Lucy Lambert Press Kit
Lucy Lambert Press Kit
Jazz Singer with a warm, soulful tone, jazz accordionist,
violinist, bandleader, multinstrumentalist, visual artist
Lucy Lambert is a virtuosic accordionist, violinist, jazz singer, and multi-instrumentalist living in Montreal. She is the founder, accordionist, lead
singer, and producer of Lucy Lambert's Violet Drift, who have just released their first full length jazz album.
Lucy's singing is influenced by the great vocalists of early jazz music and is often compared to jazz artists she is influenced by in her vocals such as Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith.
She released her first album of original folk songs in 2017 and has since performed and recorded with different groups such as the prize winning all female swing band 10%Velcro and the Ragtime Rebetiko Group Clinker.
She is a self taught musician who focusses on jazz accordion, singing, and violin, though genre bends to include swing, manouche, eastern european, and folk music. She came to jazz accordion through several years of playing in the street with different jazz bands as a travelling street performer, busking her way through Europe, East Asia and the United States.
That was before arriving in New Orleans where she was influenced by the music of Louisiana and early America, as well as the travelling subcultures of jazz and folkpunk. Her passion for European jazz and swing music developed into a passion for the soulful music of New Orleans’ traditional jazz, which she felt resonated with her experiences of travelling, heartache, and mysticism.
She now lives off a year long arts funding for youth artists under 30 which she has received from the Quebec Government which pays for her living expenses and the recording of her next album.
Lucy is also a visual artist with a degree in Painting & Drawing from Concordia University. Her experiences working in oil paints relates intellectually to her experience creating jazz arrangements, as she feels that her work as a painter speaks to the intuitive and spontaneous nature of creating an album with so much live improvisation. She is synesthetic, which means she has a neural cross over in which musical intervals and color relationships are very closely interwoven for her and can be experienced through her music. This analogous relationship between musical and artistic form influences her skills and passion for jazz improvisation.
Interview on 'Jazz Today' Radio Show with Tim Mah- Featuring 4 songs from our new album!
We have already had our new album featued on CBC's selection of Canadian jazz artists in Stanley Pean’s “Quand le Jazz est La” Show, and will soon be on CBC's Saturday Night Jazz show with juno award winner Laila Biali. We were featured with 5 of our songs and an interview on the Jazz Today Radio Show. We have had our album played on Jazz FM.91 Radio's 'Swing Set' with Juno Nominee Alex Pangman as well as the Little Gumbo show with Ronnie Littlejohn.
We have had recent rave reviews in Montreal's biggest Jazz publication, ''Sorties Jazz Nights'', as well as in the Syncopated Times jazz journal. We have also done a recent feature and interview in V13 Music mag.
We have also been featured and interviewed on the Mcgill University Morning After show on CKUT. We have also had our new music featured on Musique de Montreal’s web radio of best recent albums. Last week we were #1 on the CJSW Jazz Charts. We have also been featured on CIBL jazz Actuel show and CFRO-FM Accordion Noir show.
Lucy currently lives off a youth artist grant from the Quebec government which pays for her to live and record her next album over the duration of one year.
Album review in Sorties Jazz Nights!
''Lucy Lambert chante et tres bien... Fait confiance sur Lucy Lambert's Violet Drift. Il illuminera votre soiree.'' -Sorties Jazz Nights!
''Lucy Lambert sings very well... Have confidence in Lucy Lambert's Violet Drift. It will illuminate your night.''- Sorties Jazz Nights!
Combined with Lucy’s expressive jazz singing, influenced by Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith, our jazz quintet has recently released their first full length album of interpretations of the music of traditional jazz, featuring some of our favorite compositions from Duke Ellington and Jellyroll Morton, and Django Reinhardt. Centering jazz accordion, jazz cello, and clarinet in our arrangements, and with an incredible band of Montreal’s jazz musicians, our first album has been created.
Our band ofMontreal’s jazz musicians includes Joseph Abbott on the clarinet (Petunia and the Vipers), Louis Levesque founder of the Royal Pickles on the tenor banjo, virtuosic McGill Jazz MFA graduate Juliette Malgrange on cello(La Fin du Monde, La Steppe) and Tyler Parent on the bass.