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Abyssinian Jazz Vespers: Camille Thurman and Kersten Stevens
Abyssinian Baptist Church
New York, NY
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Camille Thurman, multi-talented saxophonist, flutist, vocalist, composer and educator is a young musician emerging on the horizon, acquiring an impressive list of accomplishments that extend well beyond her years. Her lush, velvety, rich & warm sound on the tenor saxophone makes others to compare her sound to the likeness of tenor greats Gene Ammons and Dexter Gordon to name a few.

Camille's ability to sing four octaves and perform vocalize, has given the capability to influence audiences with melodies reminiscent to the sounds of Minnie Ripperton, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Her gift of taking the sounds evocative of yesteryear's legends and creatively pair them with the nuances, edge and freshness of today's music, has not only expanded the possibilities of jazz in the upcoming generation but also gained her the respect of audiences in Israel, Peru, Switzerland and around the world.

An accomplished performer and composer in her own right, Camille has performed with notable jazz and R&B icons Dr.Billy Taylor, Chaka Khan, Benny Golson, George Coleman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Terrie Lynn Carrington, Stephanie Mills, Russell Malone , Nicholas Payton, George Benson, Yolanda Adams, Bebe Winans, Charlie Persip, Alicia Keys, India Arie, and many others. Camille leads her own quartet, which has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the International Women in Jazz Festival, the Super Jazz Ashdod Israel Festival.

Camille was a two-time award winning recipient of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young
Jazz Composes award (2012 & 2013). Her compositions were featured and performed
by her quartet in the 2013 ASCAP/Kennedy Center "Songwriters: The Next
Generation" showcase. She has appeared on BET's Black Girls Rock as the
saxophonist in the All Star Band led by music director, Kim Burse (2012&2013).
Camille's debut album Origins, featuring Luis Perdomo, Rudy Royston, Corcoran
Holt, Enoch Smith Jr. , Brandee Younger and Shirazette Tinnin, released on the
Hot Tone Musicalong with her second release Spirit Child.

Kersten Stevens
Emerging from an accomplished classical foundation, Stevens has fostered a
unique improvisational freedom that wows music enthusiasts. A catalyst for
playing "outside" through risky music design, her performances are stimulating,
high-energy, and inventive. Astonishing audiences with meticulous dexterity and
beauty of expression, she creates an engaging interactive experience that leave
listeners wanting more.

Stevens leads a growing breed of performers who are innovating music with artistic sensitivity and reverence for authentic musicianship. Critics laud her masterful performances for technical brilliance and expansive musicality: "Breathtaking pyrotechnics that burst with pure joy" says All About Jazz. "Imagine if jazz master Jean-Luc Ponty's violin were suddenly possessed by the spirit of Marion Williams, and you have some sense of what Stevens can do. She is a gift to music," hails The Black Gospel Blog.

Stevens has performed before esteemed notables such as President Barack Obama, Ray Charles, Bill Cosby, and Denzel Washington as well as with music greats Kim Burrell, and renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter.The one to watch, Stevens has earned several distinguished awards. She is a six-time winner of Amateur Night and Showtime at The Apollo and has been honored for music excellence by her alma mater Yale University, the NAACP, Hal Jackson's Talented Teens, The Greater Bridgeport Symphony Youth Orchestra and more. She has received multiple album nominations.

Stevens celebrates a pivotal fourth album release entitled "INSPIRE ME"; a vibrant collection of original and traditional worship songs performed with a satiating palette of jazz design. Following rave reviews and a successful national tour, the release has received the Christian Contemporary/Gospel Album of the Year nomination by the Independent Music Awards.

Beyond her successful music career, Stevens is an accomplished digital media consultant, serving the world famous Apollo Theater, among a diverse roster of non-profit and faith-based clients as a video producer, social media manager and digital correspondent, interviewing multiple celebrities on the red carpet including Wayne Brady, Bow Wow, The Isley Brothers, Al Roker and more. A colorful palette of musical innovation; Kersten Stevens is a revival for the music soul.

Doors open at 3:30 pm. Vespers at 4:00 pm.

$20 General Admission; $10 Abyssinian Members, Seniors & Students (on site with ID); Free admission 18 and under
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Abyssinian Baptist Church (View)
132 W. 138th Street
New York, NY 10030
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Abyssinian Baptist Church
On BPT Since: Oct 11, 2013
Abyssinian Baptist Church

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