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Festival Day

Jazz Festival

Presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center

Saturday July 30, 2022 at 1:00 pm

Daytime & Evening Headliner in Venetian Theater
Adult $50 – $90 / Child $25 – $90

Daytime Only / General Admission / Does Not Include Evening Headliner
Adult $45 / Child $20

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Saturday July 30, 2022 at 1:00 pm

Jazz fills Caramoor’s grounds at the annual Jazz Festival. Bolstered by artist collaborations and tributes to celebrated greats, this year’s festival once again invites you to explore the many facets of the genre while taking in the full breadth of Caramoor’s venues and gardens.  

Grounds open at 12:00pm, music starts at 1:00pm, headliner starts at 7:30pm. A detailed schedule of the day to come. We suggest bringing your own seating for the daytime performances, as none of the daytime sets have reserved seating.

Daytime & Evening Headliner Ticket Includes:

  • Reserved seat in the Venetian Theater for evening headliner, Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Quartet.
  • All daytime artist sets starting at 1:00pm.
  • The price of your ticket determines where you will sit for the evening headliner (Adult $50 – $90 / Child $25 – $90)

Daytime Only Ticket Includes:

  • All daytime artist sets starting at 1:00pm.
  • This ticket does not include concert tickets to Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Quartet.

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Evening Headliner

Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Quartet: Burt Bacharach Reimagined

Daytime Artists

The Chick Corea Afro-Caribbean Experience with Elio Villafranca and Friends 
George Coleman Quartet 
Candice Hoyes & Damien Sneed: Duke Ellington’s On a Turquoise Cloud 
Benny Benack III Quartet
Linda Sikhakhane Quartet 
Summer Camargo Quintet 
Sarah Hanahan Quartet
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy Big Bands with Special Guests 

About the Artists

Camille Thurman

An esteemed saxophonist, vocalist, accomplished composer, and educator, Camille Thurman is quickly becoming 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 the 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 renown 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 around the world, including The Kennedy Center, Rose Theater, Winter Jazz Fest, and on The Colbert Show. 

Thurman has four full-length recordings as a leader to her credit. Her most recent project, Fortitude (to be released in 2022), is a collaboration with master drummer Darrell Green and his quartet. 

Darrell Green

Innovative master drummer, Darrell Green is one of the leading, most highly sought-after 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, Green has toured and performed in notable concert halls and music festivals around the world, including Jazz At Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, and the Montreux Jazz Festival. 

Green’s most recent project, Fortitude, is a collaboration with Camille Thurman. His newest trio project is set to be released in the fall of 2022.  

For more information on Darrell Green, please visit his website

The Chick Corea Afro-Caribbean Experience with Elio Villafranca and Friends 

Elio Villafranca, piano  
Scott Wendholt, trumpet  
Donny McCaslin, tenor saxophone  
Edward Perez, bass  
Eric Harland, drums  
Mauricio Herrera, percussion 

Chick Corea was quoted in a 2019 Billboard interview as saying, “That [Latin] flavor, I find, is mostly in everything I do; it’s a part of me.” For today’s celebration of Jazz icon Chick Corea, who tragically passed away in 2020, Elio Villafranca will delve into the maestro’s music from a distinctly Afro-Caribbean-meets-jazz perspective, joined by a cadre of master musicians. When Jazz at Lincoln Center hosted a week-long Chick Corea Festival in 2013, Corea hand-picked the musicians he wanted to see and hear play at the venue, with Elio Villafranca being one of them. Corea’s masterful storytelling knew no bounds – from Bach and Bartok to the Blues, from Stravinksy to Samba, Mozart to Montunos, Ravel and Rhumba – all tempered with the language of Swing with the Spanish Tinge. 

Cuban-born pianist and composer Elio Villafranca is a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient; a two-time Grammy nominee; 2019 Downbeat Critic’s Poll Rising Stars Pianist; winner of the 2018 Downbeat Critic’s Poll Rising Stars Keyboard; first Cuban-born recipient of the Sunshine Award (2017), founded to recognize excellence in the performing arts, education, science and sports of the various Caribbean countries, South America, Centro America, and Africa; and a recipient of the first Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) Millennium Swing Award in 2014.  Based in NYC, Villafranca is a jazz faculty member at The Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and Temple University in Philadelphia. 

