Ruth Lambert
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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.

Click on any of the album tracks to hear a sample of Ruth's music

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A love that never dies
Everything was so beaufiful
I fall in love too easily
How could I
I'm in the mood for love
Love me like a man
You and the night and the music
So tell me
It would be yours
Time after time

Easy Street
Never Will I Marry
Beautiful Love
Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
Round Midnight
Taking A Chance On Love
Cry Me a River
Secret Love
Love That Never Dies
This Is Always
West Coast Blues

I'm Gonna Go Fishing
I've Got The World On A String
Lush Life
Black Coffee
Devil May Care
I'm Glad There Is You
So Many Stars
You Don't Know What Love Is
No Moon At All
I Get Along Without You Very Well
Love For Sale

music for events

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.

Click on sample tracks to hear Ruth with various accompaniment

piano duo

Lets Fall In Love

What A Difference A Day Makes

guitar and double bass

It's Only A Paper Moon

A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

Let's Do It

When I Fall In Love

big band

The Lady Is A Tramp

Almost Like Being In Love

Be-bop Spoken Here, Lance Liddle
'Every track a gem.' Easy Street review

The Informer, Pete Dixon
'A fine set of American classic songs served up on the right side of cool with Lambert's distinctive vocals - subtle and evocative with a bittersweet edge.' Easy Street review

The Crack 'First Lady of North East Jazz'
Not the second, third or fourth, but the first lady of north-east jazz. That's Ruth Lambert. Imagine. And she’s not known in jazz circles as “the musician’s singer” for nothing. No. She’s known for it because musicians think she’s a great singer. And she is. She’s been something of a presence on the north-east jazz scene for the last seven years or so playing the likes of The Sage Gateshead, The Customs House and Durham’s Gala Theatre (as well as copious jazz festivals) and she’s currently getting set to release her second album “Easy Street” which will showcase her extraordinary vocal flair to grand effect. And to help launch the album in suitable style, she’s playing a one-off special gig at the Saville Exchange in North Shields with her esteemed sextet. Our verdict: accept the whole Ruth and nothing but the Ruth. RM

Th Crack - Easy Street review
Ruth Lambert Easy Street (Jazzaction) A fixture on the local jazz scene in recent years, Lambert has an effortless singing style and she lends real warmth and charm to these classic tunes such as a smoky ‘Round Midnight, a heartfelt Cry Me A River and a toe-tapping Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend. Beautiful arrangements leave her voice centre-stage and jazz fans will lap this up. GM'

