Camille Thurman is a triple threat jazz musician known for mastering her craft as a saxophonist, composer and singer. The New Yorker from Queens made a name for herself after placing herself as a finalist in the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition in 2013. The following year she released her debut album "Origins" and her second album "Spirit Child". "which ended up on the Billboard Jazz Albums list.
At just 33, Thurman is breaking new ground in jazz music. She is the first woman in 30 years to work with the world-famous jazz in the Lincoln Center Orchestra for an entire season.
"This is necessary. This is necessary," Thurman told BET. "Young girls need to see women in roles that are usually not occupied by women, so that they know that there is a chance and that she is out there.
In just a few years, Thurman has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz and R&B, including Wynton Marsalis, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight.
When she was growing up, her mother cultivated her curiosity about the arts and taught her jazz greats from Ella Fitzgerald to Count Basie. Thurman played in her high school orchestra at the famous LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and Performing Arts in New York City, but only at college was she confident to follow her passion.
"I was a major in geology and environmental science and thought I was going to be a scientist working with stones and chemicals and testing water, but I knew in my heart that my passion was music and I made a leap of trust and did it," said Thurman . "My advice to you is that if you feel trapped in something you know is not who you are or what you want to be or do, you can choose to leave it and do something else Chase that fire inside you. "