Denny Ilett


... plays Guitar

Denny Ilett jr. was born in 1969 as the son of the great jazz trumpeter Denny Ilett. He began listening to jazz, and particularly to Louis Armstrong, before he could walk. It could not have been a surprise to anyone, when Denny soon picked up an instrument, nor that he later decided to become a professional musician.

Having played different instruments, Denny finally started to concentrate on the guitar. At the beginning he was mostly influenced by Django Reinhardt and later by Wes Montgomery, but he always kept on listening to the horn players, Louis, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge or Lester Young.

Denny joined Lillian Boutté and her Music Friends in 1997. He visited New Orleans a few times and played with some of the finest New Orleans musicians, including Lillian Boutte and members of such notable bands as The Meters, Dr John and the Harry Connick Jnr Big Band.

Denny has been running his own big band and he is considered an outstanding arranger. He is not only a guitar virtuoso but an exceptionally gifted singer.