New Orleans Jazz and R&B pianist - Henry is the pianist I have been studying the most since 1985. He's an incredible live performer and every concert is an event and a phenomenon. www.henrybutler.com
- THE BLUES & MORE VOL. 2 (Basin Street Records) - A live solo album to be released in 2008.
- PIANOLA (Basin Street Records)
- LIVE AT THE 2007 NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL - to order contact www.jazzfestlive.com, and scroll to 2007
- HOMELAND (Basin Street Records - BSR 0802 - 2) - Especially check out Henry's Boogie for the amazing two hand percussive technique he invented.
- Click here for a great live performance from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in 2004
- BLUES AFTER SUNSET (Blacktop 1144)
- BLUES & MORE VOL. I (Windham Hill Jazz 10138)
- ORLEANS INSPIRATION (Windham Hill Jazz 10122)
The first pianist to take rhythm & blues, soul music, the blues, and New Orleans music and make a whole solo piano style out of these traditions and more. www.bayoumaharajah.com
New Orleans has a great R&B piano tradition, beginning with the late Professor Longhair’s recordings in 1949, and continuing today. Some of the other great R&B pianists playing there today are Alan Toussaint, Jon Cleary, Tom McDermott, Amasa Miller, Eddie Bo, Art Neville, and Davell Crawford. Professor Longhair also influenced and inspired the late James Booker, Dr. John, Huey Smith, Fats Domino, Harry Connick, Jr., and the late Ronnie Barron. For listing of live performances and information on New Orleans music in general, see OFFBEAT MAGAZINE.
- NEW ORLEANS PIANO (Atlantic 7225) - Great 1949 and 1953 tracks - New Orleans R&B piano starts here.
- ROCK 'N' ROLL GUMBO (Dancing Cat 3006) - Great 1974 tracks with the late Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown on guitar. For extended notes click here.
- THE LONDON CONCERT (JSP Records 202) - English import -1978 concert with just piano and conga.
- CRAWFISH FIESTA (Alligator 4718) - Fess’ last album from 1980.
- HOUSE PARTY NEW ORLEANS STYLE (THE LOST SESSIONS 1971-1972) (Rounder Records 2057) - 1971 & 1972 sessions in Baton Rouge and Memphis.
- MARDI GRAS IN BATON ROUGE (Rhino Records) – more tracks from the 1971 & 1972 sessions in Baton Rouge and Memphis, with horns added later.
- LIVE ON THE QUEEN MARY (One Way Records) - live performance from 1975 – especially note the great version of Everyday I Have the Blues with Fess’ incredible instrumental piano break.
- MARDI GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS (Nighthawk Records) – tracks from 1950 – 1957, including his beautiful composition from 1957 Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand.
- (Classics Records [French import]) - Fess’ Mercury Records tracks from 1949 or 1950, and the Atlantic tracks from 1949 and 1953 (the Atlantic also appear on the NEW ORLEANS PIANO recording on Atlantic Records).
- THE NEW ORLEANS SESSIONS 1950 (Bear Family Records) – an out of print LP that has Fess’ 1950 Mercury Records tracks from the recording listed just above, plus four alternate takes (as well as tracks by other artists).
- COLLECTOR’S CHOICE-FEATURING PROFESSOR LONGHAIR (Rounder Records) – this anthology recording with various artists features 10 tracks by Fess from 1958-1964, including his 1959 hit version of Go To The Mardi Gras, and his 1964 hit versions of Big Chief-Parts 1&2, as well as his first recording of his fast tempo arrangement of his classic composition Hey Now Baby, with the title Cuttin’ Out, and seven other R&B singles from this time period
- FESS – THE PROFESSOR LONGHAIR ANTHOLOGY (Rhino Records) – this double CD has Fess’ 1959 hit version of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and his 1964 hit version of Big Chief-Part 2, his great 1957 track Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand, and many other studio and live tracks from other years, and extensive liner notes.
