Lavay Smith grew up with the Billie Holiday songbook, these songs are near and dear to her heart , and knows them inside out. Look for these songs to be sung: “Good Morning Heartache”, “Don’t Explain”, “Billie’s Blues” and “Fine and Mellow”, just to name a few, all of which were penned by the great Lady Day herself. Lavay Smith is the vocalist and bandleader of the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, one of the top swingin’ Jazz and Blues bands in the world. Lavay grew up in Southern California and the Philippines and has become an internationally recognized Diva of Jazz and Blues, with a singing style influenced by Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Little Esther Phillips and other legendary greats. Whether singing her own compositions or drawing on a large repertoire of classics, Lavay and her all-star 7-piece band bake up an instant recipe for dancing and good times.
Jules Broussard (Alto and Tenor Saxophones) was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana. He learned to play by listening to Louis Jordan, Illinois Jacquet, and Earl Bostic in the 1940′s. He has played and/or recorded with Ray Charles, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Little Esther Phillips, Johnny Otis, Big Mama Thornton, Earl Grant, John Handy, Santana, Boz Skaggs, Steve Miller, Van Morrison and many other music greats. Jules is a renowned bandleader in his own right with a superb brand-new CD out entitled “Jules Broussard…With Strings Attached”. You can find out about Jules and his band and order his CDs at broussard.com.
Lavay Smith: vocals
Jules Broussard: saxes
Danny Armstrong: trombone
Chris Siebert: piano
Ron Belcher: bass
“As close to the real deal as you can get.” -Adam Mazmanian, The New York Press
“Hands-down the best thing to come out of the jump/swing revival…the gal can sing her tail off.” -Paul de Barros, Seattle Times
Doors at 7:30 pm. Show at 8:00 pm.