"...Henry Butler is arguably the greatest living proponent of the classic New Orleans piano tradition, playing an amalgam of boogie-woogie, jazz, blues and classical in the lineage of Professor Longhair, James Booker, Tuts Washington, Allen Toussaint and countless other emperors of the ivories..."  Richard Skelly - All Music Guide
Once you've heard what bluesman Henry Butler's hands can create on those ivories, there's no going back. Those hands boogie that keyboard like no one else's. Throw in a classically trained voice aching us through the blues, and you're someplace you have never been before and would give anything to return to, again and again.
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Named #1 in Jazz for 2014 by The (London) Sunday Times and the CMJ Jazz Charts for Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9's Viper's Drag.

The Chicago Tribune has named Henry as one of the Year's Best in Jazz for Viper's Drag.
Guernica Magazine
By Thomas Larson
November 25, 2014
The Music Is Always There, Part 2.
Reflections on jazz, improvisation, and the New Orleans Jazz Fest, 2014.

During Jazz Fest’s two weekends, one hears on the three or four stages devoted to New Orleans music that redoubtable party spirit Rebirth is famous for. But don’t believe such revelry cinches the elastic waistband of New Orleans’ musical trousers. Yes, jazz fans cherish the groove. But local musicians, especially those who’ve left, have built mini-mansions on top of the old familiar styles. I think of native-born singers/players as diverse as the Boswell Sisters, Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Lil Wayne, and others who have re-Latinized or re-Africanized the sound and, where necessary, tow the audience along with them. That's trad too.

Mid-afternoon of the second Jazz Fest Friday, I’m ringed round a hotel lobby table with Steven Bernstein and Henry Butler, the eponymous core of the new New Orleans-New York meld, the Butler-Bernstein Hot 9.
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 January 18 Mohonk Jazz on the Mountain
New Paltz, NY
Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9
 January 21 Friends of Jeff Golub All-Star Concert
B.B. King Blues Club
New York
 February 17 Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY
Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9
 February 27 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chicago
Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9

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