The Jazz Foundation is mourning the loss of one of our dear friends and musicians, Henry Butler.
Henry hailed from New Orleans, sightless since infancy. Self-taught, he had been playing piano professionally since the age of 12. He continued to tour and play regularly, most recently at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and at our very own Jazz Foundation Gig Fund show just two weeks ago. Diagnosed with cancer more than a year ago, he had been living in Brooklyn with tour dates scheduled in France and Vienna later this month.
Here is a clip of Henry playing “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” at our 2009 Benefit Gala “A Great Night in Harlem”.