Meet the Brainchildren: Jon Natchez

by elizabeth | October 3rd, 2011

Jon Natchez

NPR just called Jon Natchez “indie rock’s most valuable sideman.” He’s played with bands like Beirut, The Antlers, Okkervil River, Camera Obscura, and Bishop Allen, and the list goes on and on. He played baritone and tenor saxophones on the song “On the Ferris Wheel.”

I met Jon my “pre-frosh” weekend at Harvard. I guess my name had gotten around his musical circle, and Jon sought me out to welcome me. He went on tour with his ska band Skavoovie for my first semester of college, but after that I enjoyed many happy moments of playing and hanging out with Jon. In New York, we’ve played together with The White Rabbits, Escort, The Silent League, and Rob Jost’s Peekaboos. He’s also the person who introduced me to Annie Clark of St. Vincent, who I then toured with.

Jon Natchez is a wonderful combination of fantastic musician, humble person, and joke teller to the stars. I am happy to call him my friend and colleague.

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elizabeth! is a vocalist, trombonist, and songwriter working in NYC and Los Angeles. Originally from Vermont, she studied neuroscience at Harvard before moving to NYC to play, tour, and record with jazz musicians, indie rockers, pop stars and more. Her new album of original jazzy pop tunes was just released on Canopy Jazz!

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