JAZZ PIANO & CLARINET
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.
MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS
Whether he's working solo, with his well-known Butch Thompson Trio, New Orleans jazz 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."
One afternoon on a New Orleans porch. From left: Tom Ebbert, Brian O'Connell, Butch, Bill Huntington, Chuck Badie, Duke Heitger.
MARCH 8, Sunday, 7PM at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul. It's my pal Pat Donohue's Roots Revue with the Prairie All Stars and a deep cast of musical characters (I am one of them). You'll hear blues, country, jazz, rock 'n roll – all the touchstones of American music. The ultra-inventive Mr. Donohue will also try to build a song from the ground up with the help of the audience. See you at the Fitz! Tickets here.
Butch's Calendar here.
What a blast!
"Captured Currents, bodies of water" The three performances with Sarah LaRose Holland's Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis Feb. 20-22 – an unmatchable experience for me. Slideshow coming soon. If you're on FaceBook, See photos here.
See slides of our celebrated 2013 show "Destination Twin Cities."
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.
Butch hosts the Jazz Originals radio show on KBEM 88.5 FM in Minneapolis, Tuesdays at 7PM, and Sundays at 6PM (repeat).