Henry Butler. Photo by Paul LaRaia

New Orleans piano icon Henry Butler to be honored at NYC tribute concert

Venerated pianist and singer Henry Butler and his New Orleans roots will be the focal point of a special tribute concert at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City next month.

On October 29, the Lower Manhattan venue will host a bevy of musical guests as they salute the Calliope Projects native.  Steven Bernstein, Davell Crawford, Amy Helm, Richard Julian, Tom McDermott, John Medeski, Raul Midon, Arturo O’Farrill, Paul Shaffer, and the members of Butler’s final bands—The Hot 9 and Jambalaya— will perform. More guests will be announced and some very special unannounced guests are expected.

In two different configurations, guests will perform a medley of material aimed at celebrating the late Butler’s vast discography. Butler passed away in his longtime home-state of New York earlier this year. In his OffBeat obituary, Geraldine Wyckoff wrote, “Sightless since infancy, Butler maneuvered through life with ease, confidence and authority and played the piano the same way. He’d often smile when he knew he’d startled an audience with his piano prowess and ability to jump genres mid-song.”

Ticket proceeds will be applied to final burial expenses and to services the Jazz Foundation of America provides in support of jazz, blues, and roots musicians. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and show starts at 8:00 p.m.. Advance tickets are $35, day of show tickets are $45. Tickets available here.