Henry Butler was blinded by glaucoma in infancy. His musical training began at the Louisiana State School for the Blind, where he learned to play valve trombone, baritone horn and drums before focusing his talents on singing and piano. Butler was mentored at Southern University, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by clarinettist and educator Alvin Batiste. Butler later earned a masters degree in music at Michigan State University in 1974, and received the MSU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009. He is known for his technique and his ability to play in many styles of music. In 1987, The New York Times music critic, Jon Pareles, wrote that Butler "revels in fluency and facility, splashing chords all over the keyboard and streaking through solos with machine-gun articulation. In 1998, the Chicago Tribune arts critic, Howard Reich, described Butler as "an enormous intellect matched by unusual physical strength." Referred to by Dr. John as "the pride of New Orleans," Butler is his generation's representative in the Crescent City's lineage of piano players such as Professor Longhair, James Booker, Tuts Washington, and Jelly Roll Morton. Enjoy this delightful interview with Henry Butler, recorded 5/22/14 in Los Angeles, CA. For more information on Henry visit him on www.henrybutler.com. Henry Butler died in New York City on Monday (July 2). He died of end-stage cancer, He had been diagnosed with the illness more than a year ago. was 68 years old. Knowing Henry sadden me beautiful brother heart of gold and will be truly miss.
Songs in order 1, Orleans Inspiration Live "Orleans Inspiration Live" 2, Fivin Around "Fivin Around" 3, Jump to the Music "Homeland" 4, Butler's Boogie "Blues After Midnite" 5, Basin St. Blues "PiaNOLA Live" 6, Viper's Drag "Viper's Drag"
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