Once you’ve heard what Henry Butler’s hands can create on those ivories, there’s no going back. 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.
To date, Butler has played almost every major club and festival in the United States, as well as venues in Brazil, France, Norway, Italy, Japan, Australia, and more. For over forty years, he has conducted workshops, clinics, and master classes throughout the country.
“These days, in performance, segueing from, say, an Allen Toussaint hit to a Thelonious Monk composition, categories simply fall away.”
Larry Blumenfeld, The Wall Street Journal
“Percussive in his attack, ostentatious with his technique...the picture of stubborn mischief — and, not coincidentally, of New Orleans pianism.”
Nate Chinen, The New York Times