About Dawn

 She floats through the song with the greatest of ease . . .

Dawn Lambeth has the rare gift of making a difficult art look easy. Her sweet rhythmic singing makes audiences smile. Other vocalists think the need to “create” new melodies and obscure the original lyrics, as if the Gershwins really needed to be improved on. Dawn likes to recognize the tune and sing the words so that listeners can enjoy them as much as she does. When she steps up to the microphone, she’s having a good time – one that she happily shares with us.

The songs she loves to sing might be familiar – THE MAN I LOVE or BLUE ROOM – or a song that makes you chuckle with its sly romance, MOONBURN – but old songs seem new when she sings them and new ones become old friends. “These songs are like the stories I love – they’re beautifully constructed little gems.” She’s also a fine swinging pianist, so she doesn’t need a big band and a sequined gown to bring music to any party.

Her voice is special – a beautiful instrument, lending itself easily to elation or the bittersweet feelings so often found in the songs of the great period – and she brings deep feeling to her music, without ever emoting or overacting. She doesn’t imitate anyone, but the memorable singers we all know resonate through her own singular approach, gentle and unaffected.

Dawn has appeared on four compact discs, winning praise from reviewers on both coasts, and she has performed at a dozen renowned jazz festivals in the United States and in Japan with musicians who are delighted to have her onstage. Her most recent release “Live at Studios on the Park (DVD)” was released in 2012. Residing in Paso Robles, California, she frequently delights Central Coast audiences with her Usonia Jazz Band, performing regularly for private events and at highly regarded hotels, wineries and music venues.

  • Let’s Get Lost On the Airwaves
  • Received airplay on over 100 radio stations and syndicated shows in the US, Canada, Australia, Europe and Japan
  • Was in the Top 10 jazz CD’s of the week for over 12 of those stations, and was #1 CD of the week at 2 of those stations.
  • Picked up for reissue in Japan(Vividsound) and Thailand(Hitman) and for licensing in China (Highnote)
  • Broke into CMJ Jazz Charts top 40 in July 2008


A few numbers from a concert we filmed in September 2011.  You can even pick up a copy of the DVD.

It's amazing what makes it to YouTube, here are some of my favorite performances up there, (with a million thanks to videographer and blogger, Michael Steinman )

A dream come true! Sitting in with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks at Sophia's, 2009. If I had known I'd get to sing with the band I would have found someone to put some finger waves in my hair!

With my dear friends, the High Sierra Jazz Band, doing a little Cole Porter with "Don't Fence Me In"

This was another treat! Sharing the stage at Monterey in March 2012 with the wonderful John Sheridan, Allen Vache, and John Cocuzzi, as well my friends the Reynolds Brothers


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    At historic venues, such as:
  • Avalon Theatre, Maryland
  • Hearst Castle, California
  • William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Smithsonian Institution, Wash., DC
    With many noted bands and musicians, including:
  • The Usonia Jazz Band
  • The Reynolds Brothers Rhythm Rascals
  • The Bobby Gordon Sextet
  • Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band
  • The Boilermaker Jazz Band
  • The High Sierra Jazz Band
  • Titan Hot Seven
  • The Grand Dominion Jazz Band
  • Eddie Erickson, Paul Mehling, Carl Sonny Leyland, Little Charlie Baty
    At more than a dozen renowned jazz festivals:
  • Arizona Classic Jazz Festival
  • Big Bear Lake’s Festival of Jazz
  • Desert Swingin’ Jazz in Palm Springs
  • Jazz in the Olympics
  • Jazz in the Rockies
  • Live Oak Music Festival
  • Mardi Gras in Fresno
  • Medford Jazz Festival
  • Dixieland Monterey Jazz Festival (Guest Artist in 2011 and 2013)
  • Pismo Beach Jazz Jubilee
  • Pittsburgh Jazz Festival
  • Sacramento Jazz Jubilee
  • San Diego Dixieland Jazz Festival
  • Seaside Jazz Festival
  • Sonoma County DixieJazz Festival
  • Spokane Dixieland Jazz Festival
  • Swing in the Colony, Atascadero
  • Sweet and Hot Jazz Festival, Los Angeles

Photos on this page by Allyson Magda, Mike Larson, Colleen Rosenthal