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Natalie Cressman & Secret Garden, UNFOLDING

Natalie Cressman & Secret Garden -][- UNFOLDING –Mp3– [Cressman, 2012] –

New York-based trombonist/singer/composer Natalie Cressman has won acclaim for her ability to play fluently in a variety of musical styles, and at 21 years old she’s honed a preternaturally worldly conception of her own. Hailed a “velveteen-voiced brass-blower” by the Denver Post, Cressman has sought to stretch across stylistic boundaries with every project she takes on, each time striking listeners with the depth of her musicianship and her ability to blend seamlessly into so many different musical settings. From Carnegie Hall to the House of Blues, from the Apollo to Lincoln Center, Natalie’s versatility and enthusiasm for new music has propelled her into a richly diverse musical career.

Growing up in the diverse climate of San Francisco, CA, Natalie had an eclectic musical palette from an early age. By age 15, she was performing regularly in many different musical situations: Salsa (Edgardo Cambon e Orquesta Candela), Latin Jazz (Pete Escovedo’s Latin Jazz Orchestra), World Music (Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra), Brazilian (Sandy Cressman’s Homenagem Brasileira) and avante-garde Jazz (Peter Apfelbaum and the New York Hieroglyphics). Upon graduating high school, she had already performed alongside luminaries such as Miguel Zenon, Joe Lovano, Ambrose Akinmusire, Eric Harland, Josh Roseman, Sheila E., Jesus Diaz, Steven Bernstein, and Carlos Santana. In 2008, Natalie performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz Festival with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. In 2009, Natalie was selected to participate in the GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Band of America, California All State Jazz Band, SFJAZZ high school All- stars, Jazzschool Studio Band, and Jazz Band Classic. In 2010 Natalie was selected by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) as a YoungArts Winner in Jazz.

An accomplished improviser who has performed at many venues (Birdland, Joe’s Pub, the Jazz Gallery, the Apollo, Terminal 5, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Miles’ Café, Kenny’s Castaways, Drom, National Underground, Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall) as a sideman with groups including Nicholas Payton and Peter Apfelbaum’s NY Hieroglyphics Ensemble, she’s gained her widest exposure through three 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 venues with her own band, Secret Garden. Enamored by the music of Brazil, Cuba, and India, along with the American jazz and folk traditions, she has formed her own band to serve as an outlet for the multi- faceted music she creates. 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. -[Biography]-

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