Cressman has spent a vast majority of the last four years touring the jam band circuit with Phish’s Trey Anastasio, while also performing with jazz luminaries Nicholas Payton, Wycliffe Gordon, and Peter Apfelbaum. Raised in San Francisco by parents Sandy Cressman, a jazz vocalist immersed in the traditions of Brazilian music, and Jeff Cressman, a recording engineer, trombonist, and longtime member of Santana, Cressman was constantly surrounded by a vast array music. The musician has collaborated with Uruguayan percussionist Edgardo Cambon e Orquesta Candela, Pete Escovedo’s Latin Jazz Orchestra, and Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra.
These varied experiences and inspiration from these bandleaders’ boundary-blurring approaches has revealed a distinct sound from the musician that is utterly uncategorizable but instantly recognizable. Natalie Cressman’s versatility and enthusiasm for new music has propelled her into a richly diverse musical career, easily heard on her jazz-oriented debut Unfolding and her more song-based sophomore album Turn the Sea.