On the music scene for more than 30 years, singer Lillian Boutté is a monument to jazz, pop, blues, soul, and gospel. With her unique voice and warm-hearted delivery, she has brought her music from New Orleans to Europe, Asia, and other placed around the globe. To honor her many decades of activity, she was decorated Ambassador of Music by the city of New Orleans-the only musician since Louis Armstrong to receive the title.
Boutté has been touring non-stop since the early 1980s. She can be seen in Stevenson Pallifi'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 Allen Parker's film Angel Heart and is featured on the soundtrack with the blues great Brownie McGee.
She has performed with such legendary music greats as Edward Frank, Lloyd Lambert, Joseph "Smokey" Johnson, Jay McShane, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Milt Hinton, Gus Johnson, Sammy Price, Doc Cheatham, Arnett Cobb, Al Casey, Dr. John, Benny Waters, Danny Barker, Clark Terry, and England's trumpet great Humphrey Lyttleton.
Boutté continues to share her music with children and adults everywhere through concerts, workshops, and other music projects. She has worked extensively to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, doing benefits and organizing relief funds for musicians, many of whom lost everything.