“If there was such a thing as a jazzologist, then Lucy Lambert would be one. The musician practically lives and breathes jazz as the lead singer, accordionist, and bandleader for her acoustic jazz act Lucy Lambert’s Violet Drift. The Montreal-based band just released their self-titled debut album back in October, which features a bunch of modern interpretations of early jazz music. Many of these interpretations are real favourites of the band, including compositions originally by Duke Ellington and Jellyroll Morton. Several of them are lesser known, with Lambert and her associates paying tribute to compositions that made them want to be in a band in the first place.
Included in Lucy Lambert’s Violet Drift, aside from Lambert herself, is Joseph Abbott on clarinet, Louis Levesque on tenor banjo, Juliette Magrange on cello, and bassist Tyler Parent. Lambert rounds things out with her raw and soulful take on jazz. Originally from Vancouver, Lambert moved to Montreal after travelling for many years, where she found the music scene that she needed to be in. Along the way, she spent time living and playing in New Orleans and parts of Europe and East Asia. Outside of music, Lambert is also a graduate in Painting & Drawing from Concordia University and has a lot of experience working in oil paints, which she connects back to her songwriting.” -V13 Magazine
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We have already had our new album played on CBC's Saturday Night Jazz show with juno award winner Laila Biali. We also had three songs from our recent album featured on CBC radio canada's selection of Canadian jazz artists in Stanley Pean’s “Quand le Jazz est La” Show.
We were featured with 5 of our songs and an interview on the Jazz Today Radio Show, and 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.
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 sings in a manner influenced by the great singers 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.
Throughout Lucy's career as a jazz singer, heads turn when she begins to sing. She catches people off guard and captivates their attention immediately with her unique tone, enigmatic stage presence, and seductive and captivating aura. As a jazz accordionist she adds more unique emotional layers to the texture of the music she is creating and interpreting, and with jazz cello in our project we create a layered and suspended ambience, complementing Lucy's unique singing style. The focus on the uniquely improvised three part- harmonies of cello, clarinet and accordion give the album a romantic and dreamy feeling.
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 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.
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.
Lucy Lambert est une accordéoniste virtuose, violiniste, chanteuse de jazz et multi-instrumentiste vivant à Montréal. Elle est la fondatrice, accordéoniste et chanteuse principale de Violet Drift de Lucy Lambert, qui vient de sortir son premier album de jazz.
Elle a sorti son premier album de chansons folkloriques originales en 2017 et a depuis joué et enregistré avec différents groupes tels que le groupe de swing féminin primé 10%Velcro et le groupe Ragtime Rebetiko Clinker.
Elle est une musicienne autodidacte qui se concentre sur l’accordéon jazz, le chant et le violon, bien que le genre se plie pour inclure le swing, le manouche, l’Europe de l’Est et la musique folklorique. Elle est venue à l’accordéon jazz après plusieurs années à jouer dans la rue avec différents groupes de jazz en tant qu’artiste de rue itinérante, se frayant un chemin à travers l’Europe, l’Asie de l’Est et les États-Unis.
Lucy est également une artiste visuelle diplômée en peinture et dessin de l’Université Concordia. Ses expériences de travail dans la peinture à l’huile se rapportent intellectuellement à son expérience de création d’arrangements de jazz, car elle estime que son travail de peintre parle de la nature intuitive et spontanée de la création d’un album avec autant d’improvisation en direct.
Elle est synesthésique, ce qui signifie qu’elle a un croisement neuronal dans lequel les intervalles musicaux et les relations de couleur sont très étroitement entrelacés pour elle et peuvent être vécus à travers sa musique. Cette relation analogue entre la forme musicale et artistique influence ses compétences et sa passion pour l’improvisation jazz.