Camille Thurman with the Darrel Green Quartet
Remember the name Camille Thurman. As an accomplished composer, esteemed saxophonist, vocalist, and unique interpreter of the jazz tradition, she is quickly becoming one of the leading standard bearers of the art form, making a considerable and dynamic contribution to the legacy of jazz while paying tribute to its heroes. Camille is known for her distinct musical approach to classic and original repertoire that highlights her chops as both a powerhouse singer and instrumentalist.
The New York City native has amassed several distinctive honors for her musicianship: 2021 recipient of the SOUTH Arts Jazz Road Creative Artistic Residency, Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Poll Nominee for Rising Star Tenor Saxophonist, two-time winner of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award, a recipient of the Fulbright Scholars Cultural Ambassador Grant, Chamber Music of America Performance Plus Grant (Sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation) among others. Thurman also has four full-length recordings as a leader to her credit.
Thurman was the first woman in 30 years to tour and perform full time internationally with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as a saxophonist/woodwindist (2018-2020 season). A respected bandleader, she has headlined numerous notable concert venues and jazz festivals around the world including the Kennedy Center and Alice Tully Hall. Her most recent project “Fortitude” (to be released in 2022) is a collaboration with master drummer Darrell Green and his quartet.
Thurman was chosen by the U.S. State Department under the Fulbright Scholarship grant to tour and perform in Paraguay and Nicaragua as a bandleader . She was recently selected by American Music Abroad and the U.S. State Department to tour and perform Africa as U.S. Cultural Ambassadors; Cameroon, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, and Mauritania. In May of 2020, Camille created and founded “The Haven Hang: Young Lioness Musician Q&A/ Virtual Mentorship Series”. The Haven Hang serves as a virtual mentorship series for young women musicians, with an initiative to mentor, share advice and support young women pursuing careers in music and the performing arts.
Waiting for the Sunrise - 2018
Inside the Moment - 2017
Origins - 2014
What artists say about Camille Thurman:
“I’m scared of this lady’s scatting” -Al Jarreau, Grammy Winning Vocalist
“She reminds me of Sarah Vaughan...” - Roy Haynes, NEA Jazz Master & Legendary Drummer
“A wonderful and talented saxophonist and vocalist” - George Coleman, NEA Jazz Master & Legendary Saxophonist
"Camille Thurman, great saxophonist and vocalist; a force of nature. She has the rare gift of deeply understanding the music as both a vocalist and saxophonist. Her unique ability is something few musicians have had the privilege of accessing, one being Louis Armstrong. ” - Wynton Marsalis, NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award Winning Trumpeter
“Camille has a warm and beautiful sound...a creative improviser. She swings, has good time and plays with taste. Keep your ears on this young lady!” - Russel Malone, Grammy Winning Guitarist
Press Reviews of Camille:
“Yet you’re hard-pressed to find rising talents more exciting than Camille Thurman, whose
sound is as commodious and strong as Hank Mobley’s”
—The New York Times “For Women in Jazz, A Year of Reckoning and Recognition”
“Thurman’s clear articulation, natural vibrato, soulful inflection and remarkable, Fitzgerald-esque
scat prowess (including a virtuosity cadenza at the tag) instantly markers her as the discovery of
“A First class saxophonist that blows the proverbial roof off the place and an accomplished stylist who uses her chords with agility and sophistication”
—ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“Comes bursting with the power of virtuosity tempered by tradition, understanding and a great
feeling —A Betty Carter-ish ability to scat as of singing a lyric”
—NEW YORK JAZZ RECORD
“It was a delight to hear the rising saxophonist Camille Thurman thrive in such a high- stakes
situation. (Detroit Jazz Festival Tribute to Geri Allen w/ Teri Lyne Carrington & Esperanza
— Jazz Times