*Camille Thurman, the talented composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist, continues to make waves as one of the most exciting figures in the world of jazz with new performance dates in the U.S. and abroad. The triple-threat artist embarks on her second exciting season as a saxophonist with the world-renowned Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The 2019-2020 season kicks off with a three-night stand, which started September 12, and runs through September 14, featuring the music of the “South African Songbook: Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy” at its home base at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York City.
The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra season continues with tour stops across Africa, Europe, South America, and the U.S. through 2020, including the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, on September 26 through September 28.
In between her season tour dates with the orchestra, she has a series of solo dates, including the White Plains Jazz & Food Festival in White Plains, NY, on Sunday, September 15, with the Darrell Green Trio. On Friday, October 11, Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Trio will be headlining at the NCPA Jazz Festival in Mumbai, India. After her dates in Mumbai, she will head to Italy for a two-week engagement with jazz musician Marco Marzola.
Additionally, Thurman appears as a featured artist on the brand-new High Note Records project Hand Painted Dream by composer, guitarist, and bandleader Peter Hand. The project includes some of the best musicians on the scene today and is an extraordinary testament to the best in modern big band music. The all-star ensemble includes trumpeters Eddie Allen and Valery Ponomarev; saxophonists Don Braden and Bruce Williams; trombonist James Burton III; and a rhythm section including James Weidman, Harvie S, and Steve Johns. Thurman has also been named as an endorsing artist for Key Leaves saxophone key props.
The year 2019 has already proven to be stellar for Thurman. The artist kicked off the summer season with the Sisterhood of Swing Seven with Bria Skonberg at the Mid-Summer Night Swing concert series with special guest Catherine Russell. She wowed audiences at the Charlie Parker Festival in New York, performing a new collaborative project featuring harpist Brandee Younger and Vibraphonist Nikara Warren titled “Reclamation,” commissioned by the Joyce and George Wein Foundation, the Jazz Gallery and City Parks Foundation of New York. Thurman also performed at the Jazz In Marciac Festival in France as part of Wynton Marsalis’ Young Stars of Jazz showcase. As part of a Charlie Parker birthday celebration show, she joined an all-star band including Jeremy Pelt, Greg Osby, Helen Sung, Lonnie Plaxico, and Billy Drummond at New York City’s legendary Birdland. She and collaborator Darrell Green headlined a tribute to late pianist Horace Silver as part of the Singers and Songbook Series at Bard College. Thurman also headlined the Jazz Museum of Harlem’s Gala honoring Benny Golson, alongside veteran singer and songwriter Valerie Simpson. What’s more, she appeared on TV’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” as a featured artist with Jon Batiste and Stay Human.
Last month, Thurman was one of the featured vocalists with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for the performance of Marsalis’ composition “The Ever Fonky Lowdown,” with the Chautauqua Symphony. She also presented a lecture on Nina Simone at Chautauqua Institute.
Thurman has earned respect and raves as the only female featured player on tour with the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra during its 2018-2019 season, which included dates in the United States, Singapore, China (Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Beijing, Shenzhen), Australia (Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne), and Brazil (São Paulo). She garnered additional admiration during the JALCO’s two-week engagement in São Paulo, Brazil when she sang “Flor de Lis” by Djavan in perfect Portuguese backed by Wynton Marsalis and Brazilian artist Hamilton de Holanda as the encore (watch her rehearsal of the tune with de Holanda directly above or here).
The talented New York native’s ascent in the world of jazz has been nothing short of astonishing. Thurman’s heady mix of fluid, scat-tastic vocals, muscular sax lines and rhythmic inventiveness have steadily gained fans and critical raves. In just a few years, Thurman was named a finalist in the 2013 Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition; released four full-length album projects; was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album (Waiting For the Sunrise); received her first Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll nomination for Rising Star Tenor Sax; and won two Independent Music Awards for Jazz Vocal Album (Waiting For the Sunrise) and Fan Vote for Jazz Vocal Song (“Nearness of You”).
More information on Camille Thurman, please visit www.camillethurmanmusic.com.