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Jazz vocalist and rising star Natalie Dietz has made an indelible impression on the Australian and US jazz scene in a short time, impressing both audiences and critics alike with her trademark warm, enveloping vocal tone. Accepted into the elite jazz vocal program at Australia’s Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2009 Natalie honed her performing skills under the tutelage of Australian jazz luminaries.
Natalie has since toured Australia, New Zealand and performed at renowned US east coast music venues such as Shapeshifter Lab and Rockwood Music Hall with artists including Sam Harris and Mike Moreno. She has shared the stage with some of Australia’s most distinguished jazz musicians including Matt McMahon, Gerard Masters and Jonathan Zwartz. Her original compositions are attracting considerable attention among her contemporaries with their complex harmonies combined with beautifully lyrical melodies. She is inspired to blend and create textures with the voice within an ensemble, using wordless melodies as well as lyrics. Her compositions explore the breadth of modern styles, distinguishing her as an innovative and multi-skilled artist.
In 2012 Natalie was awarded the Australian Government initiative ‘Artstart’ grant and the Performer’s Trust Foundation grant which she used to travel to New York and further her study. In 2013 she recorded her debut EP with highly esteemed New York musicians Aaron Parks, Mike Moreno, Joshua Crumbly and Justin Brown to international critical acclaim. Other recent achievements include being the only Australian vocalist nominated as a semi-finalist for the Riga Jazz Stage 2014 international jazz vocal competition, being 1 of 8 Australian composers selected nationwide for the WAYJO composers workshop and being offered a merit scholarship to New England Conservatory in Boston where she is studying with world-renowned jazz vocalist Dominique Eade and saxophonist Donny McCaslin. Natalie is a recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland fund, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and was the only musician finalist in Australia’s prestigious 2015 NSW Creative Achievement Awards as an emerging creative talent.
“In the clotted deluge of jazz vocals, Dietz’s offering floats to the top by virtue of its light touch and grace”
– All About Jazz (USA) – FOUR STARS
“Natalie Dietz is an incredible singer with a beautiful clean and warm tone quality in tune with a sense of space and phrasing. She’s supported by some of my favorite young lion musicians and the result is outstanding. This music absolutely needs to be heard”
– Lionel Loueke (Blue Note USA)
“Dietz’ music is a delicately fragrant and atmospheric, a new brand of jazz perfume, wafting and seeping into one’s consciousness…”
– The Australian Stage