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Thursday, May 7, 2020
7:00 PM
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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

CANCELLED – Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

COVID-19 Update: Recognizing the mandate from the Governor of California and other official agencies, Kuumbwa Jazz is cancelling/postponing concerts through at least June 25th. Ticket-holders will be contacted directly regarding refunds and other ticketing options, such as crediting the ticket(s) towards a future concert date, or recognizing the value of a ticket purchase as a tax-deductible donation to Kuumbwa Jazz. We will be working on rescheduling as many concert dates as possible and will provide updates as they become available. We appreciate your understanding and we will continue to follow the direction and guidance provided by official agencies, as the wellbeing of our patrons and community remains our top priority.

Raised in Southern California, Lavay Smith started out singing a variety of musical styles, but it was the bluesy, swinging music of the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s that captured her imagination. But Smith does more than resurrect the era of jump blues and swing; she makes it relevant to a whole new generation of music-lovers. Influenced by the vocal stylings of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington, Smith has rescued many tunes from obscurity. Sometimes humorous, sometimes sentimental, Smith’s innate sense of musicality is always entertaining. Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers band started in 1989 as a four-piece group before expanding into a larger ensemble, and they have built a rapturous Bay Area following over the years.

(5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included)

Lavay Smith Website


Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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