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Once you’ve heard what bluesman Henry Butler’s hands can create on those ivories, there’s no going back. Those hands boogie that keyboard like no one else’s. Throw in a classically trained voice aching us through the blues, and you’re someplace you have never been before and would give anything to return to, again and again. Considered the premier exponent of the great New Orleans jazz and blues piano tradition, Butler is a ten-time Pinetop Perkins (formerly W. C. Handy) Best Blues Instrumentalist Award nominee. A rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues, and R&B, his music is as excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace. A rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues, and R&B, his music is as excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace

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Alligator Records: 50 Years of Genuine Houserockin’ Music

Label: Alligator Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: DISC 1: Give Me Back My Wig (Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers); I'm A Woman (Koko Taylor); Have Mercy (Big Walter Horton with Carey Bell); Somebody Loan Me A Dime (Fenton Robinson); It’s My Fault, Darling (Professor Longhair); Telephone Angel (Son Seals); Lights Out (Johnny Winter); Blue Monday Hangover (Albert Collins); Little Car Blues (James Cotton); The Dream (Albert Collins, Robert Cray & Johnny Copeland); Pawnshop Bound (William Clarke); Ridin' the Blinds (Live) (Lonnie Mack); Cold Lonely Nights (Live) (Lonnie Brooks); Soul Fixin’ Man (Live) (Luther Allison); Got My Mojo Working (Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown); Sloppy Drunk (Saffire–The Uppity Blues Women); That Did It (Roy Buchanan); Keep On Lovin' Me, Baby (The Paladins).


DISC 2: Love Disease (Michael Burks); I'm A Blues Man (Kenny Neal); Run Myself Out of Town (The Holmes Brothers); Jump Star (Little Charlie & The Nightcats); I'm Still Leaving You (Katie Webster); Don't Lose My Number (Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King); Corner Of The Blanket (The Kinsey Report); I Got A Rich Man's Woman (Carey Bell); Au Contraire, Mon Frere (C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band); There's A Devil On The Loose (Mavis Staples); Presumed Innocent (Michael Hill's Blues Mob); Not What You Said Last Night (Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin); Man Of Considerable Taste (Billy Boy Arnold): Ain't Seen My Baby (Cephas & Wiggins); Marfa Lights (Long John Hunter); Phone Line (Dave Hole): Josephine (Eric Lindell); I Won't Do That (Joe Louis Walker); That's What Love Will Make You Do (Janiva Magness); Going Back to Alabama (The Siegel-Schwall Band); Why Don’t You Live So God Can Use You? (Corey Harris & Henry Butler).
DISC 3: Party Town (Marcia Ball); What You See Is What You Get (Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials); In A Roomful Of Blues (Roomful of Blues); Blue and Lonesome (Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues); Outside of This Town (Christone "Kingfish" Ingram); Clotilda's On Fire (Shemekia Copeland); The Longer That I Live (Curtis Salgado); Living In a Burning House (Selwyn Birchwood); Midnight Hour Blues (Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite); Ain't No Fun (When The Rabbit Got The Gun) (The Cash Box Kings); Make It Back To Memphis (Live) (Tommy Castro & The Painkillers); A Woman (Live) (JJ Grey & Mofro); I'm Running (Rick Estrin & The Nightcats); You Didn't Think About That (Coco Montoya); Ice Cream In Hell (Tinsley Ellis); You Won't Have A Problem When I'm Gone (Chris Cain); Too Late (Guitar Shorty); The High Cost of Low Living (The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling); The Chicago Way (Toronzo Cannon).

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry Butler

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry Butler

All About Jazz is celebrating Henry Butler's birthday today! Once you’ve heard what bluesman Henry Butler’s hands can create on those ivories, there’s no going back. Those hands boogie that keyboard like no one else’s. Throw in a classically trained voice aching us through the blues, and you’re someplace you have never been before and would ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Flora Purim, Yelena Eckemoff, Lynne Arriale, John Taylor & More New Releases

Read "Flora Purim, Yelena Eckemoff, Lynne Arriale, John Taylor & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we'll be test driving some of the most happening jazz rides we've found in our favorite dealerships, from the return of Flora Purim to Steven Bernstein's heartfelt tribute to the late Henry Butler, and a special focus on pianists with the latest albums by Yelena Eckemoff, Enrico Pieranunzi, Lynne Arriale and a reissue of ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry Butler

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry Butler

All About Jazz is celebrating Henry Butler's birthday today! Once you’ve heard what bluesman Henry Butler’s hands can create on those ivories, there’s no going back. Those hands boogie that keyboard like no one else’s. Throw in a classically trained voice aching us through the blues, and you’re someplace you have never been before and would ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Part 2

Read "[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We continue our celebration of the Jazz Standard, after the announcement of its untimely closure. The capacity to appeal to both the beginner and the long-time jazz fan, and to combine the familiar with the unfamiliar, were some of the many strengths of Seth Abramson's artistic direction. Through a number of concerts recorded live ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Henry Butler, Ethel Ennis & More

Read "Henry Butler, Ethel Ennis & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Gary Bartz kicks off the 585th episode of Neon Jazz with Heavy Blue. From there, we profile cats who have been a part of his world and growth like Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Then, we get into a host of new and old tracks from the likes of Quinsin Nachoff, Chet Baker, Iris Ornig and ...

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Article: Year in Review

In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2018

Read "In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2018" reviewed by Maxim Micheliov


As 2018 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to remember the extraordinarily gifted musicians who made an indelible mark on jazz. With sadness, we bid farewell to NEA Jazz Masters Bob Dorough, Nancy Wilson and Cecil Taylor as well as trumpeters Hugh Masekela, Tomasz Stanko, Jerry González and Roy Hargrove.

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News: Obituary

Henry Butler, 1948-2018

Henry Butler, 1948-2018

The gifted New Orleans pianist Henry Butler has died. He was 69. Noted for virtuosity at the keyboard and soulful depth as a singer, Butler pursued his career primarily in his home city, with frequent tours overseas. Blinded by glaucoma as an infant, he excelled academically at all levels and dazzled other musicians with his skill. ...

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Article: Profile

A Vintage Year For Jessica Felix And The Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Read "A Vintage Year For Jessica Felix And The Healdsburg Jazz Festival" reviewed by Arthur R George


It's a 20th anniversary vintage year for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, pouring over the first ten days of this coming June, in the Sonoma County “wine country" 70 miles north of jny:San Francisco. That there is a festival at all is due to the tenacity of its artistic director Jessica Felix, who planted jazz in Healdsburg ...


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