- The 1978 live shows recorded at Tipitina’s – many of these tracks have been issued on three different recordings:
- THE LAST MARDI GRAS (Atlantic Records) – out of print double LP.
- RUM AND COKE (Tomato Records)
- BIG CHIEF (Rhino Records)
- BALL THE WALL! - LIVE AT TIPITINA’S 1978 (Night Train Records) – a different live show from Tipitina’s in New Orleans
- BYRD LIVES! (Night Train Records) – double CD of more live 1978 tracks from Tipitina’s in New Orleans – has Fess’ only recording of the Blues standard After Hours, and has three rare solo tracks
- Professor Longhair is featured in the late Stevenson J. Palfi's documentary PIANO PLAYERS RARELY EVER PLAY TOGETHER - Video available from Alligator Video at 1-800-344-5609.
Another Recommended website is the Peanuts Collectors Club
- A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (Fantasy 8431) - the best one is either the older one with 11 tracks or 11 tracks and 1 bonus track , such as Fantasy FCD-697-8341. The newer 2008 edition with bonus tracks (Fantasy FCD-30066-2) has 5 bonus tracks but less good takes of some of the main songs. I recommend the older version or a version with just 1 bonus track of Green Sleeves. For completeness you might consider getting both. There will hopefully be a new edition that encompasses all of this in the future. Also on video.
- OH, GOOD GRIEF! (Warner Bros. 1747)
- JAZZ IMPRESSIONS OF BLACK ORPHEUS (Original Jazz Classics 253)
- THE GRACE CATHEDRAL CONCERT (Fantasy 9678)
- A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN (Fantasy 8430)
- CHARLIE BROWN SUITE & OTHER FAVORITES (RCA)
- NORTH BEACH
Hawaiian slack key guitarist/vocalist/composer. Also see www.slackkey.com.
Ted was my main guitar mentor who sadly passed away in July, 2005. The offical site is www.tedgreene.com and here is a site dedicated to his memory - http://www.tedgreene.blogspot.com/ .
Ted Greene was a wonderful guitarist and educator, he was best known for his book Chord Chemistry and for his wonderful recordings of solo guitar that I'm still learning from after hearing it in 1978. Ted's main influences were the last jazz guitarist George Van Eps, Wes Montgomery, Lenny Breau, and many film soundtrack composers such as the late Max Steiner, the late George Duning, and many more. He was also influenced by classical composers such as Bach and Gershwin. Ted played with a deep feeling for every song he played and extending the beauty of those songs with what he called “extended diatonic” harmony, and more.
"Ted played with such pure beauty and feeling, he has influenced and inspired every aspect of my playing since I first heard him in 1977. To this day, everytime I listen to his recording, Solo Guitar, I still hear and learn new things. It is an encyclopedia of beautiful variations. I learned so much and became so motivated each time we talked or got together. He was such a beautiful guy and such a great inspiration to me to be a better person as well as a better musician." - George Winston
- SOLO GUITAR (PMP 00032) - (Reissued in 2004 on the Art of Life Records label) .
- TED GREENE REMEMBERED - now available from www.eldoradorecords.net/ a tribute to the legendary guitarist and beloved teacher. Featured guitarists include: Tommy Emmanuel, Laurence Juber, Lee Ritenour, George Winston, Dan Sawyer, Anthony Wilson, Mark Goldenberg, Jay Graydon, Phil deGruy, Steve Ferguson, Stephen Bruton and a John Pisano-Ted Greene duet. Produced by Tom Bocci with liner notes by Barbara Franklin and the players themselves. Proceeds from the sale of this recording will benefit www.tedgreene.com, a Website devoted to sharing Ted’s guitar teachings worldwide.
- PICKIN' MY WAY / IN HOLLYWOOD / ALONE (MFSL 51787) - 2 CD reissue - The ALONE recording includes Hawaiian Slack Key (Opihi Moemoe)
Acoustic steel guitar and guitar - Hawaiian, blues and beyond
Great classical guitarist, teacher, and host of the Stetson International Guitar Workshop