Tag Archives: Henry Butler

The Funky Butt Brass Band, You Can Trust the Funky Butt Brass Band (Independent)

I once saw Henry Butler judge a big butt contest at the Funky Butt on Rampart Street and have been searching for another night like that ever since. Similar memories fuel the allegiance to New Orleans that brings tourists back year after year to worship at our soiled altars. For members of the Funky Butt [...]

Treme Wrap-Up: Musician, Know Thyself

[Spoiler Alert] After the first episode of Treme, someone on Twitter referred to Davis McAlary as the Jar Jar Binks of the show. The assessment’s brilliantly cold but wrong. Davis is a far more interesting character than Binks, but his stories are uncomfortable to watch because the wreck seems obvious before the train leaves the [...]

YouTube du Jour: Treme

During SXSW this year, HBO hosted a party for Treme, and though none of the cast or crew were there, the party screened a teaser for season two (which debuts April 24 at 8:30 CDT) and music by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Henry Butler and the Pine Leaf Boys. Here’s [...]

Henry Butler on HBO Blind Photographers Documentary Tonight

Anyone who’s heard New Orleans’ Henry Butler play piano has probably thought to themselves, “How does he do that?” And when finding out that such performances come from a blind man, his abilities become even more impressive. But playing music requires just the fingers and ears, and what’s truly incredible is that Butler is also [...]

Henry Butler Doc Debuts Sunday

[UPDATED] “Okay, can you swing it now? Can you swing it, please?” 17-year-old Natalie Clark implores New Orleans piano legend Henry Butler. “Uh, what do you mean?” an amused Butler asks. Differing music aesthetics aside, moments later Clark and Butler hammer out a passable—and decidedly non-country—version of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.” Butler’s piano [...]

A Thanksgiving Memory

As we all hunker down for serious eating, drinking and football, here’s a quick Thanksgiving story with a lesson. On Thanksgiving night 1997, the Afghan Whigs played a remarkable show at the Howlin’ Wolf. For the occasion, Greg Dulli had added Henry Butler, Roderick Paulin and a few more locals to augment the band, which [...]

June Yamagishi Hits the Spot at Mojo Coffee House

Mojo Coffeehouse 1500 Magazine St (504) 525-2244   Why Mojo? You know, I was playing with Henry Butler every Tuesday at Tipitina’s in the French Quarter and somebody asked for me one night: “Where y’at?” Henry Butler said, “He’s around the coffee shop on Magazine and Race.” Some Japanese people came ask for me, where [...]

Moving Time

Post-Katrina New Orleans has seen a consistent flux of musicians—some leaving for a fresh start, but some are moving here to make New Orleans their homes. While we’ve seen the likes of Henry Butler, Endre Landsnes and Clint Maedgen move away, we too have seen Mike Dillon and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz relocate [...]

Back in Business

Basin Street Records will celebrate its 10th anniversary and the release of four new albums Saturday, May 3 at Le Chat Noir on St. Charles Avenue. The label started in 1997 when it released Kermit Ruffins’ The Barbecue Swingers. Katrina’s forced owner Mark Samuels to move the business into his house, and he released one [...]

Henry Butler, PiaNOLA Live (Basin Street)

Henry Butler’s new album is exactly what the title promises, a pure, uncut blast of New Orleans piano. Solo piano albums at their simplest present the musician in the midst of a raw, physical pleasure, and you can hear that during some of Butler’s more athletic passages. Not only is he obviously enjoying the fact [...]