March 29th – Natalie Cressman Educational Talk

When: March 29, 2024
Time: 3:30-4:30 pm
Where: Healdsburg Public Library
Exploring the Legacy of Trombonist, Composer, and Arranger Melba Liston

Join us for an insightful journey into the life and music of the pioneering trombonist, Melba Liston, one of the leading female figures in jazz. The trombonist-arranger came out of the Los Angeles scene in the early 1940s and broke barriers as a female instrumentalist in the male-dominated jazz scene. The only female horn player of the era to perform and record with top-tier big bands — she put in serious road time with Gerald Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones — Liston made her most profound impact as an arranger. But as she recorded only one album as a leader, Liston’s contributions are all too often overlooked. Trombonist Natalie Cressman will delve into the many facets of her musical career.

Time: 5:00-6:00 pm
Where: Healdsburg Public Library
Beyond Bossa Nova – An Exploration of Brazilian Rhythms

This masterclass will introduce regional brazilian styles that are lesser-known here in the U.S. The class will explore rhythms such as samba, ijexá, xote, baião, frevo, and maracatu, to expand and enrich our palette of brazilian rhythms. Natalie will share listening examples, cultural context, and teach the rhythmic patterns and musical phrases, to allow musicians of all experience levels to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Brazil’s musical heritage.