John & Lillian Boutté

Brother and sister John and Lillian Boutté rarely perform together, and even more rarely appear outside their native New Orleans (at least in the U.S.), where they have been active for some three decades. Both are fine singers, combining jazz, gospel, soul, and that special lagniappe that inhabits New Orleans musicians. Lillian's rich voice can handle classic jazz diva fare, bristling Crescent City R&B, and rousing gospel. Long married to European reed player Thomas L'Etienne, she lives in Switzerland much of the year and has toured Europe extensively. John has a supple high tenor with classic soul chops, a jazz singer's sense of nuance, and a virulent streak of gritty red beans and rice. He turns up in all sorts of surprising spots: providing the lead English vocals on Cubanismo's Crescent City foray Mardi Gras Mambo a few years back, on Emeril, and in somebody's backyard, where he and guitarist Paul Sanchez performed a brilliant version of Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927." Check it out on John's website
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