Lavay Smith: The Music of Bessie Smith

Lavay Smith: The Music of Bessie Smith

 

Lavay Smith
& Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
Music of Bessie Smith

Thursday, March 6, 7:00pm · 8:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Lavay Smith
Almost Sold Out

The Music of Bessie Smith

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 Thursday the 6th, Lavay pays tribute to the gutsy, vibrant Empress of the Blues, the great Bessie Smith. The most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and early 30s, Smith was known best for her interpretations of the classics “Downhearted Blues,” “’Taint Nobody’s Bizness If I Do,” “A Good Man is Hard To Find,” “Gimme a Pig Foot (And a Bottle of Beer),” and “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out.” Her haunting voice and powerful delivery remains as influential as it was during her heyday. Join us at all four shows for a delightful romp through the history of song from the 1920s on.

Artist Personnel

Lavay Smith vocals
Jules Broussard alto & tenor saxophones
Danny Armstrong trombone
Chris Siebert piano
Ron Belcher bass
Howard Wiley drums

Artist Website

"Hands-down the best thing to come out of the jump/swing revival...the gal can sing her tail off. " — Seattle Times
"A singular ensemble that puts a soulful stamp on a huge swath of American music. " — Boston Globe