Tickets: $20 general, $10 students
Once again we’re presenting a jazz event at Costeaux Bakery and French Café, an institution here in town. We held our first event earlier this year with a Jazz on the Menu benefit, and it proved to be a successful and happy event for all — audience, musicians and benefit committee alike! We return here during the 13th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival with a mid-week Latin jazz vocal performance, and the welcome return of our local high school jazz band.
“Born in New York City of American parents but with a Brazilian heart,” her bio begins, and for over 30 years Cressman has let that heart sing. She first heard the seductive rhythms and harmonies of Brazilian music at Berkeley in the late 1970s, and it so moved her she not only expanded her repertoire southward, she learned Portuguese to better phrase the vocals.
After recording as a member of the influential trio Pastiche, her solo career took off in the early 1990s. With Brazilian keyboardist Marcos Silva cultivated a loyal Bay Area following that culminated with the 1999 release “Homenagem Brasileira.” She also explores Flamenco, Cuban and other Latin styles in her work with Somba y Luz and Orchestra Candela. We’re very happy to add Sandy Cressman to the Healdsburg Jazz Festival line-up.
As well as the mother, however, we also welcome the daughter. If Natalie Cressman can take time off from her current studies at the Manhattan School of Music she might be able to take the stage, and she could just walk off with it. Though barely 20, the trombonist and singer has played with the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, Peter Apfelbaum, Pete Escovedo, Carlos Santana and Trey Anastasio, among others.
The backing band remains Peter Barshay, Rich Kuhns and Kendrick Freeman, delivering spirit with their salsa in support of Sandy Cressman, Wednesday June 8 at Costeaux French Bakery and Café.
The evening will open with one set by the Healdsburg High School Jazz Band, the much-loved local student jazz combo from the High School Band. Many of these young musicians were introduced the jazz by the HJF Operation Jazz Band, and we’re always proud to see them show off their skills in public. Don’t be late, and you won’t regret the entire evening of fine local jazz.