• 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.



  • 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 Butch Thompson Trio, 8-piece band, or other ensemble (see Shows), 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.

the man


NOVEMBER 22 - Saturday - New York, NY
6 pm, The Town Hall, 124 West 43rd Street
As a special guest on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, I'll be celebrating the music of the great James P. Johnson, writer of The Charleston, Old Fashioned Love, If I Could Be With You, and many more. I'll have help from the great trumpeter Jon-Eric Kellso and Vince Giordano, music director of Boardwalk Empire.

PHC website

Butch's Calendar here.

The Butch Thompson Trio Plays Favorites, celebrating 20 years
Yulestride Digipak edition, 20 year anniversary. Butch's own arrangements of Holiday music, from We Three Kings to Ave Maria, Jingle Bells to Silent Night, 17 tracks in all. CD PAGE


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