Opening Night Concert, JaLC

CANCELED
Opening Night Concert Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Presented in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center

Sat, June 20, 8:30pm

Overview

Due to the ongoing situation around COVID-19, we will be unable to hold this performance as planned.

If you have purchased tickets to this event, you will receive an email with information on how to donate the value of your credit as a tax-deductible contribution, receive a credit on your account for a future performance, or receive a full refund back to the original purchase method. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Box Office Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm at 914.232.1252 or boxoffice@caramoor.org.

Ticket donations for Summer Season events will go toward the Caramoor Artist Fund created to compensate artists whose summer Caramoor performances were canceled and not able to be re-scheduled.

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The finest musicians in jazz today kick off Caramoor’s 2020 Summer Season led by world-renowned trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis. Join us in a high-energy opening celebration!

Artists

Wynton Marsalis, Music Director, trumpet
Ryan Kisor, trumpet
Kenny Rampton, trumpet
Marcus Printup, trumpet
Chris Crenshaw, trombone
Vincent Gardner, trombone
Elliot Mason, trombone
Sherman Irby, alto and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet
Ted Nash, alto and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet
Victor Goines, tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet
Paul Nedzela, baritone and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet
Camille Thurman, saxophones and vocals
Dan Nimmer, piano
Carlos Henriquez, bass

Program

Program to be announced from the stage

 

Elevate your Evening

Upgrade your ticket to After Dark! The After Dark post-performance party lets you extend the celebration with dessert and dancing under the stars. Your participation helps support Caramoor’s fundraising goals. With this upgrade, you will also get the convenience of using our valet services for the evening.


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) comprises 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today. Led by Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director, this remarkably versatile orchestra performs a vast repertoire ranging from original compositions and Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works to rare historic compositions and masterworks by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, and many others. The JLCO has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988, performing and leading educational events in New York, across the United States, and around the globe. Alongside symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, local students, and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists, the JLCO has toured over 300 cities across six continents. Guest conductors have included Benny Carter, John Lewis, Jimmy Heath, Chico O’Farrill, Ray Santos, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Faddis, Robert Sadin, David Berger, Gerald Wilson, and Loren Schoenberg. The JLCO has been voted best Big Band in the annual DownBeat Readers’ Poll from 2013–2016.

In 2015, Jazz at Lincoln Center announced the launch of Blue Engine Records, a new platform to make its archive of recorded concerts available to jazz audiences everywhere. The first release from Blue Engine Records, Live in Cuba, was recorded on a historic 2010 trip to Havana by the JLCO and was released in October 2015. Big Band Holidays was released in December 2015, The Abyssinian Mass came out in March 2016, The Music of John Lewis was released in March 2017, and the JLCO’s Handful of Keys came out in September 2017. Blue Engine’s United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas features the Wynton Marsalis Septet and an array of special guests, with all proceeds going toward Jazz at Lincoln Center’s education initiatives. Recent album releases include 2018’s Una Noché con Ruben Blades, 2019’s Betty Carter’s The Music Never Stops, 2019’s Bolden (Official Soundtrack), composed and performed by Wynton Marsalis. Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony, performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Robertson was released in July 2019. To date, 14 other recordings have been released and internationally distributed: Vitoria Suite, Portrait in Seven Shades; Congo Square, Don’t Be Afraid …The Music of Charles Mingus; A Love Supreme; All Rise; Big Train; Sweet Release & Ghost Story; Live in Swing City; Jump Start and Jazz; Blood on the Fields; They Came to Swing; The Fire of the Fundamentals; and Portraits by Ellington.

 

Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Jazz at Lincoln Center is dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and a comprehensive array of guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education, and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. These productions include concerts, national and international tours, residencies, weekly national radio programs, television broadcasts, recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, jazz appreciation curricula for students, music publishing, children’s concerts and classes, lectures, adult education courses, student and educator workshops, a record label, and interactive websites. Under the leadership of Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, Chairman Robert J. Appel, and Executive Director Greg Scholl, Jazz at Lincoln Center produces thousands of events each season in its home in New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall, and around the world.

