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New Orleans pianist Henry Butler (left) and arranger and trumpeter Steven Bernstein will release their collaborative record, Viper's Drag, in the U.S. on July 15.
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July 13, 2014 The long-defunct Impulse Records is staking its future on pianist Henry Butler. The label relaunches this month, for a second time, with a collaboration between Butler and trumpeter Steven Bernstein.
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January 4, 2011 The great saxophonist was introduced as "John D. Allen" on Toast of the Nation 1994. This year's broadcast features Allen as the leader of his own hard-charging trio, with special guests Ron Miles on cornet and Henry Butler on piano.
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Allen Toussaint keeps the New Orleans jazz-piano tradition alive in a concert from the Kennedy Center.
February 11, 2010 New Orleans is not only the cradle of jazz. It's also the birthplace of great jazz piano, dating back to the early 1900s, when Jelly Roll Morton tickled the ivories. Hear three pianists who are keeping upholding that great tradition — Allen Toussaint, Henry Butler and Jon Cleary — onstage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with Keys to New Orleans.
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Professor Longhair's "Tipitina" is a New Orleans funk staple and a template for the New Orleans piano style.
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February 18, 2009 One of the beauties of New Orleans piano music is that once you hear it, you'll know it whenever you encounter it again. It's Mardi Gras week in New Orleans, and we're going to join in the celebration with a brief but broad overview of some of the Crescent City's many extraordinary pianists.
June 2, 2008 Blind since birth, the New Orleans piano wizard embraces all of the bluesy musical styles of his native city, as well as the classical training of his youth. He gives an interview and performance in NPR's Studio 4A.
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May 22, 2008 On this week's show, hear music from Rupa and the April Fishes, New Orleans pianist Henry Butler, and Rachel Taylor Brown, another great unknown from our Second Stage series.
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March 15, 1999 Nick Spitzer reviews the CD "Blues After Sunset" by Henry Butler. Butler is a blind pianist, born and raised in New Orleans. Spitzer says Butler is the latest and perhaps greatest in a long line of Crescent City keyboard players known simply as "piano professors."
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