Dawn Lambeth Sextet
Get caught up in the infectious joy of the Swing Era as Dawn and her sextet entertain and romance you with their elegant, high spirited interpretations of classic jazz and swing standards. Dawn’s silky voice and sparkling rapport with audiences has made her a favorite performer at west coast festivals and this year she brings an all star lineup who share her love of the music of the 30’s & 40’s. You’ll find it hard to stay off the dance floor with the unwavering rhythm section of Josh Collazo, Mikiya Matsuda, and Chris Dawson. And trumpeter Danny Tobias and reedman Jacob Zimmerman evoke the excitement and camaraderie of the small group sessions of greats like Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. More info at www.dawnlambeth.com
“These are the songs that dreams are still made of and Lambeth has the kind of voice that will soothe and warm up any cold night.” – John Book
Individual Musician Bios
Residing in Paso Robles, Dawn Lambeth has appeared at jazz festivals in the United States and Japan and performs regularly at venues throughout the Central Coast. Her last CD, “Let’s Get Lost” won praise from reviewers and DJ’s and was picked up for reissue in both Japan and Thailand.
Known on the traditional jazz circuit for his Teddy Wilson stride stylings, pianist Chris Dawson is a versatile and much in demand pianist who’s work has included collaborating with Nancy Wilson and Dick Hyman, and recording for Warner Brothers, Verve and Arbor Records.
New Jersey based trumpeter Danny Tobias has performed previously at Monterey with the Midiri Brothers and brings beautiful shape, swing and artful improvisation to his performances. Danny’s skills and repertoire embrace a variety of styles, although he is strongly influenced by Louis Armstrong, Ruby Braff, Buck Clayton and Chet Baker.
Josh Collazo is a Los Angeles based drummer who specializes in playing 1930’s/40’s jazz and swing with various groups across the nation. Outside of his jazz career, Josh has also been a member of Grammy award winning Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros since 2007.
Seattle based saxophonist/clarinetist Jacob Zimmerman is known for a deep knowledge of the American Songbook and jazz repertoire and much in demand for traditional jazz events and swing dances. In addition to running his own group in Seattle, Jacob performs regularly with Ray Skejlbred and Jonathan Doyle, and was featured prominently on 2 of Rachel & Vilray’s jazz albums. www.jacobrexzimmerman.com
Bassist and steel guitarist Miyika Matsuda resides in San Francisco, where he is the leader of The Alcatraz Islanders, a swing-era Hawaiian band. Mikiya has played at venues and festivals across the US, working with a range of artists, including Clint Baker, the Hot Club of San Francisco, Dave Stuckey and many others.