After signing his first record deal as a teenager with British record producer Clive Caulder's Jive Records, Jonathan Butler's premiere single became the first by a black artist to be played on white radio stations in South Africa. That early success was his ticket out of the apartheid country. The R&B/jazz guitarist and vocalist now lives in Southern California. Thursday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are $43, plus $10 minimum purchase. Call 202-337-4141 or visit bluesalley.com.