 

Wynton Marsalis, Music Director, trumpet

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Wynton Marsalis is the managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and a world-renowned trumpeter and composer. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12, entered The Juilliard School at age 17, and then joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and has since recorded more than 60 jazz and classical recordings, which have won him nine Grammy Awards. In 1983 he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammys in the same year and repeated this feat in 1984. Marsalis is also an internationally respected teacher and spokesman for music education, and has received honorary doctorates from dozens of U.S. universities and colleges. He has written six books; his most recent are Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!, illustrated by Paul Rogers and published by Candlewick Press in 2012, and Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life with Geoffrey C. Ward, published by Random House in 2008. In 1997 Marsalis became the first jazz artist to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in music for his oratorio Blood on the Fields, which was commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 2001 he was appointed Messenger of Peace by Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and he has also been designated cultural ambassador to the United States of America by the U.S. State Department through their CultureConnect program. Marsalis was instrumental in the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief concert, produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center. The event raised more than $3 million for the Higher Ground Relief Fund to benefit the musicians, music industry-related enterprises, and other individuals and entities from the areas in Greater New Orleans who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. Marsalis helped lead the effort to construct Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home — Frederick P. Rose Hall — the first education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz, which opened in October 2004.

 

Chris Crenshaw, trombone

Chris Crenshaw was born in Thomson, Georgia on December 20, 1982. Since birth, he has been driven by and surrounded by music. When he started playing piano at age three, his teachers and fellow students noticed his aptitude for the instrument. This love for piano led to his first gig with Echoes of Joy, his father Casper’s gospel quartet group. He started playing the trombone at 11, receiving honors and awards along the way, he graduated from Thomson High School in 2001 and received his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Jazz Performance from Valdosta State University in 2005. He was awarded Most Outstanding Student in the VSU Music Department and College of Arts. In 2007, Crenshaw received his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from The Juilliard School, where his teachers included Dr. Douglas Farwell and Wycliffe Gordon. He has appeared as a sideman on fellow JLCO trumpeter Marcus Printup’s Ballads All Night and on Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues. In 2006, Crenshaw joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and in 2012 he composed God’s Trombones, a spiritually-focused work which was premiered by the orchestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

 

Vincent Gardner, trombone

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Vincent Gardner was born in Chicago in 1972 and was raised in Hampton, Virginia. After singing, playing piano, violin, saxophone, and French horn at an early age, he decided on the trombone at age 12. He attended Florida A&M University and the University of North Florida. He soon caught the ear of Mercer Ellington, who hired Gardner for his first professional job. He moved to Brooklyn, New York after graduating from college, completed a world tour with Lauryn Hill in 2000, and then joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Gardner has served as Instructor at The Juilliard School, as Visiting Instructor at Florida State University and Michigan State University, and as Adjunct Instructor at The New School. He is currently the Director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra, and he has contributed many arrangements to the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and other ensembles. In 2009 he was commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center to write The Jesse B. Semple Suite, a 60-minute suite inspired by the short stories of Langston Hughes. In addition, Gardner is a popular instructor at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s ongoing jazz education program, Swing University, teaching courses on bebop and more.

Gardner is featured on a number of notable recordings and has recorded five CDs as a leader for Steeplechase Records. He has performed with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Bobby McFerrin, Harry Connick, Jr., The Saturday Night Live Band, Chaka Khan, A Tribe Called Quest, and many others. Gardner was chosen as the #1 Rising Star Trombonist in the 2014 DownBeat Critics Poll.

