Featured Performers

The festival is proud to present an evening concert after the conclusion of the daytime events.

A festival button is required for admission to all events, including both evening concerts. 

The Friday night concert also requires a special ticket.   


7 PM Friday Concert – Seperate Tickets Required

If you paid for concert tickets for Friday night, those have been set aside for you and you will be able to pick those up with your registration packets when you check-in at Festival Headquarters

Natalie Cressman

Possessing a voice as cool and crystalline as an Alpine stream, Natalie Cressman is a rising singer/songwriter and trombonist who draws inspiration from a vast array of deep and powerful musical currents. She released her 5th album in April 2019, this time in collaboration with Brazilian composer, guitarist and vocalist Ian Faquini. Drawing from impressionism, jazz, and the great Brazilian songwriting tradition, Setting Rays of Summer is a ten-track collection of original material featuring compositions in three different languages: Portuguese, English and French. With the warm instrumentation of acoustic guitar and trombone alongside two-part vocal harmonies hugging the Brazilian-accented Portuguese, Cressman & Faquini weave their musical voices together to create a fully orchestrated sound befitting a much larger ensemble. 

Steadily evolving in many directions, the 27-year-old Cressman has already put down deep roots in several overlapping scenes. A prodigiously talented New York City-based trombonist, she’s spent the past nine years touring the jam band circuit as a horn player and vocalist with Phish's Trey Anastasio. Deeply versed in Latin jazz, post-bop, pop, and Brazilian music, she tapped the interlaced traditions on her first two solo albums, 2012’s Unfolding and 2014’s Turn the Sea. 

When she’s not performing her own music, Cressman can be found collaborating with some of the most illustrious figures in rock, funk, jazz and beyond, which have included Carlos Santana, Aaron Neville, Dave Matthews, Phish, Big Gigantic, Escort, Wycliffe Gordon, Nicholas Payton, Anat Cohen, The Motet, and Umphrey's McGee. Her passion for groove music hasn’t diluted her love of jazz. In 2016 SFJAZZ commissioned her to develop music for a concert celebrating the legacy of jazz trombonist/arranger Melba Liston. She also continues her long-standing musical relationship with world jazz innovator Peter Apfelbaum, performing with his band Sparkler. A fellow Bay Area native, Apfelbaum has hired Cressman since she was a young teen, a relationship that exemplifies the creative hothouse in which she was raised.


 6:30 PM Saturday - Command Performance Concert 

The festival presents the best groups from daytime events in an encore performance. A Festival Button is needed to attend. 

Bands: To qualify for the Command Performance Concert, a participating band must earn a unanimous superior rating. A unanimous superior is defined as all 1’s from each performance judge, plus a 1 from the sight-reading judge.

Vocal groups: To qualify, a participating band must earn a unanimous superior rating, all 1’s,  from each performance judge.