On the musical scene for more than 30 years, Lillian Boutté is a monument to jazz, gospel, and rhythm and blues. A talented singer, she has literally traveled the whole world, bringing her music from Asia to Europe. She was decorated Ambassador of Music by the city of New Orleans (the only musician since Louis Armstrong to receive this honored title) for her many decades of activity.
She can be seen in Stevenson Palfi's award-winning documentary Piano Players Rarely Play Together, featuring Professor Longhair, Toots Washington, and her friend and mentor Allen Toussaint. She can also be seen in a cameo appearance in Alan Parker's film Angel Heart and is featured on the soundtrack with blues great Brownie McGhee. Her lifelong friend Vernel Bagneris molded her acting skills when he cast her in his black vaudeville musical One Mo' Time, where he kept her busy with the show for four years in New Orleans, Sweden, and Brazil.
Boutté has performed and can be heard on recordings with such legendary music greats as Edward Frank, Lloyd Lambert, Joseph "Smokey" Johnson, Jay McShann, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Milt Hinton, Gus Johnson, Sammy Price, Doc Cheatham, Arnett Cobb, Al Casey, Dr. John, Benny Waters, Danny Barker, Professor Longhair, Clark Terry, and England's trumpet great Humphrey Lyttleton.
In 1993, she originated the project Gospel United in cooperation with two Danish organizers. This project in 1994 brought Boutté and her New Orleans gospel group together with 1,000 voices of students from all over Denmark, and in 1995 she brought a choir of 3,000 voices on stage with her.