Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers: Tribute to Peggy Lee
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Lavay Smith & Peggy Lee
Tributes at Herbst

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers: Tribute to Peggy Lee

w/ Denise Perrier & Suzanna Smith

JUN 9–21 | 38th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival

Jun 19, 2020
Herbst Theatre
FriJun 19
8:00 PM

$35 | $45 | $55 | $65

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“A singular ensemble that puts a soulful stamp on a huge swath of American music” (Boston Globe), Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers bring a rollicking celebration of singing great Peggy Lee, performing her timeless songs with the joyous, dance-ready approach that blends swinging jump-blues and classic jazz.

Formed in 1986 and fronted by the sultry Smith, an alluring singer whose bluesy, brassy style draws on Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Little Esther Phillips, the band is known worldwide for tasty arrangements of tunes from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, as well as their finely crafted original compositions. Under the leadership of arranger and pianist Chris Siebert, the eight-piece ensemble features a rogue’s gallery of robustly swinging soloists from around the Bay Area who cut their teeth with everyone from Big Joe Turner to Ray Charles. They’ve released a trio of fine albums on Smith’s own Fat Note label, covering the gamut of legendary composers including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Irving Berlin, and Harold Arlen.

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For this performance, Smith and her band honor the legendary Lee and her hits, which include “Fever,” “Why Don’t You Do Right,” and “It’s a Good Day.”

Possessing a deep, finely textured voice, Smith knows how to have fun with a song.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Possessing a deep, finely textured voice, Smith knows how to have fun with a song.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Personnel

Lavay Smith vocals
Denise Perrier vocals
Suzanna Smith vocals
Mike Olmos trumpet
Danny Armstrong trombone
Lyle Link alto saxophone
Rob Barics tenor saxophone & clarinet
Chris Siebert piano & organ
Lee Bloom piano & organ
Ron Belcher string bass
Howard Wiley drums

Hands-down the best thing to come out of the jump/swing revival... the gal can sing her tail off.

Seattle Times

Personnel

Lavay Smith vocals
Denise Perrier vocals
Suzanna Smith vocals
Mike Olmos trumpet
Danny Armstrong trombone
Lyle Link alto saxophone
Rob Barics tenor saxophone & clarinet
Chris Siebert piano & organ
Lee Bloom piano & organ
Ron Belcher string bass
Howard Wiley drums

Hands-down the best thing to come out of the jump/swing revival... the gal can sing her tail off.

Seattle Times

Watch & Listen

Lavay Smith

Deed I Do

Lavay Smith

Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You?

Lavay Smith

Deed I Do

Lavay Smith

Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You?