To learn more about Elio Villafranca, please visit his website.

Candice Hoyes & Damien Sneed: Duke Ellington’s On a Turquoise Cloud 

Candice Hoyes 

Candice Hoyes is “shap[ing] the artist-cum-activist role” (NPR) as soprano, archivist, and producer. She released her self-penned EP in July 2021 — the follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2015 album of rare Duke Ellington songs, On a Turquoise Cloud. A multi-genre artist of “breathtaking range” (Vogue), Hoyes is a recipient of the 2021 NYC Creative Arts grant, and 2020 winner of the inaugural NYC Women’s Fund for Film, Music, and Media for breakthrough recording artists. 

Her recent performances have included BAM, Detroit Symphony, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, Portland Ovations, and 2020 NYC Winter Jazzfest. In the summer of 2020, she returned to Caramoor — where she had trained as a Bel Canto Young Artist — to perform the lead soprano in excerpts from Shirley Graham Dubois’s rarely performed opera, Tom-Tom, with pianist Kyle Walker, in a livestreamed event. She also recently performed and produced a recital of Ricky Ian Gordon’s vocal suite, Autumn Valentine, in collaboration with the composer and baritone Jorell Williams at The Cell. Hoyes has shared the stage and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lin Manuel-Miranda, and Phillip Glass.  

As an activist/producer, she continues her feminist performance lecture series for Jazz at Lincoln Center and CUNY for a fourth season, and is a key collaborator with the Feminist Press, Well Read Black Girl, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in Law, National Black Theatre, Women in Music, and numerous grassroots organizations. As a young artist, she trained at Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival and Nevada Opera. 

To learn more about Candice Hoyes, please follow her journey @candicehoyes on all social platforms. 

Damien Sneed 

Damien Sneed is a multi-genre recording artist and a recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence, which is presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music. He has worked with jazz, classical, pop, and R&B legends, including the late Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, among others, and he has served as music director for Grammy Award-winning gospel artists The Clark Sisters, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Kim Burrell. Sneed recently embarked on a 36-city North American tour, We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring Damien Sneed. 

Sneed is the founder and artistic director of Chorale Le Chateau, which has gained a global reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance period pieces to art songs to jazz, spirituals, gospel, and avant-garde contemporary music.  

Benny Benack III

At age 28, trumpeter and singer Benny Benack III performs widely as a frontman for Postmodern Jukebox, the vintage music collective famed for canny old-school covers of modern pop. In early 2020, he released A Lot of Livin’ to Do, the follow-up to his well-received 2017 debut album, One of a Kind.   

Benack has been showcased in international headliner tours at Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, JALC’s “NY Jazz All-Stars” (Mexico), and throughout Asia and Europe. He has headlined domestic tours around the U.S., including the Vail Jazz Party, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Pittsburgh JazzLive International, and the Vancouver Jazz Festival, to name a few, and has been featured at Birdland, Mezzrow, the Carlyle, and other leading New York venues.   

Benack is third in a generational line of Pittsburgh jazz notables. His grandfather, trumpeter/bandleader Benny Benack, Sr. (1921 – 86), hailed from a Pittsburgh lineage that also produced Roy Eldridge, Earl Hines, Art Blakey, and many more. Benny III often returns to Pittsburgh to perform, saluting his family forebears and the jazz heritage as a whole, nonetheless staking his bold and highly individual artistic claim. 

Linda Sikhakhane

South African Composer and Saxophonist Linda Sikhakhane began his musical journey at the Siyakhula Music Centre under the gentle guidance of the late Dr. Brian Thusi. His determination led to a relentless work schedule performing live and also in the studio with Nduduzo Makhathini and the H3 horn ensemble. Emerging victorious at the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship competition, he utilized the prize money to fund his Degree programme at The New School in New York. Here, he was mentored by greats such as Billy Harper, Reggie Workman, David Schnitter, and Charles Tolliver.

