But for being born white, San Francisco chanteuse Lavay Smith might be the latter-day Billie Holiday. Smith has Lady Days throaty purr, though it might be more appropriate to say that Smith has Holidays purr down. Smith, see, is a natural-born self-promoter whose business is channeling swing/bebop legends such as Holiday, Bessie Smith, and Big Maybelle. That said, theres a lot to hype. Smith is a fine singer with a fine ear for songs, and shes extremely easy on the retinas.
Additionally, Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are a tonic to the eardrums, raising a joyful racket in the key of haute swing. The little big band provides music for hoofing at Wrigley Mansion in conjunction with the manses Summer Swing Dance Series.