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Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini

Aug 10, Saturday - 5:30pm
Hammer4 Stage

She’s a DownBeat “Rising Star” trombonist. He’s a California Jazz Conservatory faculty member who plays alongside Brad Mehldau, Chris Potter and Lee Konitz. Together, Natalie Cressman and Ian Faquini have honed a singularly expansive creative communion encompassing their love of the Brazilian songbook, jazz, impressionism and sophisticated pop songcraft.

With sumptuous two-part vocal harmonies accompanied by trombone and acoustic guitar, Cressman and Faquini’s richly orchestrated sound seems to emanate from a much larger ensemble. They’ve performed around the world and attracted attention in Brazil, forging creative alliances with musical giants. Their latest album, Guinga, released April 12 on GroundUp Music, is a tribute to the legendary Brazilian composer, guitarist and vocalist who has mentored Faquini for more than a decade. 

Guinga himself performs on five of the album’s tracks. Focusing on his lesser known tunes, the project also includes three newer songs featuring Guinga’s lyrics set to music by Faquini. The album is dedicated to Cressman’s dear friend and horn section mate in the Trey Anastasio Band, saxophonist James Casey

A prodigiously talented trombonist, Cressman has spent the last 14 years touring as a horn player and vocalist with Anastasio, best known as a founding member of Phish, while also performing around New York with jazz greats Wycliffe Gordon, Nicholas Payton, Anat Cohen, Dave Douglas, and Peter Apfelbaum. 

Born in Brazil and raised in Berkeley, Ian Faquini is an alumnus and faculty member of the California Jazz Conservatory, known for writing astonishingly sophisticated Brazilian pop music. He has performed throughout Brazil, Europe, Japan, and the United States at famous venues such as Birdland, Montreux Jazz Festival and Bimhuis.

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With sumptuous two-part vocal harmonies accompanied by trombone and acoustic guitar, Cressman and Faquini’s richly orchestrated sound seems to emanate from a much larger ensemble. They’ve performed around the world and attracted attention in Brazil, forging creative alliances with musical giants. Their latest album, Guinga, released April 12 on GroundUp Music, is a tribute to the legendary Brazilian composer, guitarist and vocalist who has mentored Faquini for more than a decade. 

Guinga himself performs on five of the album’s tracks. Focusing on his lesser known tunes, the project also includes three newer songs featuring Guinga’s lyrics set to music by Faquini. The album is dedicated to Cressman’s dear friend and horn section mate in the Trey Anastasio Band, saxophonist James Casey

A prodigiously talented trombonist, Cressman has spent the last 14 years touring as a horn player and vocalist with Anastasio, best known as a founding member of Phish, while also performing around New York with jazz greats Wycliffe Gordon, Nicholas Payton, Anat Cohen, Dave Douglas, and Peter Apfelbaum. 

Born in Brazil and raised in Berkeley, Ian Faquini is an alumnus and faculty member of the California Jazz Conservatory, known for writing astonishingly sophisticated Brazilian pop music. He has performed throughout Brazil, Europe, Japan, and the United States at famous venues such as Birdland, Montreux Jazz Festival and Bimhuis.

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Ian Faquini on Instagram


Special Thanks

Photo by Tomas Faquini