The Journal- Interview
'New mum Ruth Lambert in tune with her emotions' Three years after her acclaimed debut, North East jazz singer Ruth Lambert is launching her second album ... and is still as in love with jazz as she ever was, as she tells Grace Scott. WHEN it comes to the image of jazz, The Fast Show has a lot to answer for. Thanks to Paul Whitehouse and his funny chums, many people find it difficult to think of jazz without conjuring an image of a dingy room full of men in polo necks, nodding and exclaiming ‘nice’, as an unidentified instrument caterwauls in the background. .. Funny? Yes ... but a far cry from the real story. As acclaimed local jazz vocalist Ruth Lambert explains, it begins and ends with the song. She says: “The first thing that attracted me to jazz was the songs. In the Great American Songbook there is a song for every emotion and just about any situation you could think of, all beautifully written. “I think audiences can often relate to a singer because of the words of the songs. Many people who say they don’t understand jazz will also tell you that they love Ella Fitzgerald or Billie Holiday. I think that the lyrics and the sentiment of the songs make the music more accessible.” Despite working as a professional singer since the age of 18, Ruth, who is based in Cullercoats, North Tyneside, only really discovered those great songs for herself when she went to study music at the University of Strathclyde. She picked up a first-class honours degree and the prestigious Alexander Stone Scholarship for excellence in solo performance along the way. But it was when she was recruited into the university’s award-winning Big Band, whose alumni include some of the UK’s biggest jazz names, that she really found her niche. She says: “What really got me hooked on jazz was the improvisational aspect. I love that you never know what’s coming next and that it’s never the same way twice. With improvised music you have to really communicate, really listen to each other.” Confident that she had found her musical medium in jazz, Ruth returned to the North East after graduation and started her singing career in earnest, ultimately earning herself a residency with the Customs House Big Band in South Shields and playing venues such as The Sage Gateshead, Baltic, and various jazz festivals including Glasgow, Gateshead and the Isle of Bute. Ruth says: “The local scene has been on the up over the last few years – long may it continue. “We have some world-class musicians here and some very appreciative audiences, plus some very talented younger players coming through.” .. It was through the local scene that Ruth met the musicians who make up her exceptional sextet, all respected names in their own right, featuring local jazz luminaries such as Paul Edis on piano, Mark Williams on guitar, Andy Champion on double bass, Tim Johnston on drums, Graeme Wilson on saxophone and Graham Hardy on trumpet. The last few years have been something of a rollercoaster for Ruth, as she attempted to juggle her music career with the demands of being a new mum. But, although it has been a challenge, she reckons her role as a mother has strengthened her resolve and added a new dimension to her performance. She’s come a long way since her debut album in 2006, So Many Stars ... and on Friday, she’s launching the follow-up release, Easy Street to demonstrate in full. “I recorded the first album when I was first finding my feet in jazz. Now I feel much more established in my career and more confident as a result,” she says. “Motherhood has brought a massive change on many different levels. I’ve grown up emotionally and am finally happy in my own skin. I’m much more relaxed and I think that shows in my voice and in the music.”

Bebop Spoken Here, Lance Liddle
Ruth Lambert CD Launch @ The Saville Exchange, North Shields. Ruth Lambert (vcl), Mark Williams (gtr), Paul Edis (pno), Andy Champion (bs,), Tim Johnstone (dms), Graham Hardy (tpt), Graeme Wilson (ten). The girl was nervous, this was a big one for her. Ruth and the team had put a lot of time and effort amid a blaze of local publicity in launching this, her second CD. If she fell flat on her face she'd be doing it in front of a lot of fans and friends - the worst place to fall. Ruth didn't fall. Instead, she emerged triumphant and unfaltering. Even in the opening bars of "Easy Street" - the title of the album - her voice never wavered. It was a brave move to open with just guitar accompaniment but Mark Williams isn't just any guitarist. He fed Ruth the chords giving her the ideal cushion as well as playing a delicate solo of his own. The applause that followed Mark's solo told Ruth it was going to be okay - the natives were friendly. Throughout the evening it just got better and better - I doubt if I've ever heard Ruth sound so good. All but one of the songs on the new CD were represented as well as a few from her first CD and each one was on the money. The encore - "Secret Love" - which Ruth dedicated to Russell had our boy beaming with delight! The band, fluctuating in size and line-up from number to number, were never superfluous always providing solid content and meaty solos. Mark William's solo on "This Is Always" perhaps the instrumental highlight - sheer magic - although Paul's sensitivity on "Cry Me a River" didn't hurt either. But this was Ruth's night - a night when she moved her profile up a gear or three. It's a great CD Ruth - every home should have one. Sorry I couldn't make it to the Maggi Bank afterwards - I hope they rolled out the Red Carpet for you.

Be-bop Spoken Here
Sunday, March 23, 2014 Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Jazz Café. March 22 Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass) (Review by Russell). A busy Saturday night in the Jazz Café. A prime spot bagged, a table shared with a clutch of jazz singers in town to hear Ruth Lambert. West Coast Blues. Lambert had a gig goin’ in the Caff. The band – Giles Strong and Mick Shoulder – relaxed, in form, a winning formula. I Fall in Love Too Easily, Lambert lamented: …my heart should be well schooled. Bonnie Raitt’s Love Me Like a Man, a shared favourite of our vocalist and this reviewer. Lambert wondered out loud…Will Raitt one day feature in the Gas Book? Looking around the room, listeners were transfixed, Lambert at the top of her game as guitarist Strong played the blues as tastefully as one could wish hear. No Moon at All, You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (the boys in the band at their best), a measured Angel Eyes. The second set was just like the first – magical. Let’s Do It, Skylark (wow!), Blue Skies. In the company of an A-list singer, she confided that listening to Lambert was like attending a master class. From one A-lister to another, no higher praise. Time After Time, some gigs just get better and better, Lambert casually leaning against the piano, there’s little else to say other than catch one of Lambert’s forthcoming gigs – she is in prime form. Russell.

