Camille Thurman

Camille Thurman is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist, and she is making her own dynamic contribution to the legacy of jazz while also paying tribute to its heroes. Described as “fluid and powerful on the tenor saxophone and highly inventive as a vocalist,” she also plays bass clarinet, flute, and piccolo. A New York City native, Thurman is a two-time winner of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award and a winner of the Fulbright Scholars Cultural Ambassador Grant, among other honors.

Fluid and powerful on the tenor saxophone and highly inventive as a vocalist, she also plays bass clarinet, flute and piccolo.. Her rich sax sound has been compared to Joe Henderson and Dexter Gordon while her vocal approach – including a truly impressive scatting ability – has been classified alongside those of  Ella Fitzgerald and Betty Carter.

On Saturday March 4th Camille will perform in the Carr Center Performance Studio with The MSU Bebop Spartans, part of our continuing 10th year of collaboration with The Michigan State University College of Music and the MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence program.

As the MSU community continues to heal, come out and show Metro-Detroit’s love and appreciation for the students and faculty who continue to bring us the joy of music.