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Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers | SFJAZZ

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Date(s) - 12/20/2013
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center


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“A singular ensemble that puts a soulful stamp on a huge swath of American music.” — Boston Globe

“Hands-down the best thing to come out of the jump/swing revival… the gal can sing her tail off.” — Seattle Times

  • Lavay Smith – vocals
  • Jules Broussard – alto saxophone
  • Rickey Woodard – tenor saxophone, clarinet
  • Joe Coen – baritone saxophone
  • Mike Olmos – trumpet
  • Bill Ortiz – trumpet
  • Danny Armstrong – trombone
  • Chris Siebert – piano
  • Ron Belcher – bass
  • Howard Wiley – drums

Nobody plays classic jump-blues and jazz with more punch and authority than Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Fronted by the sultry Smith, an alluring singer whose style draws on Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Little Esther Phillips, the band performs tasty arrangements of tunes from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, as well as original numbers, for fans across the United States, Canada and Europe. The seven-piece Red Hot Skillet Lickers, led by arranger and pianist Chris Siebert, features a rogue’s gallery of robustly swinging soloists who cut their teeth with everyone from Big Joe Turner to Ray Charles. For the holiday season, they’re celebrating the seasonal music of Duke Ellington.


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