Called a ”classic double threat” by NPR, Camille Thurman is equally adept on tenor saxophone, flute, and vocals. The New York City native has distinguished herself as a potent player as a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from 2018-2020. Her own albums as a leader — Origins (2013), Spirit Child (2014), Inside the Moment (2017) and Waiting for the Sunrise (2019), a collection of standards and original compositions— showcased her chops as both an incredibly dynamic singer and instrumentalist. A respected leading musician, she has appeared at notable venues and festivals around the world, including The Kennedy Center, Rose Theater, Winter Jazz Fest, and on The Colbert Show.
Camille has partnered with veteran drummer Darrell Green, a seasoned New York drummer and inventive rhythmatist who has toured and recorded with such leading jazz luminaries as Cassandra Wilson, Pharoah Sanders, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Antoine Roney, Charles Tolliver, Steve Turre, Wallace Roney, Wayne Escoffery, Russell Malone and Jeremy Pelt.
Together, these two powerhouse musicians have assembled a dynamite band featuring rising trumpeter Wallace Roney, Jr., formidable guitarist Bruce Edwards and brilliant Bassist Tom DiCarlo and will perform music from their forthcoming release Fortitude (to be released on their label Epidote Music).
”Fortitude is a collection of thoughts, feelings and prayers assembled into melodies and sounds that speaks to our story. This project served as a personal reflection; Who are we? What do we value the most, what defines who we are even when it disappears, how do we find strength and hope around us via the cues that life leaves us. It is a reminder to face ourselves and really see who we are and what we are becoming in our darkest hour. It is also a reminder to trust what the Creator has given us and take a chance betting everything you have on faith —when life presents you with new opportunities.”
“We found strength in writing songs about our experiences, our hopes, our dreams; the parts of us that we don’t often tap into as artists. We wanted to create songs that reflect our lives, the lives of our loved ones, our community, our culture, and the people of the greater global community. With patience, love and fortitude, the melodies and words came into our hearts and gave birth to a collection of songs that join together creating our album Fortitude.”- Camille Thurman & Darrell Green
From Camille’s dreamy vocals, electrifying saxophone lines, Darrell’s mesmerizing rhythmic colors to dynamic interpretations of standards and originals, this fiery musical collaborative team is bound to make a huge impact on the music world.
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 the festival”
“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 Spaulding)”
— Jazz Times