Lavay Smith: The Music of Sarah Vaughan
The Music of Sarah Vaughn
One of SFJAZZ’s perennial favorites and a Bay Area treasure, singer Lavay Smith presents a series of intimate concerts dedicated to some of the first ladies of jazz, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Sarah Vaughan. For this four-night residency in the Joe Henderson Lab, Smith is joined by a six-piece version of her world-class band, the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, led by arranger and pianist Chris Siebert and featuring a rogue’s gallery of robustly swinging soloists who cut their teeth with everyone from Big Joe Turner to Ray Charles. On Sunday the 9th, Lavay concludes her series with a tribute to the iconic jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan. Nicknamed “Sassy” for her exuberant and at times volatile personality, Vaughan was championed by Earl “Fatha” Hines and Billy Eckstine and began an unparalleled solo career in the mid 1940s that led to stardom and appearances at concert halls all over the world. She had hits throughout her career that included “How Important Can It Be,” “Whatever Lola Wants,” “Misty,” and “Broken Hearted Melody.” Join us at all four shows for a delightful romp through the history of song from the 1920s on.