Lavay Smith is internationally recognized as The Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues in the authentic style of the 1940's and 1950's. 

Whether singing her own compositions or drawing on a large repertoire of classics, Lavay and her all-star 7-piece band bake up

an instant recipe for dancing and good times.

Melissa Cruz is a Bay Area-based flamenco professional and has been a full-time flamenco artist and instructor for the past 12 years. She is a Bay Area-based flamenco professional and has been a full-time flamenco artist and instructor for the past 12 years.

The Coyote Bandits started at La Sierra University in Riverside, California in 2010. Their version of Americana mixes folk, indie, gospel, blues, and bluegrass in search of what it means to imagine a better world. 

From Seattle to Paris Wendy spreads the gospel of Chicago based blues piano and boogie woogie. She’s well steeped in the stylings of Otis Spann, Memphis Slim, Sunnyland Slim and Albert Ammons - the greats of boogie and blues, and honed her skills working with contemporary artists Steve Freund, Otis Rush and the late Hank Ballard who’s love of the blues showed in all of his rock classics. 

Candace Roberts is a San Francisco based singer/songwriter, filmmaker and cabaret artist. Candace’s cabaret shows, often deemed “brave”, are chock-full of original songs and American songbook covers and they deliver big on social commentary and confessional story-telling, covering wide-ranging topics.

Cadillac Benefit Concert


In 2011 I received an email from a pianist who invited me to perform with him in San Francisco at the Cadillac Hotel. I had never heard of this venue, but was excited to perform somewhere new. Our performance was held at noon on a Friday. The Cadillac Hotel is situated in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. When I entered the hotel, I was surprised to learn that it was not a hotel anymore but a supportive housing development for over 160 tenants.


They have a beautiful lobby, dominated by an old fireplace and a beautiful antique Steinway piano. I set up my cello and the pianist and I warmed up before the performance. When we were about to begin our show, about 30 residents were seated in the audience, plus some audience members who worked in San Francisco who came to hear the concert during their lunch break.


We performed 3 pieces, and each time we finished a piece, we were met with warm and appreciative applause. After the performance, many residents went up to me and complimented us and were very thankful that we were there to perform for them.


Since then, I've come back to the Cadillac Hotel over and over again to perform for one of my favorite audiences. 


The woman behind these noontime concerts is Kathy Looper. Kathy Looper not only works with residents to provide housing and a safe place to live, but works to brighten their day through a series of concerts for both the residents of the Cadillac Hotel and anyone from the neighborhood who wants to let their cares drift away and sit back and hear a concert.


Recently while doing a concert there, Kathy seemed very upset. When I talked with her, she told me that they had recently received an order from the city to upgrade the buildings electrical system at a cost of over $300,000.


This benefit concert is to help both the Cadillac Hotel and Kathy Looper keep doing what they do to help some very vulnerable people. Along with the Cadillac Hotel, also in jeopardy is a doctor’s office for Chinese immigrants, the Bay Area Women’s and Children’s Center, a HeadStart program for 40 children, the Tenderloin Museum and SF Clean City. 


Please join us for a concert to help raise money for these worthwhile services. We'll be holding an exciting concert featuring a diverse range of San Francisco based musical acts who are donating their time. The concert will be free, but we'll be asking for donations to help Kathy manage the electrical upgrade bill.



TIME: 12 - 5 PM




From his roots as an award-winning classical bassoonist and jazz saxophonist- Paul has sought to expand the lexicon of the bassoon while creating a unique musical voice. As one reviewer puts it, “But he simply transcends technique to a point where the listener no longer has in mind that itʼs a BASSOON that heʼs playing.”

Three Times Bad is “a hot new string band born from the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed, transmedia novel badbadbad” (Hood River News) by group leader Jesus Angel. Based in Oakland and San Francisco, California, Three Times Bad plays “bluevelvetgrass,” a bent contemporary form of “dirty American roots music” that’s both genre-defying and inclusive.

Carol Roudman

Carol Roudman has taught piano for 47 years, and is currently retired.  She has taught over 500 students, from ages 5 to 86.  She loves playing classical to old standards, and performing at weddings and festive parties.  Her most famous piano student was Carol Doda. 

From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before.

Pianist Noel Benkman has gone on four concert tours of China. In 2006 he was awarded Honorary Visiting Professor of Music by the School of Fine Arts of Shanxi University. He performed the Rhapsody in Blue with the New American Orchestra in the Opening Ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles at which time he also recorded the soundtrack for ABC television.

The Monday Night Band at SFJAZZ performs various styles and genres of jazz.