His debut offering, Two Sides, One Mirror (2017), featured a superior cast of young mavericks in the improvised music scene. The compositions were lyrical, offering the listener a chance to remain fully immersed in the spiritual aspects of the music while concurrently admiring the studious nature of its technical proficiency.

His sophomore album is entitled An Open Dialogue (2020). The live performance concert in New York consisted of music composed for his Senior recital at The New School. The project’s release coincided with Sikhakhane being chosen as Apple Music’s Artist of the Month (November 2020), making him the second South African Jazz musician to achieve the feat. An Open Dialogue was nominated at the South African Music Awards under the Best Jazz Album category.

Linda Sikhakhane has worked with a broad array of artists: Sibongile Khumalo, Khaya Mahlangu, Nduduzo Makhathini, Gregory Porter, Rodney Kendrick, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Logan Richardson, Derrick Hodge, Ted Daniel, Thandiswa Mazwai, Herbie Tsoaeli and more.

His 2022 release under Ropeadope is titled Isambulo, which translates from Zulu to revelation. A fluid and deep exploration of Jazz, seamlessly blended with tradition, Isambulo brings the present day listener back to the root. Evoking images of a New York night, with flowing saxophone and sultry vocals wafting out of a crowded bar, Sikhakane’s compositions and performance do not overplay either genre. There is a gentleness and calm to this carefully understated mix, a mood that is much needed in our chaotic world. In the end, Isambulo speaks of peace.

Summer Camargo

Trumpet player Summer Camargo is a Jerome Greene Fellow at The Juilliard School, majoring in Jazz Studies. Born and raised in Hollywood, Florida, Camargo has been a member of the prestigious Grammy Band, Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo, and Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. She was named a National Young Arts Foundation Merit winner, and she was also Downbeat Magazine’s Outstanding Student Jazz Performance Award recipient.  

At the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Essentially Ellington Festivals, she received Outstanding Trumpet Soloist Awards. In 2018, Camargo won the Ella Fitzgerald Outstanding Soloist Award and the Dr. J. Douglas White Student Composition Contest. She was honored to have the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra record her first, original big band chart, Leap Froggin’. She also participated in the Vail Jazz Workshop, Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz, the Monterey Jazz Festival Gala, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala.  

In 2020, she joined the Ulysses Owens, Jr. Big Band, was featured in FENDI’s Anima Mundi project in New York City and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Big Band Holiday concert, and was awarded with an Outstanding Trumpet Soloist Award at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s inaugural Jack Rudin Championship. Recently, she placed third in the International Trumpet Guild’s 2021 Ryan Anthony Trumpet Memorial Competition, and she has been commissioned by the University of North Carolina in Greensboro to write an original big band composition for its jazz program. 

To learn more about Summer Camargo, follow her on Instagram.

Sarah Hanahan

Sarah Hanahan is an up-and-coming jazz saxophonist in New York City currently pursuing her master’s degree in Jazz Performance at The Juilliard School. In 2015, Sarah was awarded a full scholarship to study jazz performance at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz within the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford). Her college professors include well-known jazz saxophone performers Javon Jackson and Abraham Burton. 

In the fall of 2020, Sarah started pursuing her master’s degree at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City and started making a name for herself in the New York Jazz Scene. Since she has been in the city, her career has only been gaining more attention and momentum. Recently, Sarah has been working with many renowned musicians including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ulysses Owens Jr. and Generation Y, The Mingus Big Band, Sherrie Miracle and the Diva Orchestra, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Barry Stephenson, Jason Moran, and Emmet Cohen. Sarah has been playing in venues around NYC with her own Quartet and other bands including Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club, the Harlem Jazz Museum, Times Square Jazz series, The Django, Central Park Keyed Up series, the Side Door Jazz Club, and many others. Sarah is currently touring Worldwide and plans to record and release her first debut album by the end of this year.