Ambience is a Seattle based Jazz group dedicated to the sophistication and beauty of the Golden Era of Jazz, as well as Brazilian and other Latin genres. The band features Leah Natale, 2013 winner of the Seattle/Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist competition. To create their popular sound, Ambience blends the deep rich sound of the acoustic bass, the warm and engaging lines of the jazz guitar, and the sound of woodwinds with the smooth and sultry vocals of Leah Natale.
“Ambience’s defining element is Leah Natale’s singing. Her voice is pure, clear and she holds each of the melody’s words for their full note value that creates a long, full, line that she finishes off with a touch of vibrato. Natale’s delivery is playful, hip, sexy, at times coy, and she seems to sing directly to the individual listener rather than to an audience.” Earshot Jazz
“Leah Natale has been quietly gaining a much deserved reputation around town with her sultry voice and slick vocal styling reminiscent of early Rosemary Clooney.” Earshot Jazz
“En la actualidad surgen muchas cantantes de jazz con diferentes formas y propuestas. Pero muy pocas rescatan aquellas joyas de las decadas de los años 30 y 40, pocas cantan con naturalidad, sin impostar la voz, casi susurrando, creando un clima de gran intimidad. Leah Natale reune todas estas condiciones y marca la diferencia. Bienvenida al mundo de la buena musica.” – Jose Luis Ajzenmesser, Radio Palermo 94.7, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Translation: Nowadays a lot of jazz singers appear, each with their own style. However, very few can recapture the treasures of the 30’s and 40’s, very few sing naturally, without forcing their voice, almost whispering, creating a very intimate feeling. Leah Natale brings together all these things and you’ll notice the difference. Welcome to the world of beautiful music. “Leah takes the term crooner as more of a metaphysical state than a style, standing aside and surrendering herself to the song, bringing the song and her voice to a place where neither could be without the other. She takes elements of style from the greats of the past to create a style unique to herself. ….With songs like her swinging version of ‘Them There Eyes,’ and a velvety rendition of ‘Don’t Blame Me,’ the arrangements on her new album ‘My Someday’ bring a fresh interpretation of jazz and big band classics in the style of the period.” – CDunion, 2011