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The Incredible, Blind Henry Butler

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Posted by teibs On April - 24 - 2009

henrybutler@ZackTeibloom Henry Butler is a criminally underrated piano player and world class photographer. Re-read that sentence after I tell you this: He’s been blind since birth. When I first started researching the blind piano player who wowed us with his afternoon set, I checked his Wikipedia page.

First, I was shocked to see he’s under 60 years. Next, Andy and I had a hearty laugh at what we thought was a joke: He’s a “world class” photographer. The last thing I want to do is laugh at a blind person,* but how? How can a blind person take pictures, frame a shot, get the perfect depth of field, edit it for color, brightness, etc? More power to him. That’s incredible.

According to his bio, Butler has been playing since he was 6-years-old and combines a percussive jazz sound with Caribbean, blues and R&B. His throaty voice roars over the rollicking keys. It was a completely different style of keyboarding than we’ve seen at this festival, but one I can always get down to.

*I’m not Seacreast

1 Response

  1. Dan the Music Master Said,

    It’s amazing how the lack of a sense is not a deterent in great musicians. One of my favorite examples in this topic of conversation is, of course, the great Art Tatum.

    Posted on April 25th, 2009 at 4:13 am

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