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An eight-time, W.C. Handy “Best Blues Instrumentalist - Piano” award nominee, Henry Butler is coming to the Mendocino College Center Theatre on March 27 as the 10th ‘Artist in Residence’ guest.

Henry Butler knows no limitations. Although blinded by glaucoma since birth, Butler is also a world-class photographer with his work displayed at exhibitions throughout the United States. Playing piano since the age of six, Butler is a master of musical diversity. Combining the percussive jazz piano playing of McCoy Tyner and the New Orleans style playing of Professor Longhair through his classically trained wizardry, Butler continues to craft a sound uniquely his own. A rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues and R&B influences, his music is as excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace.    

Mastering baritone horn, valve trombone and drums, in addition to the piano, at the Louisiana State School for the Blind in Baton Rouge, as a youngster, Butler began formal vocal training in the eleventh grade. He went on to sing German lieder, French and Italian art songs and operatic arias at Southern and Michigan State Universities, earning a Masters degree in vocal music. He has taught music workshops throughout the country and initiated a number of different educational projects, including a residential jazz camp at Missouri State School for the Blind and a program for blind and visually impaired students at the University of New Orleans.

Sponsored by the Mendocino College Recording Arts Club the event entails the recording artist lectures for a week in the music classes, ending with a concert on Friday night, March 27 at 7pm. The proceeds from the concert fund the next season. This year with a generous grant from the Mendocino College Foundation, we were fortunate to book Henry Butler.

The nine predecessors of the ‘Artist in Residence,’ were Gene Parsons, Alex deGrassi, Annie Sampson, Robben Ford, Roy Rogers, Steven Bernstein, Charlie Hunter, Jenna Mammina, and Paul McCandless.

Tickets are $20 general, $15 student and available at Mendocino College Bookstore, Mendocino Book Co.,Ukiah Music Center, and Dig Music. For information call Steve Oliveria @ 468-3055


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Created: March 10, 2009 @ 11:30 AM
Last Modified: May 08, 2009 @ 08:26 AM


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