• 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.

JAZZ PIANO & CLARINET

THE MUSIC

  • 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."


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

ON TAP

As I do every summer, I’m headed for New Orleans the first weekend in August to catch the Satchmo Summerfest, (Check it out here), annual celebration of Louis Armstrong’s birthday (Aug. 4, 1901) it's open to the public free of charge. The venue is the historic U.S. Mint at 400 Esplanade Ave. I'm leading a short gig in the tent near Barracks Street on Sat. at 1:30 pm. All of this is fine, but what I return for every year are the rare films and seminars. I always learn something new about the great man. I’ve been an Armstrong fanatic since the mid-fifties. When I was 14, my Dad took me to hear him live, and as my Dad would have put it, that was “all she wrote.”

 



Butch's Calendar here.


NEWS

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

BUTCH'S STORY

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). Latest shows on demand here.