Jazz vocalist Natalie Dietz has made a strong impression on the US jazz scene in a short time, impressing both audiences and critics alike with her trademark ethereal, graceful vocal tone and strikingly original approach as a jazz composer and artist. Accepted into the renowned jazz vocal program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2009, Natalie honed her performing skills under the tutelage of Australian jazz luminaries. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Voice Performance) in 2012, Natalie has toured Australia and New Zealand performing at renowned jazz venues. Her original compositions have attracted wide attention among her contemporaries with their complex harmonies combined with strong 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 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 achievements include being offered a merit scholarship to New England Conservatory in Boston where studied with world-renowned artists including Dominique Eade, Donny McCaslin, Jason Moran, Ken Schaphorst and Dave Holland. Natalie is a 2014 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. Natalie is a recipient of ASCAP’s Herb Alpert 2016 National Young Jazz Composer’s Award, and the New England Conservatory Spark award. Since relocating to the United States Natalie has performed her music in New York City at established venues including Club Bonafide, Shapeshifter Lab, Pianos and Rockwood Music Hall, in Boston at venues including New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, The Beehive and Cambridge venues the Lilypad and Outpost 186. She has performed with established New York City based jazz artists including Mike Moreno, Sam Harris, Joshua Crumbly and Colin Stranahan.
“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
“Her arrival to the United States has been met with fast acclaim..Natalie’s vocal prowess is equally matched in her skills as a young composer” – Hot House Jazz, November 2016
“Her striking vocal sensibilities soar above the ethereal clouds…she truly has a new lyrical way of comprehending a song with pauses and moments; beautiful and complex notes that are rare, which dance around the melody in a new and unique way” – Thatjazzgirl blog, April 2017