• 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.




Here is a video of one dance from “Captured Currents, Bodies of Water,” a show I did with choreographer Sarah LaRose-Holland in February at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis. This piece, titled “Fog,” features my original composition, choreography by Sarah LaRose-Holland and photography by Craig Blacklock. The dancers are Ashley Ann, Sarah Hauss and Johnny Bates, members of Sarah LaRose-Holland's Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company. This performance was produced by KBEM Jazz 88.

Visit Jazz 88's YouTube page for more videos from “Captured Currents.”

Listen to a special edition of Butch's Radio show devoted to Captured Currents on PRX

the man


As I do every summer, I’m headed for New Orleans the first weekend in August to catch the Satchmo Summerfest, (Check it out here), annual celebration of Louis Armstrong’s birthday (Aug. 4, 1901) it's open to the public free of charge. The venue is the historic U.S. Mint at 400 Esplanade Ave. I'm leading a short gig in the tent near Barracks Street on Sat. at 1:30 pm. All of this is fine, but what I return for every year are the rare films and seminars. I always learn something new about the great man. I’ve been an Armstrong fanatic since the mid-fifties. When I was 14, my Dad took me to hear him live, and as my Dad would have put it, that was “all she wrote.”


Butch's Calendar here.


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


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

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