An artistic collision destined to happen.
Ever since New Orleans singer and pianist Henry Butler settled in Brooklyn, it was only a matter of time before the gifted pianist and vocalist hooked up with retro-futurist trumpeter and bandleader Steven Bernstein. Blind since birth, master musician, pianist and vocalist Henry Butler tells stories through the rise, swing, and rumble of his fingers as they channel sounds as diverse as his Louisiana birthplace: jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues and R&B, among others. The combination of trumpeter/maestro Steven Bernstein and the fiery unit he calls the Hot 9, use a traditional New Orleans palate as their launching point; exploring everything from early 20th Century blues to thoughtful and exhilarating improvisations on the Crescent City canon.
Meet the band
Henry Butler - piano, vocals
Steven Bernstein - trumpet, slide trumpet, alto horn
Curtis Fowlkes - trombone
Charlie Burnham - violin
Doug Wieselman - Bb clarinet, Eb clarinet, tenor saxophone
Peter Apfelbaum - tenor and soprano saxophone
Erik Lawrence - baritone and soprano saxophone
Matt Munisteri - guitar
Brad Jones - bass
Donald Edwards - drums
WHAT THEY SAY:
“[Henry Butler] revels in fluency and facility, splashing chords all over the keyboard and streaking through solos with machine-gun articulation.”
- Jon Pareles, New York Times
“The pride of New Orleans and a visionistical down-home cat and a hellified piano plunker to boot…He plays the piano like Art Tatum, but when he starts singing he sounds like Paul Robeson.”
- Dr. John
"On trumpet, and as a composer and leader, Steven Bernstein is uncategorizable."
- Nat Hentoff, American Music Is
"For two decades, jazz trumpeter Steven Bernstein has been stretching music in new directions...a musical detective who's always on the hunt for music that's been overlooked by classic jazz."
- Michelle Norris, All Things Considered, NPR