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NYC/NOLA Tribute Celebrating the Music and Life of Henry Butler

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NYC/NOLA Tribute Celebrating the Music and Life of Henry Butler

Oct 29, 2018

NYC/NOLA Tribute Celebrating the Music and Life of Henry Butler
(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St
Monday, October 29

Henry Butler, who died in July at the age of 69, was hopefully not the last but certainly one of the greatest in a long line of New Orleans piano giants that included Professor Longhair and James Booker and whose most famous modern day representative is Harry Connick, Jr.. They’re sometimes described as jazz musicians but just as often as rhythm-and-blues players; the larger truth, I expect, is that New Orleans keyboard playing is a genre unto itself that crosses into the territory of a lot of other musics, including Afro-Latin, Caribbean, and other world music genres. The Jazz Foundation of America, worthy organization that it is, has organized this celebration in conjunction with trumpeter Steve Bernstein, Butler’s bandleader-partner, in order to defray the might keyboardist’s final hospital expenses. As you’d expect, there’s going to be a spectacular lineup of artists, including lots of pianists. Officially listed in advance are: Davell Crawford, Amy Helm, Richard Julian, Tom McDermott, John Medeski, Raul Midon, Arturo O’Farrill, Paul Shaffer, and both of Butler’s outstanding final bands, The Butler-Bernstein Hot 9 and Jambalaya, as well as surprises and last-minute guests galore.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)