Swingin’ and sin­gin’: Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skil­let Lick­ers

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The Santa Fe events in this year’s New Mexico Jazz Fes­ti­val start out warm and swing­ing with a Wed­nes­day, July 15, con­cert fea­tur­ing Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skil­let Lick­ers. The glam­orous lead singer in­ten­si­fies the retro vibe of her cho­sen mu­si­cal do­main — clas­sic blues and jazz — with a sexy stage pres­ence, vintage dresses, and just the right vo­cal chops for the job. The Bay Area na­tive, who be­gan singing in 1988, works with a ballsy septet that in­cludes sax­o­phon­ists Jules Brous­sard (whose ca­reer in­cludes work with Alice Coltrane and San­tana) and Charles McNeal (Boz Scaggs). Her third al­bum, Miss Smith To You!, fea­tures three orig­i­nals co-writ­ten with pi­anist Chris Siebert and a hand­ful of stan­dards such as “‘Deed I Do,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “Need a Lit­tle Sugar in My Bowl,” and “Jumpin’ in the Morn­ing.” This free con­cert is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the St. John’s Col­lege Mu­sic on the Hill se­ries. The fun starts at 6 p.m. on the ath­letic field of the col­lege, 1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca; call 505-984-6000. — Paul Wei­de­man

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