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Papa Henry and the Steamin' Syncopators

In the 1920s, steamboats from New Orleans threaded their way up and down the Mississippi River, carrying not only passengers and commercial cargo but something even more precious: seminal American culture in the form of jazz music. Nearly 100 years later, Henry Butler effectively moves back in time with his New Orleans traditional jazz group, Papa Henry and the Steamin' Syncopators. An evening with the Syncopators is as good as a night on the river. Originally formed in conjunction with the Satchmo Summerfest, an annual New Orleans event honoring the birthday of Louis Armstrong, the Syncopators' first performance was onboard the riverboat Natchez. For that event, Butler chose to focus on Armstrong's membership in Fate Marable's landmark band, arguably the most important New Orleans band at the time and a huge draw on the riverboats.