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Butch Thompson Trio to Celebrate Legacy of Blind Boone

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 5, 2009) – UCM’s Performing Arts Series brings the uniquely American art forms of jazz and ragtime to the Hendricks Hall stage as it presents the Butch Thompson Trio in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Cast Members of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion"

Best known for their long run on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, the Butch Thompson Trio has earned critical and popular recognition around the world for the exuberant brand of jazz and ragtime featured in its performances. Typical of the group’s musical repertoire for concert performances are the works of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Eubie Blake and Duke Ellington.

The Butch Thompson Trio
The Butch Thompson Trio will provide a special treat for Warrensburg area audiences as they include the works of John William “Blind” Boone in their Feb. 10 performance as part of the University of Central Missouri’s Performing Arts Series.

Celebrating the Legacy of Blind Boone

As a special treat for the Performing Arts Series, the trio also will include the works of Warrensburg music legend John William “Blind” Boone, whose legacy as a composer and performer of American ragtime music has been preserved in Warrensburg with the restoration and further development of Blind Boone Park.

Box Office Announces "Spring Ticket Sale"

As the Performing Arts Series enter the midpoint of its 20th anniversary 2008-2009 season, a Spring Ticket Sale offers reduced pricing for single performance tickets for any of the four remaining shows in the series. In addition to the Butch Thompson Trio on Feb. 10, seating remains available for the March 3 performance of the hilarious comedy Greater Tuna, the April 8 presentation of Souls of Our Feet, and the May 1 season finale performance by recording legend BJ Thomas.

Buy a ticket to any one of the four remaining shows and receive a 10 percent discount, or buy a ticket to any two performances and receive a 15 percent discount. For the purchase of a tickets to any three these shows, receive a 15 percent discount, and the purchase of a ticket to each of the four remaining shows will result in a 25 percent discount, or four shows for the price of three.

The Butch Thompson Trio

Joining pianist Butch Thompson in making up the trio are musician, composer and arranger Marty Eggers and jazz drummer Hal Smith.

Butch Thompson

Thompson’s music career began on his mother’s piano at the age of three in his native Minnesota. By the age of 16, he was performing professionally, later visiting New Orleans, where he also continued his mastery of the clarinet. After playing professionally at various festivals and starting a solo recording career, he joined the staff as house pianist for A Prairie Home Companion in 1974. In addition to performing, he has written extensively for a variety of professional publications and has taught at the American University in Cairo and the New England Conservatory of Music.

Marty Eggers

Eggers is a student of the New Orleans bass tradition and also a fine ragtime pianist. His career began in Sacramento, Calif., where he helped found the Sacramento Ragtime Society. He performs in various festivals and groups, including John Gill’s San Francisco Jazz Band, and with jazz legend Bob Helm and recording artist Leon Redbone. He also performs with his wife, Virginia Tichenor, and his father-in-law, the distinguished ragtime pianist, scholar, archivist and teacher Trebor Tichenor.

Hal Smith

San Diego resident Hal Smith is a product of the long jazz tradition of California. He started playing drums in 1963, becoming a professional musician in 1978 in Oakland, Calif. He has worked with many of the big bands, and joined the Butch Thompson Trio on A Prairie Home Companion part-time in the early 1980s and permanently in 1987. In addition to performing, he is an expert on early jazz who writes for various publications and has served a curator of archives for the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Camp.

Jazz Workshop for UCM Students

In addition to their evening performance, the trio also will conduct a jazz workshop for UCM students interested in jazz and ragtime techniques and performance.

Reserve Your Seat Now!

Tickets are available between noon and 5 p.m. weekdays from the Performing Arts Series box office in Administration 100 on the UCM campus or by calling the box office at 660-543-8888. Group reservations are available. As always, K-12 and UCM student tickets are available at one-half of regular price.