About Mariel

Downbeat Magazine calls trombonist Mariel Bildsten “irrepressibly spontaneous” (2020), and her 2023 release “Steppin’ Out!” explodes onto the scene as the exciting follow-up to “Backbone,” her 2020 debut. Mariel Bildsten headlines jazz festivals, plays around the country, and performs regularly in New York City, in the US, and internationally. Mariel has been featured onstage with Jon Batiste, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jennifer Hudson, Roy Hargrove, and many others. A passionate and popular educator, Mariel guides students through masterclass group instruction, workshops, and clinics, as well as leading educational shows in public schools through Jazz at Lincoln Center.


Mariel leads clinics for small jazz combos and big bands, and workshops in high school and college band programs as a guest artist. She has taught in El Sistema non-profit music outreach programs in New York City.
Mariel teaches private trombone lessons, both in-person and remotely on Zoom. She loves teaching students at all stages of life, and has worked with students from 8 to 88 years old.

Reach out to Mariel with any teaching-related inquiries!

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