 

Victor Goines, tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet

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Victor Goines is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993, touring throughout the world and recording over 20 albums. As a leader, Goines has recorded seven albums including his latest releases, Pastels of Ballads and Blues (2007) and Love Dance (2007) on Criss Cross Records, and Twilight (2012) on Rosemary Joseph Records. A gifted composer, Goines has more than 50 original works to his credit, including 2014’s Crescent City, premiered by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He has recorded and/or performed with many noted jazz and popular artists including Ahmad Jamal, Ruth Brown, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Willie Nelson, Marcus Roberts, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and a host of others. Currently, he is the Director of Jazz Studies/Professor of Music at Northwestern University. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1984, and a Master of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in 1990.

 

Carlos Henriquez, bass

Carlos Henriquez was born in 1979 in the Bronx, New York. He studied music at a young age, played guitar through junior high school and took up the bass while enrolled in The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program. He entered LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts and Performing Arts and was involved with the LaGuardia Concert Jazz Ensemble which went on to win first place in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival in 1996. In 1998, swiftly after high school, Henriquez joined the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, touring the world and featured on more than 25 albums. Henriquez has performed with artists including Chucho Valdés, Paco De Lucía, Tito Puente, the Marsalis Family, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Marc Anthony, and many others. He has been a member of the music faculty at Northwestern University School of Music since 2008, and was music director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s cultural exchange with the Cuban Institute of Music with Chucho Valdés in 2010. His debut album as a bandleader, The Bronx Pyramid, came out in September, 2015 on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Blue Engine Records.

 

 

Sherman Irby, alto and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet

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Sherman Irby was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He found his musical calling at age 12 and in high school he played and recorded with gospel immortal James Cleveland. He graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a B.A. in music education. In 1991 he joined Johnny O’Neal’s Atlanta-based quintet. In 1994 he moved to New York City and recorded his first two albums, Full Circle (1996) and Big Mama’s Biscuits (1998), on Blue Note. Irby toured the U.S. and the Caribbean with the Boys Choir of Harlem in 1995, and was a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from 1995 to 1997. During that tenure he also recorded and toured with Marcus Roberts, and was part of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program and Roy Hargrove’s ensemble. After a four-year stint with Roy Hargrove, Irby focused on his own group in addition to being a member of Elvin Jones’ ensemble in 2004 and then Papo Vazquez’ Vazquez’s Pirates Troubadours after Jones’ passing. From 2003–11 Irby was the regional director for JazzMasters Workshop, mentoring young children, and he has served as artist-in-residence for Jazz Camp West and an instructor for Monterey Jazz Festival Band Camp. He is a former board member for the CubaNOLA Collective. He formed Black Warrior Records and released Black Warrior, Faith, Organ Starter, Live at the Otto Club, and Andy Farber’s This Could Be the Start of Something Big. Since rejoining, Irby has arranged much of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s music, and he has been commissioned to compose new works, including Twilight Sounds, and his Dante-inspired ballet, Inferno.

 

Ryan Kisor, trumpet

Ryan Kisor was born on April 12, 1973 in Sioux City, Iowa, and began playing trumpet at age four. In 1990, he won first prize at the Thelonious Monk Institute’s first annual Louis Armstrong Trumpet Competition. Kisor enrolled in Manhattan School of Music in 1991 where he studied with trumpeter Lew Soloff. He has performed and/or recorded with the Mingus Big Band, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Philip Morris Jazz All-Stars, and others. In addition to being an active sideman, Kisor has recorded several albums as a leader, including Battle Cry (1997), The Usual Suspects (1998), and Point of Arrival (2000). He has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since 1994.

 

Elliot Mason, trombone

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Elliot Mason was born in England in 1977 and began trumpet lessons at age four with his father. At age seven, he switched his focus from trumpet to trombone. At 11 years old, he was performing professionally, concentrating on jazz and improvisation. At 16, Mason received a full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, and after graduating he moved to New York City. Mason is a member of The Juilliard School Jazz Faculty as a jazz trombone professor, and he is also a part of the Jazz Faculty at New York University. Mason has served as a clinician worldwide, performing workshops, master classes and clinics. Mason is endorsed by B.A.C. musical instruments and currently plays his own co-designed custom line of trombones. Mason has performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau, Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Bobby Hutcherson, Ahmad Jamal, Randy Brecker, and Carl Fontana. A member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since 2006, Mason also continues to co-lead the Mason Brothers Quintet with his brother Brad. The Mason Brothers recently released their second album, entitled Efflorescence.

