Mariel Bildsten is a trombonist who works as a bandleader and side-woman in New York. She plays in jazz big bands and small groups, as well as world and Caribbean music, classical, funk, r&b, and Latin music bands. She has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Jazz Festival, Caramoor Jazz Festival, Smalls Jazz Club, and Smoke Jazz Club, among other venues, and her music has brought her to Australia and Venezuela. Mariel has also performed alongside Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Wycliffe Gordon, Brian Lynch, Cyrus Chestnut, Lew Soloff, and Frank Lacy. Mariel graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in the fall of 2015, and studied with mentors such as Elliot Mason, Vincent Gardner, Mike LeDonne, Reggie Workman, and Jane Ira Bloom.