Be-bop Spoken Here ....Russell
CD Review: Ruth Lambert Trio – Three Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass) (Review by Russell) Three is Ruth Lambert’s third CD release and the first with her trio of Giles Strong (guitar) and Mick Shoulder (double bass). Twelve tracks (six original compositions and six standards) sustain a remarkably high standard of performance. Voice, guitar and bass have been recorded with painstaking attention to acoustic detail by studio producer Adam Sinclair. Lambert’s A Love That Never Dies and Strong’s Everything Was Beautiful open the album with a statement of intent; stripped-back, up-close compositions. Listen with headphones and one can almost hear the beating hearts such is the intimacy of it all. Love Me Like a Man is more often heard as a raucous command. Here the acoustic balance seeks to defy the lyric, resisting the temptation to let rip. Skylark’s will o’ the wisp fragility is handled with the utmost care; Lambert has a case for claiming the definitive take on Hoagy Carmichael’s tune with Strong and Shoulder playing the notes, the right notes, and no more. A Shoulder/Lambert composition – So Tell Me – indicates the potential for more self-penned material in future. The Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne classic Time After Time closes the album with Lambert’s effortless swinging vocals. Three’s production values are second to none, so much so one could be forgiven for thinking it had been recorded on the legendary Pablo record label. Album credits are due to Adam Sinclair (engineer, mixer and producer), cover design/artwork by Mick Shoulder and photography by Zoe Strong. Three is impossibly intimate, impossibly good. Three (RLT1) is available at Russell.

Be-bop Spoken Here....Russell
CD Launch Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Jazz Café. December 17 Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass) (Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Ken Drew & Crufts) Ruth Lambert had the world (and a rapt Jazz Café audience) on a string, wrapped around her finger. Lambert launched her trio’s new CD at Jazz North East’s Christmas Schmazz concert promotion. All seats taken, Ms Lambert, in the company of Giles Strong (guitar) and Mick Shoulder (double bass), gave a commanding performance in the art of intimate jazz singing. Ms Lambert shimmered in a ‘must-have’ bottle-green dress of some vintage and heels as Messrs Strong and Shoulder looked the part in lounge suits (matching ties, on the advice of their stylist). The trio opened with You and the Night and the Music. Having heard Ms Lambert sing the Schwartz and Deitz number on countless occasions it came as a surprise to hear her hold notes at length. A wonderful surprise. A Lambert original - A Love That Never Dies (written some twenty years ago) – is heard in the head with Graeme Wilson’s tenor saxophone solo, whereas this version lost nothing in its stripped down state. I’m in the Mood for Love, I’ve Got the World on a String (Lambert sure did) and Skylark. Hoagy’s masterpiece is Lambert’s. When your BSH correspondent appears on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs (unlikely, but you never know) Lambert’s recording (on her new CD) will be the one disc rescued from the waves (‘it’s been a pleasure, Kirsty’). Giles Strong got down on the blues; Love Me Like a Man. Superb intro, Lambert got in the groove, telling it like it is. Mick Shoulder’s It Would Be Yours took it down, the bass playing the tops, as it was all night. I Fall in Love Too Easily (Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne),Time After Time (ditto comp.). It doesn’t get any better (Strong’s guitar on the former a highlight of the evening bringing to mind the phrase ‘just like that.’). Two sets of truly incomparable jazz singing. Only one way to go out with an encore at this time of year – Santa Baby. Merry Christmas! Footnote: Lindsay’s pooch (see photo) loved every minute of the gig! Russell.

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