Mariel Bildsten is a trombonist, based in New York City.
Mariel currently works as a bandleader and side-woman in New York, playing mostly 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 Apollo Theater, the Chicago Jazz Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Caramoor Jazz Festival, Smalls Jazz Club, and Smoke Jazz Club, among other venues. Mariel has also performed alongside Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roy Hargrove, Wycliffe Gordon, Brian Lynch, Cyrus Chestnut, Lew Soloff, and Frank Lacy. Her own groups (ranging from duo to septet) have headlined jazz festivals, played around the country, and gig regularly in New York City.
In addition to her playing, Mariel is a teaching artist at Upbeat NYC, an El Sistema based non-profit organization in South Bronx that is dedicated to uplifting young people through orchestral music. Through this program, she went to Caracas, Venezuela in July 2015 to teach young trombone students and rehearse for a 200-person orchestra concert conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
She graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in December 2015. During her time there, Mariel had the opportunity to study with fantastic teachers and mentors, such as Elliot Mason, Steve Turre, Vincent Gardner, Sam Burtis, Jimmy Owens, Mike LeDonne, Reginald Workman, and Jane Ira Bloom.