HOME BASE: Modesto
PLAYERS: Mary Elizabeth Boutte, vocals; John King, guitar; Dan Rogers, upright bass
SOUNDS LIKE: Mary Elizabeth Boutte and her band, Jazzoni, play a mix of jazz and swing standards. Her sound is similar to Diana Krall and Sarah Vaughn.
BACKSTORY: The group came together by chance when Jazzoni guitarist King met Boutte at one of its shows. Boutte was in the crowd and he asked her if the music was too loud. From there, the trio was formed. Together, the three bring decades of music experience to the group. Over the past 30 years, Boutte has performed with the JB Blues Band, More Money Than Sense and as a church soloist. King has played for 40 years and still plays with the Kyle Barker Band. Bassist Rogers played for more than
30 years in both the Los Angeles area and Central Valley.
Since forming, the group has played restaurants, private parties and opening day for the Modesto Nuts. Boutte calls herself "a singer of songs that are good," a title a fan gave her during one of the group's early shows.
QUOTE ME: "I enjoy any music with feeling and I've always enjoyed making that connect with live audiences. ... Performing music is an endless pursuit and I'm a lifetime learner."
-- Dan Rogers, bassist
NEW MUSIC: Currently working in the studio
NEXT GIG: Shows from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Etouffee, Thursday at the Barkin' Dog Grill and May 31 at Clayton's, all in downtown Modesto