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John Boutté

John Boutté (2008)
Background information
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Genres Jazz, R&B, blues
Occupations Singer
Years active 1994 - present
Associated acts Lillian Boutté
Paul Sanchez

John Boutté is an American jazz singer based in New Orleans, Louisiana who has been active since the mid 1990s. He is known for diverse music style that goes beyond jazz to R&B, gospel, Latin, and blues. He is the younger brother to renown jazz and gospel singer Lillian Boutté.



Boutté was born into a Creole family in New Orleans. Exposed to the local culture such as Mardi Gras parades and jazz funerals since childhood, Boutté also grew up listening to R&B music of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and alike.[1]

He played trumpet and cornet in marching bands in his junior high and high school days. During this time, he also formed an a cappella group and sang on the streets.[2]

Boutté studied business at Xavier University and after he graduated, he joined the U.S. Army where he stayed for the next four years. When he returned, he started to work for a credit union instead of entering into music business.[1][2]

It was when he met Stevie Wonder that he started to consider seriously about becoming a professional singer. Wonder acknowledged his talent and recommended him to pursue career in music.[2] He soon joined Lillian on her tour to Europe, and his professional career started.

He was featured on Lillian's live album "Gospel United" released in 1994. In 1996, he released an album under his own name titled Through the Eyes of a Child.

He was the featured guest vocalist on Cuban group Cubanismo!'s Mardi Gras Mambo recorded in New Orleans.

In the recent years, Boutté has been working with ex-Cowboy Mouth guitarist and singer, Paul Sanchez which lead to a collaborated effort Stew Called New Orleans released in 2009. Boutté was also featured on John Scofield's 2009 album Piety Street singing the lead on three tracks.

Singers Tricia Boutté (Sister Teedy) and Tania Boutté are John's nieces.[2]



Original albums

  • 1996 Through the Eyes of a Child (Dinosaur)
  • 1997 Scotch and Soda
  • 1998 Friends
  • 2001 At the Foot of the Canal Street (Valley)
  • 2003 John Boutté & Uptown Okra / Carry Me Home (Boutteworks)
  • 2003 Jambalaya (Bose)
  • 2007 John Boutté and Conspirare (Independent)
  • 2008 Good Neighbor (Independent)
  • 2009 John Boutté and Paul Sanchez / Stew Called New Orleans (Threadhead)

Guest appearances

  • 1994 Lillian Boutté with Gospel United / Live at Odense Koncerthus (Gospel United Production)
  • 2000 Cubanismo / Mardi Gras Mambo (Rykodisc)
  • 2002 Doc Houlind Ragtime Band meets John Boutte / Live At FEMO (Music Mecca)
  • 2008 Paul Sanchez / Exit to Mystery Street (Threadhead)
  • 2009 Glen David Andrews / Walking Through Heaven's Gate (Threadhead)
  • 2009 John Scofield / Piety Street (Universal Classics)
  • 2009 Tom McDermott / New Orleans Duets (Rabadash)
  • 2010 Galactic / YA-KA-MAY


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