• 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.



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 is a Steinway Artist

It's that time of year again...
YULESTRIDE...Butch Thompson's YULESTRID CD - Butch plays his own arrangements of holiday music. Butch's popular holiday CD is still in stock, but limited. Order while they last!

Butch Thompson with drummer Hal Smith and bassist Marty Eggers. The Butch Thompson Trio!Butch and his Trio play Stardust Get the CD.


Butch is guest with Pat Donohue & the Prairie All Stars, Sunday Dec. 19th at 7:30 p.m. at the History Theater in St. Paul.

Sun. Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Butch is special guest with Pat Donohue & Prairie All Stars
Holiday Happening at
The History Theatre
30 East 10th St., St. Paul, MN
History Theater website

Wed., December 13, 8:00 p.m.
Butch with Dean Magraw at Vieux Carré in St. Paul
408 St. Peter Street, St. Paul
Vieux Carré website
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.