The Emporium of Jazz, Mendota, Minnesota


workshops • residencies • lecture/demos


Well known as a leading performer of traditional jazz and ragtime, Butch is also adept in the classroom. His expertise in early jazz and its culture makes him a natural fit for any music, humanities, American history or arts curriculum.

He has classroom experience at all levels, kindergarten through post-graduate, and offers a comprehensive menu of workshops. He is also happy to work out special material for your syllabus in addition to the following menu:

  • The history of ragtime and early jazz (1899-1930).
  • Improvisation in early jazz.
  • Ragtime and early jazz piano technique
  • Regional styles in piano jazz: New Orleans, New York, and the Midwest.

Butch Thompson's lectures draw freely from his experiences as a performing musician as well as his research, giving these topics a personal slant and immediacy that bring the music and its environs alive in the classroom.






See the CONTACT PAGE for information on how to get in touch with Butch about teaching opportunities.