• 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.



FEB. 5 - 7:30 p.m.
The Stars are out Friday!
The Wildwood Artist Series presents Pat Donohue & the Prairie All Stars with Butch as special guest, this Friday, Feb. 5th.

Fiddle/mandolin virtuoso Richard Kriehn, bassist Gary Raynor and drummer Peter Johnson round out the band for this evening of blues, jazz and everything else.
Please join us in beautiful Mahtomedi for a rockin’ welcome to the new year at a favorite venue, the Chautauqua Fine Arts Center.
Ticket info and directions here:

Hey, collectors...going...going...The very last of Butch's solo series on Daring Records. Order while they last!

Butch at home on his out-of-tune Steinway.On his out-of-tune Steinway, Butch plays his composition from 2015, In The Gloom.

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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The Hall Brothers in the mid 1960s play Mr. Johnson Turn Me Loose. Stan Hall, piano; Russ Hall, trombone, Mike Polad, banjo, Charlie DeVore, cornet & vocal, Bill Evans, bass, Doggie Berg, drums, and Butch on clarinet.

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.