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Lillian Boutté – Blue Bayou (Outhouse Productions)

By | Published on Sunday 28 August 2011

New Orleans’ has named two musical ambassadors over the years: one is jazz legend Louis Armstrong, the other is Lillian Boutté. With a powerful voice and boundless enthusiasm, she sings standards in a style all her own; a mix of full throated, soaring gospel and bluesy purring which captures the vitality of the music and the city she loves. The backing trio on drums, double bass and keys match her energy on up tempo arrangements spiced with spirited solos, with veteran pianist Tom Finley playing with fiery precision. Boutté dances and vamps throughout, insisting on shaking every hand in the intimate venue during closing number ‘Wonderful World.’ She lives for joy and laughter, she says, and leaves you with both.

The Outhouse, 22 – 28 Aug (not 23), times vary, £15.00, fpp210.
tw rating 4/5