Trombonist, vocalist, and composer Natalie Cressman defies the expected. Her vocal agility and crystalline delivery, paired with her expressive range on trombone, offers audiences a fully three-dimensional experience. Hailing from an illustrious musical family, the San Francisco-raised trombonist, vocalist, and composer 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, she’s gained her widest exposure through seven years of touring with Phish’s Trey Anastasio.
At the same time she’s managed to earn a degree from Manhattan School of Music and perform at top New York venues with her own band. Her debut release 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 or reinterpreting a standard, Natalie fully embraces the imperative to render the music in her own image. What her music 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. Natalie is an artist endorser for King Trombones.
My teaching approach relies heavily on learning by ear and developing a broad understanding of musical theoretics both by term, sight, and sound.
I like to start by building a foundation of good instrumental technique, but like to assign technical exercises that are mentally challenging at the same time.
I like to set long-term goals and work backwards to achieve them in the given time frame.