Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Whether singing her own compositions or drawing on a large repertoire of classics, Lavay Smith and her all-star, eight-piece band bake up good times for all. After first performing together in 1989, they immediately attracted crowds fond of Smith’s big, bluesy voice, personality, and glamour.

Consisting of four horns, piano, bass, and drums, the Red Hot Skillet Lickers have performed and recorded with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tito Puente, Lionel Hampton, Jay McShann, Johnny Otis, Wynton Marsalis, Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles, Big Mama Thornton, Taj Mahal, and Little Esther Phillips, to name a few. A Bay Area institution, Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers were voted the “Best Band in the Bay Area” in the 1998 SF Chronicle readers’ poll.