It would stand to reason that Natalie Cressman would emerge - EARLY in life - as the profound talent that she has become. And is becoming. Both of those. Her Mother is the exquisite vocalist, Sandy Cressman, who heard the call of Brazil in her heart and pursued those musical traditions with a passion that carried over to her daughter (who is an equal opportunity embracer!) Dad, Jim, is a much in-demand recording engineer who has had beautiful associations with many artists - in his studio capacity and also as a trombonist.
Which brings us to the subject of a young woman who learned a multitude of genres as a child - who also learned to play the trombone like Dad - and sing from the influence of Mom. Who fell in love with words and style and creativity. Here's someone who recognized ALL of that in one 18 year-old rarity: Trey Anastasio from Phish. He was blown away by the maturity of Natalie at that age - a wisdom in her approach and freshness of sound that persuaded him to ask her to join his musical entourage. You can hear echoes of his mentoring in Natalie's second CD, "Turn the Sea." But make no mistake - it has the stamp of a VERY special singer/songwriter/trombonist on it. And here's why..
Natalie, already head-full of eclectic musical tastes in high school, had an injury that sidelined her ballet aspirations. She then turned her focus to the work that Mom and Dad had enjoyed all her life - and she dived into the waters of education at the Manhattan School of Music. With the full support of her family, she explored those waters and played Salsa, Latin Jazz (Pete Escovedo), World with the respected Peter Apfelbaum, and established an ongoing career relationship with Trey - as well as Nicholas Payton and Wycliffe Gordon.
In bloom and on fire, Natalie Cressman WILL be heard! You'll fall in love with what YOU hear. Promise!
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