Sandy Cressman's Homenagem Brasileira

Natalie Cressman and Mike Bono open

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 8:00 pm
(doors open at 7:00 pm)

"Entre Amigos" CD Release show w/ Natalie Cressman & Mike Bono

$22 adv / $24 door

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February 16 8:00 pm

While many an American jazz singer flirts with the Brazilian Songbook, San Francisco vocalist Sandy Cressman made a name for herself as a true devotee of the country’s greatest contemporary composers, interpreting songs by post-bossa masters like Milton Nascimento, Hermeto Pascoal, Gilberto Gil, and Filó Machado in Rio-accented Portuguese. The friendships forged with Brazilian musicians during her musical travels course through her captivating new album Entre Amigos, a project that marks a major new chapter for Cressman as a tunesmith. Entre Amigos features a gorgeous array of new songs created with a far-flung cast of collaborators, including the celebrated Pernambuco frevo composer/bandleader Spok, rising Brazilian-American guitarist Ian Faquini, pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto, and pianist Antonio Adolfo, a Brazilian jazz master who got his start at the center of Rio’s early 1960s bossa nova scene.


Sandy Cressman, voice

Jasnam Daya Singh, piano

David Belove, bass

Phil Thompson, drums

Celso Alberti, drums

Michael Spiro, percussion

Jeff Cressman, trombone

Natalie Cressman, trombone

Harvey Wainapel, saxophones

Ian Faquini, acoustic guitar

Guest - electric guitar: Ray Obiedo 


A collaborative duo since 2014, trombonist and vocalist NATALIE CRESSMAN and guitarist MIKE BONO have developed a repertoire of vibrant and intricate originals that incorporate a multitude of genres. With its mix of jazz with folk and indie rock, the genre-bending music is complex yet very approachable. Cressman’s voice has an alluring smoky quality, and her singing style comes out of the tradition of vocal jazz but with a distinctly contemporary feel. Bono is an accomplished arranger and improviser.


Besides playing with their own bands, Cressman and Bono having been honing their duo chops for a while with regular performances in NYC. The duo recorded their debut album, ETCHINGS IN AMBER, in October of 2015 at The Bunker in Brooklyn, NY. The project was mixed by Nick Rives at Capitol Records in Los Angeles and mastered by Kevin Reeves at Sterling Sound in New York City. The 9 songs, featuring the intimate instrumentation of voice and acoustic guitar, combine Bono’s harmonic stylings with Cressman’s soulful storytelling. With Cressman’s and Bono’s strong musicianship and intricate but highly accessible compositions, ETCHINGS IN AMBER shows that the future of jazz is in good hands.


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