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Thursday, Mar 10, 2016

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Hilary Thavis Media

Butch Thompson

About Butch Thompson

In a career spanning over 45 years, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson has earned a world-wide reputation as a traditional jazz and ragtime master. He tours widely as a soloist or at the helm of any of his several ensembles, including his well-known Butch Thompson Trio, his eight-piece Jazz Originals band, the Butch Thompson Big Three, or his unique blues duo with fingerstyle guitarist Pat Donohue.

In 1974, he joined the staff as the house pianist of public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion. By 1980, the show was nationally syndicated, and the Butch Thompson Trio was the house band, a position the group held for the next six years.

By the late 1990s, Thompson was known as a leading authority on early jazz. He served as a development consultant on the 1992 Broadway hit Jelly’s Last Jam, which starred Gregory Hines. He also joined the touring company of the off-Broadway hit Jelly Roll! The Music and the Man, playing several runs with that show in New York and with its touring company through 1997.

In addition to extensive touring (he has traveled the world from Cairo to Tokyo) as a soloist and with his trio and 8-piece Jazz Originals Band, he finds time to write and teach. His writing has appeared in various magazines including Down Beat and The Mississippi Rag, and among his teaching credits are residencies at the American University in Cairo and the New England Conservatory of Music.

Among Thompson’s many recordings are his acclaimed 10-volume solo series on Daring/Rounder, the 1997 Grammy-winning Verve release Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton., and his latest release, the critically acclaimed duo CD Vicksburg Blues with guitarist Pat Donohue.

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“…the premier player in traditional jazz today.” – Jazz Journal International

“Beguiling piano Americana from an interpreter who knows that Bix was more than an impressionist and Fats was more than a buffoon.” – Village Voice


Hilary Thavis

About Hilary Thavis

Born in Italy to parents from Minnesota, Hilary Thavis grew up loving music — especially folk music — from Woody Guthrie to Italian folk singers like Fabrizio De André. But it was the blues that ultimately captured her attention. In the past years, she has toured extensively with the band Gaia Groove, performing in the United States as well as Europe and fine-tuning a repertoire of original and cover songs in both English and Italian. Her album, Trouble & Truth, is inspired by various musical currents, including blues, folk and jazz. It was released in 2011. A second album is currently in the works.

Hilary, who first appeared on the radio show A Prairie Home Companion in 2010 at the Tanglewood Music Festival in MA, was a guest performer on their 2013 summer cruise from Barcelona to Venice and their 2015 spring cruise in the Eastern Caribbean, as well as a number of shows in between.