Internationally recognized as The Queen of classic Jazz & Blues in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s, Lavay Smith is the Real Deal! Lavay’s last album received a prestigious 4 & 1/2 Star review in Downbeat magazine and reached the top 10 on the National Billboard Jazz Charts.
Lavay Smith is backed up by her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, an all-star 8-piece band consisting of Trumpet, Trombone, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Piano, Bass and Drums. Lavay’s band feautures some of the best musicians in the world. Members of the Red Hot Skillet Lickers have worked with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughen, Nat “King” Cole, Nancy Wilson, Little Esther Phillips, Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter, Ray Charles, Bobby Hutcherson, Johnny Otis, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown,Herbie Hancock, Dr. John, Big Maybelle, Benny Goodman, and even Santana!
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are an international touring act, and they have performed in 42 states, Europe, Japan, Canada and Mexico. Lavay and her band have performed at the top festivals in North America, including The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kansas City Jazz & Blues Festival, The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Monterey Jazz Festival, The San Francisco Jazz Festival, The Ottawa Jazz Festival, The San Francisco Blues Festival, The Salt Lake City Jazz Festival, The Doheny Blues Festival, The Santa Barbara Jazz Festival, The San Diego Street Scene, The Rhode Island Rhythm & Roots Festival, and many more!