• Butch Thompson on piano and clarinet

    The sweetness & bouyant rhythm

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    of New Orleans music

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    took hold of Butch & never let go.



It's that time of year again ...Yulestride CD, Christmas music arranged and played by Butch Thompson.My classic Yulestride CD stock (special digipak edition) is getting low, but my price is still $15. Order while they last!

Bethlehem After Dark, cellist Laura Sewell with Butch Thompson on piano, play reinterpretations of known and lesser known hymns and carols of the season.

Bethlehem After Dark features the beautiful cello of Lark Quartet founder Laura Sewell with Butch on piano, the two reinterpret known and less familiar hymns and carols. Special $10


December 5, Saturday I will be guest of the great fingerstyle guitarist Pat Donohue at Vieux Carré, 408 St. Peter Street, St. Paul. 651-291-2715.

Butch's Calendar here.

It is a great honor to be the 2015 recipient of the A.P. Anderson Award from the Anderson Center at Tower View in Red Wing, Minnesota. “Each year the Anderson Center presents the A.P. Anderson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Literature and the Arts in Minnesota.”


Butch Thompson is a Steinway Artist


Born in a small Minnesota river town, Thompson played Christmas carols on his mother’s upright piano by age three, and began formal lessons at six. He studied clarinet in high school, and as a teenager led his first professional jazz group, Shirt Thompson & His Sleeves.

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Butch and great drummer Hal Smith play If You Don't Shake

Butch hosts the Jazz Originals radio show on KBEM 88.5 FM in Minneapolis, Tuesdays at 7PM, and Sundays at 6PM (repeat). Latest shows on demand here.


  • Evolving Jazz Tradition

    Butch brings his own voice to the classic jazz repertoire of blues, stomps, ragtime and pop songs. From Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag to Duke Ellington's Mood Indigo, from Jelly Roll Morton's New Orleans jazz to the virtuosic stride piano of 1920s Harlem, Butch has played his personal style from Cairo to Kansas City.


    Whether he's working solo, with his well-known trio, or other ensembles around home or in New Orleans, Butch delivers variety and the pure, contagious joy of music making.

  • Jelly Roll Morton said it best

    Jazz was born in New Orleans, he said, from a gumbo of "everything from blues to opera. Jazz music is to be played sweet, soft, plenty rhythm. When you have your plenty rhythm with your plenty swing, it becomes beautiful."

some image One afternoon on a New Orleans porch. From left: Tom Ebbert, Brian O'Connell, Butch, Bill Huntington, Chuck Badie, Duke Heitger.