Butch Thompson

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Butch Thompson
Thompson at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2007
Thompson at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2007
Background information
Birth nameRichard Enos Thompson
Born (1943-11-28) November 28, 1943 (age 78)
Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, U.S.
GenresJazz, ragtime, stride
InstrumentsPiano, clarinet
Years active1962 – present

Butch Thompson (born November 28, 1943 in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota) is an American jazz pianist and clarinetist best known for his ragtime and stride performances.

Music career[edit]

Thompson was born in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, began playing piano at the early age of three, and began taking lessons at age six. At Stillwater Area High School, he played clarinet in the band. In 1962 he joined the Hall Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band in Minneapolis and remained with the band for twenty years. From 1974–1986, he was a regular on the radio show A Prairie Home Companion.[1] Since the 1960s, he has led the Butch Thompson Trio.[2]

In the 1970s, Thompson's recordings gained popularity in Europe. He toured the continent extensively in the 1970s and 1980s, both as a solo artist and as a band leader or member. He has written for jazz publications and produces a radio show, Jazz Originals, for KBEM-FM in Minneapolis.


  1. ^ Washington, Natasha (June 2, 2006). "Thompson Trio set for festival: This jazz pianist enjoys world-class reputation in his 40-year career". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Butch Thompson | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 December 2016.

External links[edit]

Media related to Butch Thompson at Wikimedia Commons