Inspired by her jazz-loving parents and childhood addresses that spanned the globe, Ms. Lambert began singing professionally in coffee shops at the age of 12. Mentored by veterans of the Montreal jazz scene, including trumpeter Herbie Spanier, and influenced by the diverse vocal traditions of flamenco, fado, and jaipong, she grew up playing in professional jam sessions with visiting artists such as vocalist Jon Hendricks. She would go on to further refine her musical style studying with vocalist Jay Clayton, the legendary Cecil Taylor and others at the Banff Jazz Workshop. Geoff Chapman of the Toronto Star wrote that unadorned elegance is the keynote of Jeannette Lambert's singing and she was named one of the 500 best jazz vocalists of all time by author Scott Yanow in his book, Jazz Singers. She has performed around the world, written lyrics for music recorded by a number of other jazz vocalists, and co-founded the artist collective/record label Jazz From Rant with her brother, guitarist Reg Schwager, and her husband, drummer Michel Lambert, in 1991.
Re: Unclouded Day:
fantastic and jaw dropping JAZZNETT
a winning live document THE WIRE
like a cubist painting MODISTI
”Sand Underfoot is a top notch session … The undisputable
stand-out track is Sand Underfoot, … It sums up all of
this album's delicateness, creativity and telepathic
interaction ... Sand Underfoot remains firmly anchored in
jazz, if only by Jeannette's deep understanding of jazz
singing and Michel's flexible free swing, so there is no
need to be afraid.”
François Couture, All Music Guide
Pick of the Week: Amidst a crowded room of experimental
female jazz vocalists, Jeannette Lambert comes across as
refreshing alternative to the usual sound manipulators
Willing to teach
Jeannette's online jazz vocal course for beginners is
available in Chinese through IYA Music. She can be contacted
directly for private lessons.
Jeannette has given workshops on jazz vocal technique, free
improvisation and working with poetry.