jazz

John Boutté in Concert and Conversation

From New Orleans, jazz vocalist and songwriter John Boutté joins us for a conversation and performance. Boutté is a celebrated interpreter of the American songbook who rose to national attention when one of his own melodies became the theme to the HBO series “Treme.” His repertoire includes contemporary classics in popular music as well as traditional jazz and gospel. Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame producer Allen Toussaint called Boutté “one of the very best singers in New Orleans.” Over a twenty-year career, Boutté has performed across the U.S. and Europe and released a number of solo albums, including Jambalaya, Good Neighbor, and All About Everything. He has also recorded with Cubanismo! and the funk band Galactic.

Joining him will be Gwen Thompkins, NPR contributor and host of “Music Inside Out,” which airs on WWNO.

In concert: Sarah McKenzie

Sarah McKenzie is an Australian jazz vocalist and pianist whose album Close Your Eyes won Best Jazz Album at the 2012 ARIA Awards (the Australian Grammys). She has performed throughout Australia and Europe and with the Boston Pops. At Twenty Summers, she showcased material from her new album, produced by Brian Bacchus (who also produces Norah Jones).