 

Ted Nash, alto and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet

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Ted Nash enjoys an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator. Born in Los Angeles into a musical family (his father, Dick Nash, and uncle, the late Ted Nash, were both well-known jazz and studio musicians), Nash blossomed early, a “young lion” before the term became marketing vernacular. Nash has that uncanny ability to mix freedom with accessibility, blues with intellect, and risk-taking with clarity. His group Odeon has often been cited as a creative focus of jazz. Many of Nash’s recordings have received critical acclaim, and have appeared on the “best-of” lists in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and The Boston Globe. His recordings, The Mancini Project and Sidewalk Meeting, have been placed on several “best-of- decade” lists. His album Portrait in Seven Shades was recorded by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and was released in 2010. The album is the first composition released by the JLCO featuring original music by a band member other than bandleader Wynton Marsalis. Nash’s latest album, Chakra, was released in 2013. His most recent big band recording, Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom, won the 2017 Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album Grammy Award. The album includes “Spoken at Midnight,” which won the 2017 Best Instrumental Composition Grammy Award. Nash’s arrangement of “We Three Kings,” featured on the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis’ Big Band Holidays album, was nominated for the 2017 Best Instrumental Or A Cappella Arrangement Grammy Award.

 

Paul Nedzela, baritone and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet

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Paul Nedzela has become one of today’s top baritone saxophone players. He has played with many renowned artists and ensembles, including Wess Anderson, George Benson, The Birdland Big Band, Bill Charlap, Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Michael Feinstein, Benny Golson, Wycliffe Gordon, Roy Haynes, Christian McBride, Eric Reed, Dianne Reeves, Herlin Riley, Maria Schneider, Frank Sinatra Jr., The Temptations, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Reginald Veal, and Max Weinberg. Nedzela has performed in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway show, Come Fly Away, and in major festivals around the world. He has studied with some of the foremost baritone saxophonists in the world, including Joe Temperley, Gary Smulyan, and Roger Rosenberg. Nedzela graduated with honors from McGill University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics in 2006. A recipient of the Samuel L. Jackson Scholarship Award, he continued his musical studies at The Juilliard School and graduated with a Master of Music degree in 2008.

 

Dan Nimmer, piano

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Dan Nimmer was born in 1982 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With prodigious technique and an innate sense of swing, his playing often recalls that of his own heroes, specifically Oscar Peterson, Wynton Kelly, Erroll Garner, and Art Tatum. As a young man, Nimmer’s family inherited a piano and he started playing by ear. He studied classical piano and eventually became interested in jazz. At the same time, he began playing gigs around Milwaukee. Upon graduation from high school, Nimmer left Milwaukee to study music at Northern Illinois University. It didn’t take him long to become one of Chicago’s busiest piano players. Working a lot in the Chicago scene, Nimmer decided to leave school and make the big move to New York City where he immediately emerged in the New York scene. A year after moving to New York City, he became a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Quintet. Nimmer has worked with Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, Dianne Reeves, George Benson, Frank Wess, Clark Terry, Tom Jones, Benny Golson, Lewis Nash, Peter Washington, Ed Thigpen, Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Fareed Haque, and many more. He has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The View, The Kennedy Center Honors, Live from Abbey Road, and PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center, among other broadcasts. He has released four of his own albums on the Venus label (Japan).

