Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Monday, April 1, 7:00 PM Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Swingin’ the Blues: The Kansas City Sound $20/Adv $23/Door Doors and dinner at 6:00 PM Sponsored by Gal Palz for Jazz “… a soulful stamp on a huge swath of American music.” – Boston Globe Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers dig deep into the Kansas jazz tradition with their tribute, Swingin’ the Blues: The Kansas City Sound. Tracing the history and development of the pivotal figures and styles in Kansas City music, this show will present a treat for music lovers. Featuring the music of many of America’s most important musical icons: Big Joe Turner & Pete Johnson, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Helen Humes, Jay McShann, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Williams, Julia Lee, Lester Young Performed by an all-star lineup of San Francisco Bay Area greats: Lavay Smith – vocals MIke Olmos – trumpet Danny Armstrong – trombone & vocals Jules Broussard – alto saxophone Robert Stewart-  tenor saxophone Chris Siebert – piano Ron Belcher – string bass Howard Wiley – drums The Los Angeles Times says that Lavay Smith has “A lush vocal style recalling both Bessie Smith and Dinah Washington”, while the Boston Globe says that the Red Hot Skillet Lickers “sound as tight as the legendary musicians they choose to emulate.” Rhythm & Blues pioneer Johnny Otis called Lavay and her band “a breath of fresh air”....