“Natalie’s music skews folksy and interior, mingling jazz improvisation with drifting lyricism.” -New York Times
“Her musical interpretations are both brilliant and groundbreaking.” – All About Jazz
Natalie John is a jazz singer who sings with a deep knowledge of the roots of the musical tradition, and composes with open ears and broad brush strokes to create a style all her own. Through different semblances of her quartet she brings together like-minded musicians who employ a vibrant approach to contemporary jazz as they seamlessly weave complex harmonies and rhythms with catchy backbeats and heartbreaking melodies to portray stories of lost loves and new beginnings. Her latest independent album was released into the world in January of 2015, and is simply self-titled, Natalie John.
In support of her latest album release, Natalie recently toured western Europe, performing at such notable jazz venues as Jazzclub Unterfarht in Munich, Germany, L’Archiduc in Brussels, Belgium, and Jazzkeller in Frankfurt, Germany. She has sung at the Peru Jazz Festival and the Seoul Jazz Festival, and has appeared with the Youngjoo Song Trio, the Joshua Davis Group, guitarist Prasanna, Ingrid Jensen, the Bjorkestra, Vardan Ovsepian, Cho Yoon Seong’s Mini Symphony Orchestra and more. She has sung at New York’s top venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and the Iridium. She has also appeared at the Bay Area’s Yoshi’s Lounge and the JazzSchool, and Los Angeles’s the Blue Whale. She has released three albums; along with her latest self-titled release, her works include Unveiled, (2010), and Natalie and Maya, the EP (2012). For the second half of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, she joined on as trumpet and trombonist for the legendary Igor and the Red Elvises, a rock n’ roll party band that “tours for 8 days a week”, traveling to every corner of the United States. She is currently involved in several San Francisco Bay Area music projects, including the Jazz Mafia, Victor Little’s Big Hit and Burnsy’s Sugar Shack, playing trumpet and singing soul classics and hard hitting funk jams.
A native of Northern California, Natalie is a world traveller and long time past resident of Brooklyn, NY. So far, her voice has taken her to Austria, Germany, South Korea, Mexico, Peru, Mongolia, and India. Natalie split her time pursuing an undergraduate music degree between the University of Southern California (studying under Tierney Sutton and Shelly Berg) and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (studying under Rachel Z and Kate McGarry), where she graduated in 2008. Awards and accolades include the 2005 John Coltrane Scholarship for Jazz Vocals, and the 2006 Downbeat Award for College Vocalist.
Apart from her roles as brass player and jazz singer, Natalie is also a pianist, composer, vocal jazz choir arranger, and educator. In 2010, 2011, and 2015 she was adjunct faculty at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in South India. She is on faculty at Northern California’s Own the Mic singing camp. In 2014, she became a guest lecturer and visiting artist at the Goethe Institut’s contemporary music program in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. From 2013-2015 she was a vocal jazz professor at Paekche Institute of the Arts in Seoul, South Korea. She has served for three years in a row at Stanford Jazz Workshop where she teaching vocal jazz to budding young musicians. In 2016 she joined the team at Alameda, CA’s Starland School of Music as a voice teacher and is pleased to share her knowledge and passion for voice with the San Francisco Bay Area.