Ruth Lambert is a talented and versatile jazz singer based in the north east of England who has established herself in recent years as one of the UK’s most classy and distinctive jazz vocalists. Balancing a voice of warmth and maturity with spark and charisma, Ruth is in her element whether fronting a big band or working with one or two other musicians to create a more intimate vibe.
A professional singer since the age of 18, Ruth began her love affair with jazz while at the University of Strathclyde where she studied music, receiving a First Class Honours degree and winning the prestigious Alexander Stone Scholarship for Excellence in Solo Performance.
She was the vocalist with the University’s award winning BAAM Big Band, whose alumni include some of the UK’s biggest jazz names, and was awarded a Special Commendation at the 2000 Boosey and Hawkes Big Band Competition, an honour usually reserved for instrumental soloists.
Ruth then returned to the north east and began carving out a niche for herself as one of the regions most sought after and accomplished jazz singers. She has performed at prestigious venues including The Sage Gateshead, South Shields Customs House, Durham’s Gala Millenium Theatre, the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and a number of international jazz festivals across the UK, including Glasgow, Gateshead and the Isle of Bute.
Although she is able to extend her enviable range and versatility to an ever-expanding repertoire of close to 200 jazz standards, Ruth prides herself on her improvisational abilityapproaching every song as if for the first time. Her main influences are Julie London, Anita O’Day, Carmen McRae and Chet Baker.
Ruth is the vocalist with the South Shields Customs House Big Band, with whom she also records, and also works with a diverse range of musicians, including Scotland’s Nigel Clarke and Brian Kellock, many of whom have christened her ‘the musician’s singer’ for her musical acumen and creativity. Ruth is also in demand as a vocal tutor and is the voice coach on the Bachelor of Music degree course at the Sage, Gateshead, and also at Newcastle University.
Ruth also performs country wide with The Shoeshop Quartet, a vintage inspired all girl barber shop outfit performing classic songs from the great American Song Book along with more contempory material.
In 2006 Ruth’s first solo album, So Many Stars, was released to great acclaim on the Jazzaction label. Her highly-anticipated second album Easy Street, featuring arrangements by John Warren, was released on the same label in 2008.
A third album from The Ruth Lambert Trio, with Mick Shoulder on double bass and Giles Strong on guitar, launched at the Jazz Cafe December 2014. The emphasis is on chilling out, with some original songs and jazz standards as well as some more contemporary tunes.
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From a piano duo, a guitar trio with double bass, a quintet with drums and saxophone, through to a full big band, Ruth has had over a decade of experience at providing bespoke musical entertainment for all kinds of private & corporate events, be it music for background, dancing or cabaret.
Ruth can tailor packages to suit each and every event from a charity ball, wedding reception or gala. Her repertoire spans the entire big band era and all of the great singers including Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Nat King Cole.
Corporate clients have included the Hilton, the Sage Gateshead, the Marriott Hotels and St James’s Park.
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The Ruth Lambert Trio has been picked as one of three artists to appear at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, performing on the BBC introducing stage. The showcase will take place at St Pauls Church in Cheltenham on Wednesday 27th April and will be hosted by Radio 2’s Jo Whiley. The show will be recorded for later broadcast across the BBC Introducing local radio network as well as Jo Whiley and Jamie Cullum’s Radio 2 shows the following week.
The new album from the Ruth Lambert Trio, with Mick Shoulder on double bass and Giles Strong on guitar, was launched at the Jazz Cafe on December 17th. The emphasis is on chilling out, with some original songs and jazz standards as well as some more contemporary tunes.
Ruth is pleased and proud to announce that she is now part of 'The Shoeshop Quartet', an all girl barber shop quartet based in the North East, performing classic songs from the Great American Songbook along with more contemporary material.