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Swingin’ Jazz/Blues Singer Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
Armstrong Theatre at Torrance Cultural Arts Center (Torrance, CA)
Vocalist and bandleader Lavay Smith fronts the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, one of the top swingin’ jazz and blues bands in the world. An internationally recognized diva of song, Smith draws influence from the greats like Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith and other legends. Whether singing her own compositions or drawing on a large repertoire of classics, Lavay and her all-star eight-piece band mix up a formula for dancing and good times. This sultry chanteuse evokes the sensuous era of jazz queens and sexy pinups while adding a modern, feminist twist.