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Jerome Mirza Jazz Residency


Andrew Crawford

Managing Director, Jazz and Instrumental Programs

2 East South Street

Box K-207

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Ford Center for the Fine Arts

The Jerome Mirza Jazz Residency at Knox College brings world-renowned jazz artists to campus for a week of intensive and collaborative jazz activities with Knox College students, culminating in a free public concert at the historic Orpheum Theatre.

Camille Thurman & the Darrell Green Quartet
Friday, January 24, 2025
Orpheum Theatre
Galesburg, IL

Camille Thurman

An esteemed saxophonist, vocalist, and accomplished composer, Camille Thurman is one of the leading young standard bearers of jazz, making a considerable and dynamic contribution to its legacy. She is known for her creative brilliance, effortless mastery, and undeniably distinct approach to music as both a powerhouse vocalist and saxophonist. Thurman was the first woman in 30 years to tour and perform full-time internationally with the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as a saxophonist/woodwind doubler (2018-2020 season). A respected leading musician, she has appeared at notable venues and festivals worldwide, including The Kennedy Center, Rose Theater, Winter Jazz Fest, and The Colbert Show. Camille has four full-length recordings as a leader to her credit and was an NAACP Image Award Nominee. Her most recent project, “Fortitude,” is a collaboration with master drummer Darrell Green and his quartet.

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Darrell Green

Innovative master drummer Darrell Green is one of the leading, most highly sought- after masterful drummers on today’s jazz scene. Embodying effortless technical mastery and spirit-filled rhythms deeply rooted in the modern post-bop tradition, he developed a style retaining elements of both the gospel and classical lineage while taking listeners on a spiritual journey. Many have compared his rhythmic sense of style, inventiveness, and feel to the likes of Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, and Art Blakey. A respected bandleader and sideman, Darrell has toured and performed in notable concert halls and music festivals worldwide, including Jazz At Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. His most recent project, “Fortitude,” is a collaboration with saxophonist and vocalist Camille Thurman. His newest trio project is set to be released in 2024.

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Jerome Mirza Jazz Residency Guest Artists

2024: Gilad Hekselman Trio

2023: Miguel Zenon Quartet

2021: Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom

2020: Virtual Residency featuring Camila Meza, Amir ElSaffar, Allison Miller, Fabian Almazan, Nduduzo Mathakini, Ulysses Owens Jr., and Jeremy Cunningham

2019: Caroline Davis and Rob Clearfield Quartet

2018: Steven Bernstein Quartet

2017: Maria Schneider 

2016: Marquis Hill Blacktet

2015: Matt Wilson Quartet

2014: Donny McCaslin Casting for Gravity Quartet

2013: Ben Allison Quartet

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