Acclaimed by Downbeat Magazine as a singer with “soulful inflection and remarkable, Fitzgerald-esque scat prowess” and hailed by All About Jazz as a “first class saxophonist that blows the proverbial roof of the place”, Camille Thurman has been amazing audiences throughout the world with her impeccable sound, remarkable vocal virtuosity and captivating artistry. Many have praised her vocal abilities to the likeness of Ella Fitzgerald and Betty Carter. Her lush, rich & warm sound on the tenor saxophone has alluded others to compare her to tenor greats Joe Henderson and Dexter Gordon.
An accomplished performer and composer, Camille has worked with notable Jazz and R&B icons Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Golson, George Coleman, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Haynes, Dianne Reeves, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Terri Lyne Carrington, Buster Williams, Wallace Roney, Jon Hendricks, Diana Krall, Pattie LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Louis Hayes, Russell Malone, Valery Ponomarev, Charlie Persip, Nicholas Payton, Jacky Terrasson, Alicia Keys, Lalah Hathaway, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu among others.
Camille performs with her quartet and has been featured at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, the Sydney International Women in Jazz Festival, the Tomsk International Jazz Festival, the International Fano Jazz Festival and many other prominent jazz venues and festivals around the world.
In 2015 Camille was a recipient of the Martin E. Segal –Lincoln Center Award for Outstanding Young Artists and a runner up in the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition. She was also a two-time award winning recipient of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award and a winner of the Fulbright Scholars Cultural Ambassador Grant to Nicaragua and Paraguay. Her compositions were featured and performed by her quartet in the 2013 ASCAP/ Kennedy Center “Songwriters: The Next Generation” showcase. Camille has appeared on BET’s “Black Girls Rock” as the saxophonist & flutist in the All Star Band.
”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 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!”
– RUSSELL MALONE, GRAMMY WINNING GUITARIST
Press reviews of Camille:
“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
“Thurman’s clear articulation, natural vibrato, soulful inflection and remarkable Fitzgerald-esque scat prowess (including a virtuosity cadenza at the tag) instantly marked her as the discover of the festival”
– DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
“The lady can write, sing and blow.”
– CHARLES L. LATIMER, I DIG JAZZ
“…first class saxophonist that blows the proverbial roof off the place and an accomplished stylist who uses her chords…with agility and sophistication”
– HRAYR ATTARIAN, ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“Camille plays the sax and flute with a surprising fluidity… She sings and does it very well! At the Jazz Zone she played a version of the classic theme Moon River that blew with excitement, including an unexpected scat style section reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald.”
– JORGE LUIS TINEO, QUIERRO HABLAR