jonathan Butler performs "Homecoming" on Saturday night at Kippies from 7pm and expect a repertoire that includes old favourites and newer material.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of his appearance at the CTICC, Butler who has lived in the United States for more than three decades and has a gentle American drawl, delighted media when he spoke a little bit of Afrikaans, reminiscing about the old days in the area he was born, in Athlone.
He said he keeps hearing the words legend here in South Africa to describe himself. "But I am not dead and I haven't quite made it; I have made it in a way that suits me. Legend and legacy - I don't know, man," he said, urging those who wanted to get to know him to go to his street in Athlone.
Ever conscious of his background - he was the youngest of 13 children - he admits he started playing music as a self-taught laaitjie to help feed his family and it took off from there.
While he lives in Los Angeles, he's adamant that here in South Africa we have a distinct brand of homegrown jazz we need to be proud of. "Just because I live in Los Angeles doesn't mean I am not in tune with South African music.