Begin the Beguine: James Lambeth Sings Cole Porter!

James Lambeth returns to the Fringe for the third year running with companions Steve Hamilton on piano and Mario Caribe on the double bass. The Oklahoma-born musician delivers an inviting evening of jazz that ranges from soft voiced blues to powerful swing.

Lambeth handles himself expertly and leaves a lasting impression of a jazz musician who can sing exceptionally well.

Whilst a jazzman by heart, Lambeth varies his style with the country piece Don’t Fence Me In. He rattles off well known numbers such as The Way You Look Tonight and also sings an original song dedicated to his ex-girlfriend that demonstrates his versatility and creativity. As a musician, Lambeth has both the stage charisma and the vocal talents of Michael Bublé, but is far more reserved when it comes to his personality. He doesn’t take forever to explain himself, he’s concise but informative enough about what he sings. On top of this, he comes across as a funny, courteous and charming individual. For the audience in general he was well received, and gained a huge round of applause for his rendition of Miss Otis Regrets. His performance can help clear your mind and let’s you feel refreshed after the hustle and bustle of the festival.

True to the nature of what he performs, Lambeth is clearly a man who is passionate about what he enjoys and exhibits the stoic professionalism of an accomplished musician who has a bright future ahead of him. It’s a pleasure to see such a capable performer with both the style and grace that is demanded by the stage; Lambeth handles himself expertly and leaves a lasting impression of a jazz musician who can sing exceptionally well.

Reviews by Stuart Mckenzie

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The Blurb

James Lambeth returns for a third year at the Edinburgh Fringe, following two sell-out years with shows featuring the music of Duke Ellington and George and Ira Gershwin. This year vocalist James Lambeth returns with a sparkling selection of songs from the genius of Cole Porter. Backed by virtuoso pianist Steve Hamilton and top guest jazz musicians, Cole's wit and Lambeth's silky vocals are the perfect combination. Book early!