• 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.



  • 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 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.

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Looking forward to collaborating once again with the very talented choreographer Sarah LaRose-Holland.  Last year we put together "Destination Twin Cities," a celebration of where we live.  I had never tried anything remotely like it before. We put together music and dance, and to my delight we really clicked.  

This time, renowned nature photographer Craig Blacklock joins our team as we celebrate the streams, lakes, rivers, eddies, and falls of our beautiful state in "Captured Currents - bodies of water," with music, dance and photography,  I've been sitting at the piano as we rehearse and fine-tune it all, and I have to say it's a joyful time for me. Details here.


Butch's Calendar here.

Butch & Sarah LaRose Holland with Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company

"Captured Currents, bodies of water"  Three performances: Fri. & Sat. February 20 & 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., and Sun. February 22 at 3 p.m. at the Lab Theater, 700 N. 1st St., Minneapolis. Click for details.
See slides of their celebrated 2013 show "Destination Twin Cities."


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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Butch hosts the Jazz Originals radio show on KBEM 88.5 FM in Minneapolis, Tuesdays at 7PM, and Sundays at 6PM (repeat).