Henry Butler (born September 21, 1949, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States) is an American jazz pianist.
He is known for his technique and his ability to play in many styles of music. In 1987, The New York Times music critic, Jon Pareles, wrote that Butler "revels in fluency and facility, splashing chords all over the keyboard and streaking through solos with machine-gun articulation. In 1998, the Chicago Tribune arts critic, Howard Reich, described Butler as "an enormous intellect matched by unusual physical strength." Referred to by Dr. John as "the pride of New Orleans," Butler is his generation's representative in the Crescent City's lineage of piano players such as Professor Longhair, James Booker, Tuts Washington, and Jelly Roll Morton.
Butler has recorded for several record labels, including Impulse, Windham Hill, and Basin Street Records.
Butler was blinded by glaucoma in infancy. His musical training began at the Louisiana State School for the Blind, where he learned to play valve trombone, baritone horn and drums before focusing his talents on singing and piano. Butler was mentored at Southern University, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by clarinettist and educator Alvin Batiste. Butler later earned a masters degree in music at Michigan State University in 1974, and received the MSU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009.