Oh yeah, it’s time for our annual birthday tribute to the great Duke Ellington! It promises to be a super show and we are celebrating with Lavay Smith, a stellar singer who evokes that earlier, very nostalgic era – Lavay is a saucy vocalist with a big following, she’s steeped in Ellington’s music and in the blues. Real jazz entertainment!
“Pure class and a sense of humor… a time machine in vintage threads.” – Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue
“As a singer, Smith is both ravishing and compelling, and her band… is world-class.” – Marian Wallace, Alternative Press Magazine
“A lush vocal style recalling both Bessie Smith and Dinah Washington.” – Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times