Camille Thurman – How A Geologist Becomes An Artist

Tell us about your upcoming cd.  This is your first?  Who’s on it?  What is it about?  What inspired you to create it?

The CD is entitled ORIGINS and it is my first debut CD as a leader.
Myself, on flute, tenor/soprano saxophone and vocals
Enoch Smith Jr. Piano -an amazing pianist and composer (
Rudy Royston, drummer for JD Allen & Bill Frissel
Corcoran Holt, bassist for Jimmy Heath & Kenny Garrett

Guest Feature: Luis Perdomo, pianist Ravi Coltrane & Miguel Zenon
Shirazette Tinnin Cajon and Drums

This CD is  a collection of original compositions that reflect the process & journey of my life to this point in time. It’s also the starting point/establishment (origin) of myself as an emerging, new artist on the jazz scene; an introduction to the world.  an introduction to the world.

Many of the compositions on this album reflect my roots deep within the jazz tradition with a modern and fresh twist (post bop, straight ahead jazz, blues, swing) but they also carry influences from around the world as well; brilliant sambas and bossa novas, hip-hop. I was heavily influenced and inspired by Betty Carter, John and Ravi Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Kurt Elling, Sarah Vaughan, George Benson, Hank Mobley, Stanley Turrentine, Dexter Gordon.

There are 10 original compositions and 2 standards on the album. Many of the songs were influenced by experiences I’ve had in becoming of age to this world, people who have had an impact on my life, lessons lived and learned, childhood memories and also concepts of life.


People have developed and gotten used to the idea that music should be free.  Give non-musicians an idea of what the production is costing you.  How much will you have spent to create this cd and what things do you have to pay for? 

An average self-produced CD, done by an independent artist, can cost around $8-10,000. This includes recording studio fees – recording time, mixing, mastering, editing, and paying musicians, promotion – press/radio publicists, manufacturing, distribution, copyright, hiring lawyers/paying fees to gain rights to record music by other composers, rehearsal space, Producer fees, graphic design artist, photography, cataloging and advertisement. So it costs a pretty penny for an artist to

be able to share their music with the world; takes a lot of work and a great team to have the dream manifested into an album. Everyone has to get compensated for their time in working on the project;

the musicians, the engineer, the photographer, album designer, etc. So that CD has a value to it. To get the project from being an idea to being your favorite song takes a lot of work and investment.


Where is Camille five years from now?

Camille five years from now is …

Touring, performing, lecturing/giving clinics around the world with the Camille Thurman 4TeT, collaborating and working with icons in multiple genres, giving back and helping Music Education worldwide.

Camille Thurman is from New York, USA.


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