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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

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

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.

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. ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan September 1-4, 2017 Those of us who have been following jazz music for a long time know that there are definite changes in the landscape these days that are having a major impact on the music scene. For starters, we recently have ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

19th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival, June 2-11, 2017 – Lineup Announced

19th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival, June 2-11, 2017 – Lineup Announced

Nineteen years is quite a long time for an underdog festival to exist, but with determination and ambition, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival has become a beloved cultural fixture of the Sonoma County area. With artistic director Jessica Felix at the helm, this yearly gathering of some of the very best jazz artists currently playing continues to ...

Viper's Drag

Label: Impulse! Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Viper's Drag; Dixie Walker; Buddy Bolden's Blues; Henry's Boogie; Gimmie a Pigfoot; Wolverine Blues; King Porter Stomp; I Left My Baby; Some Iko.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9: Viper's Drag

Read "Viper's Drag" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Cosa unisce la dissacrante verve di Steven Bernstein -estroverso leader dei Sex Mob e animatore di vari progetti con la Tzadik di John Zorn-col virtuosistico pianismo di Henry Butler, fortemente intriso di blues? Questa rilettura sul primo jazz di New Orleans è una delle risposte. La passione per la tradizione ha accomunato i due ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sullivan Fortner: Aria

Read "Aria" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

New Orleans has produced a bumper crop of notable pianists over its long and storied history--Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Harry Connick Jr., Jon Batiste--and it's not done yet. Sullivan Fortner, a twenty-eight year old piano phenom who's been a hot topic since receiving ...


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