Trombonist Natalie Cressman to Release Solo Debut
Trey Anastasio Band trombonist Natalie Cressman (affectionately known as “Chainsaw”) has announced the release of her debut solo album, Unfolding, due out on August 10. On the album, Cressman is joined by her band Secret Garden on a series of original tunes, reinterpreted standards and jazz classics. In support of the album, Cressman will also perform four album release shows in late August and early September.
“I wanted to put together an album that shows who I am, standing apart from all the sideman work,” Cressman says. “I thought this was a great opportunity to pull from modern influences and make jazz relevant to a larger audience, though the music reflects what’s in my head, and wasn’t tailored to a certain genre or audience.”
Cressman has made a name for herself performing alongside accomplished musicians including revered jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton and multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum’s NY Hieroglyphics Ensemble. Cressman replaced her father, Jeff, in the Trey Anastasio Band in 2010 and serves as a member to this day.
Secret Garden is comprised of a prodigious group of young players including trumpeter Ivan Rosenberg (son of Ornette Coleman guitarist Chris Rosenberg), tenor saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, drummer Jake Goldbas, bassist Ruben Samama, and pianist Pascal LeBeouf. Also featured on the album is a guest appearance from fellow Trey Anastasio Band member Peter Apfelbaum.
Unfolding Release Shows
August 10 Berkeley, CA—Freight & Salvage
August 12 San Jose, CA—San Jose Jazz Festival
September 1 Kingston, NY—Wall Street Jazz Festival
September 6 New York, NY—DROM, NYC