• 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.

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ON TAP

As I do every year at about this time, I’m heading for New Orleans to play a few gigs, hear some music, and see some old friends. My first visit there was in July 1962, and it changed my life forever. Preservation Hall had only recently opened, so it was easy to walk in and find a seat; the long lines all the way up St. Peter Street and around the corner came just a few years later.

 

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Butch's Calendar here.


Butch & Sarah LaRose Holland with Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company
What a blast!

"Captured Currents, bodies of water"  The three performances with Sarah LaRose Holland's Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis Feb. 20-22 – an unmatchable experience for me. Slideshow coming soon. If you're on FaceBook, See photos here.
See slides of our celebrated 2013 show "Destination Twin Cities."

 

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).