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Swing era jazz & blues group visiting Minden

Nevada Appeal staff report
Lavay Smith, who is presenting a big band jazz show on Jan. 16 in Minden, is also hosting a vocal workshop the following day in Gardnerville.

The third concert in Carson Valley Arts Council’s 2014-2015 concert series will feature music by Bay Area singer Lavay Smith, called the “Queen of Classic Jazz and Blues,” and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 at the CVIC Hall on Esmeralda Avenue in Minden.

Smith celebrates the Swing Era of the 1940s and evokes an era of glamorous retro divas. Her second album, titled “Everybody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Miss Thing,” incorporates a variety of classic American musical styles, including swing, bebop, salsa, jump blues, and New Orleans rhythm and blues. The album includes six original tunes and other classic and obscure ones, and features arrangements by David Berger, arranger for Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance; $25 at the door; and $5 for students with ID.

Smith is hosting a youth vocal workshop with Chris Siebert from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville.

The 90-minute workshop will focus on the American musical traditions of blues and jazz, with an emphasis on classic music of the 1920s-50s.

Adults are welcome to attend, as well as students in grades 7-12.

Registration, required by Jan. 15, costs $10 for students and $40 for adults and includes admission to the concert on Jan. 16.

For concert tickets or to register for the workshop, go to Carson Valley Arts Council’s ticket office at the Copeland Cultural Arts Center, 1572 U.S. Highway 395 in Minden, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; or call 775-782-8207; or go to http://www.cvartscouncil.com.

To listen to a sample of Lavay Smith’s music, go to http://www.lavaysmith.com.