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Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
With a vast repertoire of vintage R&B, jump blues, and dance-inducing standards, the flammable Lavay Smith is the Bay Area’s undisputed queen of swing. Backed by her all-star Red Hot Skillet Lickers, she delves into the most soulful chapters of the Great American Songbook. The most sincere form of flattery in jazz is being yourself, and Smith puts her own inimitable stamp on material associated with a glittering pantheon, including songs made famous by Billie Holiday, Etta James, Sarah Vaughan, Patsy Cline, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington.