Falling in Love with Jazz on Valentine’s Day

A sold out crowd fell in love with rising jazz star Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green trio this past Valentine’s Day at the Academy Arts Museum. The concert was Jazz on the Chesapeake’s (JOTC) first concert of 2019 and a perfect way to launch the organization’s 10th anniversary concert season.

Camille Thurman
Photo by Jennifer Madino

Camille Thurman came dressed in her Valentine-day best. Wearing a bright red dress, she took the stage surrounded by her trio and won the crowd over with her infectious smile, impressive acrobatic vocal range and artful saxophone playing. Camille went through her love themed playlist with ease putting her own compositional stamp on some old standards. Her trio, lead my Darrell Green on drums, awed the crowd with their respective drum, bass and piano solos, all perfect compliments to Camille.

The highlight of the evening occurred after intermission, when Camille kicked off her high heeled shoes and a huge smile of relief filled her face. She then began scat singing, a vocal improvisation made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, where the singer’s voice mimics an instrument. As she glided through a range of tones few people can replicate, the crowd could be seen swaying as if traveling along with her.

According to Hugh Panero, who served as the evening’s host and helped organize the event, “We are truly blessed to be able to attract world class musicians to our community. We all fell in love with Camille on Valentine’s Day and there is more great music coming to the eastern shore from Chesapeake Music in 2019.”

On Saturday, April 27, JOTC will hold its annual fundraiser to honor its 10th anniversary at the Talbot Country Club at 5:30pm. Attending this intimate evening of conversation and music will be Monty Alexander, along with a special performance by vocalist Lena Seikaly and guitarist Steve Herberman. For ticket information and to learn more about how to support JOTC, please contact Lois Campbell (410-819-0380).

The next jazz musician taking the JOTC stage will be Sammy Miller and The Congregation on Saturday, May 25 at 8pm at Oxford Community Center. The Grammy-nominated musician and his “Congregation” are known for their joyful jazz sound rooted in swing. Their music spans the American songbook with lively, toe-tapping rhythms that feels as good as it sounds. Visit https://www.chesapeakemusic.org/jazz/ for ticket information.

Chesapeake Music is also putting the final touches on its 2019 annual Chamber Music Festival June 4-15th featuring top chamber music musicians from around the world and the 2019 Monty Alexander Jazz Festival scheduled over Labor Day weekend August 30-Sept 1, celebrating the 100th birthday of Nat King Cole.

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