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Butch Thompson

Instruments  Piano, clarinet
Genres  Jazz, Ragtime, Stride
Years active  19??-present
Name  Butch Thompson
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Origin  Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation(s)  Musician, songwriter, record producer, bandleader
Associated acts  Hall Brothers Jazz Band,
Role  Jazz Pianist ยท
Albums  Yulestride, Plays Jelly Roll Morton Piano Solos
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Butch Thompson (born 1943) is an American jazz pianist and clarinetist best known for his ragtime and stride performances.

Early life

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. In high school, he played clarinet in the school band. In 1962, after entering the University of Minnesota, Thompson joined the Hall Brothers Jazz Band of Minneapolis. In the following years, he took time to visit New Orleans and learn from musicians there. Thompson was one of a handful of non-locals to play at the city's Preservation Hall.

Later life and career

He has created musical groups including the Butch Thompson Trio and New Orleans Jazz Originals. Thompson gained a wide audience as the pianist and bandleader for A Prairie Home Companion from 1974 to 1986. The Butch Thompson Trio was formed for the radio show in 1978, and continues to perform today. Thompson and his group maintain a close relationship with the radio program and appear regularly.

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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. Thompson has written for jazz publications and produces a radio show, Jazz Originals, for KBEM-FM in Minneapolis.


Lily Queen
Good Old New York
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Deck the Halls
Angels From the Realms of Glory
We Three Kings
Adeste Fidelis
Blues in Ab
Maple Leaf Rag
Honky Tonk Town
Wonderful One
Sweet Little You
Gypsy Love Song
Dirty Rag
Maybe You're Mine
Dead Bug Blues
I Want Somebody to Love
All That I Ask Is Love
Tiger Rag
Sunday Rag
A Solas
Krooked Blues
King Porter Stomp
Take the a Train
Elite Syncopations
I Hate a Man Like You
Silent Night
Swipesy Cakewalk
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Away in a Manger
Euphonic Sounds


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