Critic Quotes

“Lavay is wonderful! She and her band are a breath of fresh air. It is so unlikely and so exciting that a band would appear on the scene today that plays classic jazz and blues so well and so convincingly.” Johnny Otis

“...Smith and her eight-piece band celebrate the swinging big-band blues past with obvious enthusiasm and pleasure. Her light and airy voice, something of a cross between Anita O’Day and Helen Humes, shows natural affinity for the blues as it articulates the often saucy words to classic songs...” Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat

“ close to the real deal as you can get.” Adam Mazmanian, The New York Press

“Outstanding...the real deal. Unlike some retro-swing outfits that put posturing above musicianship, Smith and her red hot musicians are schooled in the nuances of blues, swing, and hop.” Lee Hildebrand, East Bay Express

Smith is intoxicating sound is fresh and smart Chicago Sun Times

“One of the top vocal acts in the world...some of the finest musicians anywhere. .A smile is guaranteed” Gavin Report

“Lush, stylish phrasing, first rate soloists” Los Angeles Times


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