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The Butch Thompson Trio in Lodi

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Posted: Saturday, October 31, 2009 12:00 am

The Lodi Community Concert Association, Inc. is bringing the Butch Thompson Trio to Lodi.

The band is known as a sweet little band with a very big show featuring classic Americana — ragtime, New Orleans jazz, blues and pop songs.

Well known from a long run on "A Prairie Home Companion," with Garrison Keillor, the Butch Thompson Trio has earned critical and popular recognition around the world for its brand of classic jazz and ragtime. Over the years, the Trio has toured widely on its own, including tours with the former Columbia Artists Management and other community concert presenters.

In a career spanning over 40 years, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson has earned a worldwide reputation as a traditional jazz and ragtime master. He tours widely as a soloist or at the helm of any of his several ensembles, including his well-known Butch Thompson Trio. He has performed with many symphony orchestras, including the Hartford Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Cairo (Egypt) Symphony.

The Trio's centerpiece is Thompson's celebrated piano, but bassist Marty Eggers and drummer Chris Tyle are masters of the subtle interplay that is the hallmark of early jazz. Specializing in the ragtime music of Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton and other early jazz heroes, the Butch Thompson Trio shares the joy of music-making and gives the audience an intimate view of a tradition.

The trio will perform on Thursday, Nov. 5 in the Charlene Powers Lange Performing Arts Theatre at Hutchins Street Square beginning at 7:30 p.m. The cost for a single ticket is $25, and may be purchased at the Hutchins Street Square box office, 125 South Hutchins Street Lodi. Call 333-5550 for details.



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