LAVAY SMITH SINGS THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG & FATS WALLER SONGBOOKS
Lavay Smith - vocals
Jules Broussard - sax
Danny Armstrong - trombone
Ron Belcher - bass
Chris Siebert - piano
Lavay Smith, vocalist and bandleader of the Red Hot Skillet Lickers has become an internationally recognized Diva of Jazz and Blues, with a singing style influenced by Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Little Esther Phillips and other legendary greats.
This sultry chanteuse evokes a sensuous era of Jazz queens and sexy pinups and adds a modern, feminist twist. Lavay’s big, bluesy voice, exciting stage personality, and glamorous approach attract crowds around the world.
In addition to founding the Red Hot Skillet Lickers with Lavay Smith in 1989, Chris Siebert has also played and/or recorded with Snooky Pryor, Taj Mahal, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong, Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, Little Charlie & The Night Cats, Big Bones, Los Lobos, The Turk Murphy Alumni Band, Bo Grumpus, Denise Perrier, Brenda Boykin, Ledisi and Sugar Pie DeSanto. Chris is the musical director for the band, writes most of the arrangements and composes the original songs with Lavay Smith.
Jules Broussard learned to play by listening to Louis Jordan, Illinois Jacquet, and Earl Bostic in the 1940's. He has played and/or recorded with Ray Charles, Little Esther Phillips, Johnny Otis, Big Mama Thornton, Earl Grant, John Handy, Santana, Boz Skaggs, Steve Miller, Van Morrison and many other music greats. Jules is a renowned bandleader in his own right.
Performing or recording with such international stars as Branford Marsalis, Regina Carter, Rodney Franklin, John Handy, and Pete Escovedo, as well as a literal “who’s who” of the San Francisco jazz scene, Ron has garnered a reputation as one of northern California’s first-call jazz bassists.
Danny Armstrong has performed and recorded with many greats, including Rufus Thomas, Archie Bell and the Drells, Pete Escovedo, Elvin Bishop, Elouise Laws, Ann Peebles, The Legendary Sy Klopps Band, The Coasters, Bobby Freeman, and Lee Oskar.Visit Event Website for More Info