Date:   8/19/2000

Butch Thompson to Appear!

Butch Thompson will be in concert at Thrasher’s Opera House on Saturday, August 19, 2000,
at 7:30 p.m. Thompson, described by Jazz Journal International as "the premier player in traditional jazz today," maintains a busy schedule of concerts, festivals, recording and teaching. Highlights of his current season are appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Cairo Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic, and many other orchestras; solo tours in Hungary and Japan; national touring with his well-known trio and concerts with his new eight-piece band, The New Orleans Jazz Originals. 

Continuing an association of over 20 years, he will also guest several times on Garrison Keillor's nationally syndicated radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. By the early 70s, his recordings on both piano and clarinet had been noticed abroad, and he toured Europe, Scandinavia and Australia.  During the 70s and 80s, Butch toured frequently in Europe, playing festivals and solo concerts. In 1985, he formed his King Oliver Centennial Band, which toured in Europe through the late 80s. More recently, he has appeared at  festivals and toured in England,  Finland, Hungary and Germany. In 1974, Butch began his well-remembered 12-year run as the house pianist on A Prairie Home Companion, dating back to the show's second broadcast in July of that year. 

The Butch Thompson Trio, formed for the show in 1978, was the house band until 1986. Since then, Butch has appeared often as a guest on the show. In addition to his career as a performer, Butch writes articles and reviews on jazz and produces his own weekly show, Jazz Originals, on KBEM radio in Minneapolis. His writing has appeared in Down Beat, The Mississippi Rag, Keyboard Classics, New Orleans Music, and other magazines, as well as in various CD booklets, among them the 1937 GRP release Jelly Roll Morton: Last Recordings.  

Thompson's most recent CD, Thompson Plays Joplin, was released February 1998. This solo is the ninth in Thompson's acclaimed solo series for the Daring/Rounder label. He also played on the Grammy-nominated 1997 Verve release Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton. His 1968 album Butch Thompson Plays Jelly Roll Morton Piano Solos was recently reissued on a CD by Biograph. 

The Butch Thompson concert is sponsored by Bull Moose Mercantile, Princeton, and will be held at Thrashers Opera House, 506 Mill St., Green Lake, on Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Butch Thompson are $15 for adults and $8 for students and are available at Green Lake State Bank, Knowledge Emporium and Thrasher’s Opera House Corporation Office (next door to the opera house) and Ripon Drug or by calling Thrasher’s Opera House at (920) 294-4279, or (888) 441-0140. 

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