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 over a dozen renowned jazz festivals in the United States and in Japan. Her CD Let's Get Lost received airplay on over 100 radio stations and syndicated shows in the US, Canada, Australia, Europe and Japa, broke into the CMJ Jazz Charts top 40  and was picked up for reissue in Japan and Thailand and for licensing in China.  Residing in Paso Robles, California, she frequently delights Central Coast audiences, performing regularly for private and public events and at highly regarded wineries, and event and music venues.


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  • Central Coast Events
  • Atascadero Concerts on the Park
  • SLO Jazz Festival 
  • Savor the Central Coast
  • North County Concert Series
  • Paso Robles Wine Festival
  • CA Mid-State Fair
  • 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
  • Pismo Beach Jazz Jubilee
  • Pittsburgh Jazz Festival
  • Redwood Coast Music 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
  • At historic venues, such as:
  • Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA
  • Fremont Theater, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Balboa Pavilion, Newport Beach, CA
  • William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Smithsonian Institution, Wash., DC
  • Avalon Theatre, Maryland
  • Many Central Coast Venues including:
  • The Cliffs
  • D'Anbino
  • DAUO Vineyards
  • Hearst Ranch
  • Hotel Cheval
  • Edna Valley
  • Opolo
  • Pear Valley 
  • Sculpterra
  • SeaVenture
  • Studios on the Park
  • Villa San-Juliette Vina Robles, CA
  • Vinoteca