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what artists say about camille
”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
"She's got a Sound. She sounds like Gene Amons."
-LOU DONALDSON, 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
reviews of 'inside the moment'
“Scats with inventiveness and agility”, plays “with effortless grace and infuse[d] with
captivating ideas…[a] thrilling performance.
“A gifted young tenor saxophonist who has also made substantial inroads as a singer…
[Sassy’s Blues] a tune that lives and dies by the scatting — an order that Thurman is
well suited to fill”
-WBGO TAKE FIVE
“A double threat…she sings with a dash of Ella Fitzgerald and plays tenor with a hint of Zoot Sims”
reviews of 'origins'
"'Origins' is more than just a solid debut for Camille Thurman; it's our introduction to a musican/person who is spirited, formidable and dedicated to the myriad possibilities that modern music presents."
- RICHARD KAMINS, STEP TEMPEST
"'Origins' comes bursting in with the power of virtuosity tempered by tradition, understanding and great feeling."
- DONALD ELFMAN, NY JAZZ RECORD
"A rich, multifaceted work of art that is never boring and is at times, outstanding."
- CURT'S JAZZ CAFE
“Origins shows that Thurman should be talked about with the same level of praise as other young saxophonists.”
- CHRIS ROBINSON, OUTSIDE-INSIDE-OUT