From Carnegie Hall to the House of Blues, from the Apollo to Lincoln Center, her versatility and enthusiasm for new music has propelled her into a richly diverse musical career.
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Hailing from an illustrious musical family, the San Francisco-raised trombonist, vocalist and composer Natalie Cressman has been adopted by a disparate cast of masters, and at 21 years old she’s honed a preternaturally worldly conception of her own.
From Carnegie Hall to the House of Blues, from the Apollo to Lincoln Center, her versatility and enthusiasm for new music has propelled her into a richly diverse musical career. An accomplished improviser who has performed with Nicholas Payton, Wycliffe Gordon, and Peter Apfelbaum’s NY Hieroglyphics Ensemble, she’s gained her widest exposure through two years of touring with Phish’s Trey Anastasio. At the same time she’s managed to excel in her studies at Manhattan School of Music and perform at top New York jazz spots with her own band. Unfolding captures her rapidly blossoming sensibility, a sound shaped by her love of Cuban, Brazilian and West African music, indie rock, funk and the post-bop continuum.
Whether playing an original, reinterpreting a standard or exploring a jazz classic, Cressman fully embraces the imperative to render the music in her own image. What her work with Secret Garden reveals is an utterly contemporary artist steeped in several traditions, an artist who sees no barriers between the incalculable accomplishments of the past and the urgent demands of the present. While Cressman possesses a highly expressive voice on trombone, smooth and gleaming one minute and gruff and earthy the next, the album’s biggest surprise is her crystalline singing voice, a thing of jaw-dropping beauty. Her writing is dynamic and vibrant, and allows her to coax graceful gestures out of the trombone and combine them with her soaring vocals. Part of what makes Unfolding such a enthralling listening experience is the way Cressman’s voice and horn interact with each other.
Cressman was practically weaned on jazz and Brazilian music. Her mother is the esteemed American-born Brazilian jazz vocalist Sandy Cressman, who’s assembled a vast treasure trove of tunes by Brazil’s best contemporary composers. Her father is recording engineer and trombonist Jeff Cressman, a longtime member of Santana. While Natalie evidenced a real gift for trombone at an early age, as a child she channeled most of her creative energy into dance as a ballet devotee.
When an injury kept her off the barre for three months in her junior year of high school, she turned her focus to music. She quickly started working at a professional level, playing salsa with Uruguayan percussionist Edgardo Cambon e Orquesta Candela, Latin Jazz with Pete Escovedo’s Latin Jazz Orchestra, spiritually charged world music with Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra, Brazilian jazz with Sandy Cressman’s Homenagem Brasileira, and global avant-garde jazz with Peter Apfelbaum and the New York Hieroglyphics. A close family friend, Apfelbaum stepped in as a mentor for Cressman eventually inviting her to join the New York Hieroglyphics at the 2008 Monterey Jazz Festival. She went on to work with Carlos Santana, Joe Lovano, Sheila E., Miguel Zenon, Ambrose Akinmusire, Eric Harland, Josh Roseman, Jesus Diaz, and Steven Bernstein.
Earning a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music would be heady stuff for most high schoolers, but in 2010, at the age of 18, Cressman joined Trey Anastasio new solo project. She spent parts of 2010-2013 touring with the stylistically expansive jam band, which draws on everything from blues reggae and funk to jazz and Latin grooves. Featured on a number of tunes, she also contributes horn solos and vocals on the live album TAB at the TAB (Rubber Jungle Records) as well as Traveler (Atto Records). As an educator, Natalie Cressman has taught at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Nueva School, in addition to private teaching. Cressman credits her spectacularly rich cultural upbringing for providing the creative fuel behind her rapid ascent. With Unfolding, Cressman leaves no doubt she’s one of the most exciting young players on the New York scene. Cressman is an artist endorser for King Trombones.
“Traveler” Trey Anastasio, ATO Records
“Live at the Bunker” Steven Lugerner Dectet, Primary Records
“Unfolding” Natalie Cressman and Secret Garden, Cressman Music.
“Tab at the Tab” Trey Anastasio Band, Rubber Jungle Music.
“RLQ” – Rosenberg-Lefkowitz Quintet, Tedesco Studios.
“Rock and Roll Lover” Viva DeConcinni
“To Hear From There” Wayne Wallace, Patois Records.
“Generaciones” San Francisco Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, Riera Digital Entertainment.
“New Constellations: Live in Vienna” Josh Roseman Unit, Accurate Records
“It is Written” Peter Apfelbaum and the New York Hieroglyphics Ensemble (ACT)
“Brasil: Sempre no Coracao” Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira, Cressman Music
“Kirtan! The Art and Practice” Jai Uttal, Sounds True.
“Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme” from Broadway production, Dreamworks.
“Madre Rumba, Padre Son” Edgardo Cambon y Orquesta Candela, Pan Caliente Records.