Girls Gone Jazz
There’s a common misconception that jazz music is dominated by older men. But at Sessions at the Circle — a series of free concerts hosted by The Shops at Columbus Circle and Jazz at Lincoln Center — some supremely talented young women will take the stage to show that it’s not just a man’s world.
“The reality is that there aren’t that many women that are seen playing jazz, but they do exist,” says Camille Thurman, a 29-year-old saxophonist, flutist, vocalist, composer, and educator who has performed at the Kennedy Center.
“In a lot of ways, women have always been the trendsetters,” says 27-year-old Christie Dashiell, a vocalist who has been featured on NBC’s The Sing-Off and who will be honoring Ella Fitzgerald during her set. “I love being a woman in jazz, and I love carrying the torch of the great legendary women of the music.”
Thurman, who grew up in the same neighborhood of Queens where Fitzgerald once lived, was also inspired by strong women in jazz such as Sarah Vaughan. “I want to be just as strong and confident and powerful,” she says.
Both musicians point out that jazz is becoming increasingly relevant for today's generation. “So often people look at jazz as something of the past or their parent’s music, but I don’t think that’s true,” says Dashiell. “Jazz musicians of this age and this generation understand that we can make this music our own.”
These women are also excited to be performing in a setting like The Shops at Columbus Circle. “I think it’s a wonderful idea because you’re having a moment to share jazz with so many people,” says Thurman. “You’re touching different generations”
Sessions at the Circle takes place every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. from July 26 to August 30 on the second floor of The Shops at Columbus Circle. Camille Thurman will perform on July 26; you can catch Christie Dashiell on August 16.