 

Marcus Printup, trumpet

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Marcus Printup was born and raised in Conyers, Georgia. His first musical experiences were hearing the fiery gospel music his parents sang in church. While attending the University of North Florida on a music scholarship, he won the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Trumpet competition. In 1991, Printup’s life changed when he met his mentor, the great pianist Marcus Roberts, who introduced him to Wynton Marsalis. This led to Printup’s induction into the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 1993. Printup has recorded with Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves, Eric Reed, Madeline Peyroux, Ted Nash, Cyrus Chestnut, Wycliffe Gordon, and Roberts, among others. He has recorded several records as a leader: Song for the Beautiful Woman, Unveiled, Hub Songs, Nocturnal Traces, The New Boogaloo, Peace in the Abstract, Bird of Paradise, London Lullaby, Ballads All Night, A Time for Love, and his most recent, Homage (2012) and Desire, (2013) featuring Riza Printup on the Harp. He made a big screen appearance in the 1999 movie Playing by Heart and recorded on the film’s soundtrack. Education is important to Printup, as he is an in-demand clinician teaching middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the U.S.

He teaches privately at the prestigious Mannes New School of Music. August 22nd has been declared “Marcus Printup Day” in his hometown of Conyers, Georgia.

 

Kenny Rampton, trumpet

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Kenny Rampton joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2010. In addition to performing in the JLCO, Rampton leads his own groups. He released his debut solo CD Moon Over Babylon in 2013. He is also the trumpet voice for the popular PBS TV series Sesame Street. In the summer of 2010, Rampton performed with The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra at the Edinburgh International Festival, and was the featured soloist on the Miles Davis/Gil Evans classic version of “Porgy and Bess.” Rampton has been a regular member of The Mingus Big Band/Orchestra/Dynasty, Mingus Epitaph (under the direction of Gunther Schuller), George Gruntz’ Concert Jazz Band, Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Bebo Valdez’ Latin Jazz All-Stars, and The Manhattan Jazz Orchestra. He spent much of the 1990s touring the world with The Ray Charles Orchestra, The Jimmy McGriff Quartet, legendary jazz drummer Panama Francis (and the Savoy Sultans), as well as jazz greats Jon Hendricks, Lionel Hampton, and Illinois Jacquet. As a sideman, Rampton has also performed with Dr. John, Christian McBride, The Maria Schneider Orchestra, Charles Earland, Geoff Keezer, and a host of others. Some of Rampton’s Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Finian’s Rainbow, The Wiz, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Young Frankenstein, and The Color Purple.

 

Camille Thurman, saxophones and vocals

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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, and warm sound on the tenor saxophone has led others to compare her to tenor greats Joe Henderson and Dexter Gordon. An accomplished performer and composer, Thurman has worked with notable jazz and R&B icons such as George Coleman, Roy Haynes, Dianne Reeves, the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jon Hendricks, Pattie LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Louis Hayes, Russell Malone, Nicholas Payton, Jacky Terrasson, Alicia Keys, Lalah Hathaway, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu, among others. Thurman has performed with her band at the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Alice Tully Hall, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, The Library of Congress, 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. In 2017 she performed as a featured artist alongside Harry Connick Jr., Audra McDonald, Diana Krall, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Renée Fleming, Marilyn Maye, Roberta Gambarini, Kenny Washington, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2017 Annual Gala, entitled Ella at 100: Forever The First Lady of Song. In 2015 Thurman 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 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 ASCAP/Kennedy Center “Songwriters: The Next Generation” showcase. Thurman has appeared on BET’s Black Girls Rock as the saxophonist and flutist in the All Star Band. Thurman’s debut album, ORIGINS (2014), reached JazzWeek’s Top 50 and was critically acclaimed. Spirit Child (2014) featured Rashaan Carter, Shirazette Tinnin, Anthony Wonsey, Shan Kenner, and Jason Lindner. Inside The Moment: Live At Rockwood Music Hall (2017) features Mark Whitfield, Ben Allison, and Billy Drummond and is Thurman’s third release as a leader and her first on Chesky Records.