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The Emerging Jazz Icons Series Returns for the 2018 Season

The 2018 Emerging Jazz Icons Series will feature Camille Thurman (left) and the Darrell Green Trio on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, and Joel Ross (Right) on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 (Note: January’s concert has been canceled).


UPDATE: Due to unforeseen complications, our Emerging Jazz Icon Series concert scheduled for January 12 with Joel Ross has been canceled. However, Joel Ross is currently in negotiations to perform for the 2019 Atlanta Jazz Festival.

More details about his upcoming performance will be shared as they come available.


The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) and the Atlanta Jazz Festival are proud to announce the return of the Emerging Jazz Icons Series. 

Organized in partnership with Public Broadcasting Atlanta and The Woodruff Arts Center, the Emerging Jazz Icons Series promote new and up-and-coming jazz artists while introducing the art form to a new generation. 

The 2018 season of the Emerging Jazz Icons Series will feature Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Trio on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, and Joel Ross on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 (January’s concert has been canceled). All concerts will take place in The Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Auditorium and lead up to the 42nd Atlanta Jazz Festival, scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend (May 25– 26, 2019) in Piedmont Park. 

Tickets for this season of concerts will be available at and the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office. 

Tickets for the Emerging Jazz Icons Series featuring Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Trio are now on sale. Purchase your tickets here.

About Camille Thurman
Acclaimed singer Camille Thurman has amazed audiences throughout the world with her impeccable sound, remarkable vocal virtuosity, and captivating artistry. An accomplished performer and composer, Thurman has worked with notable Jazz and R&B icons such as Dianne Reeves, Pattie LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu, among others. Thurman has also performed and toured throughout China, Africa, South America, Europe, and Central America with her band. She has also received multiple accolades for her talent. Most notably, Thurman was the recipient of the Martin E. Segal –Lincoln Center Award for Outstanding Young Artists.

About Joel Ross
A Chicago native, Joel Ross has performed with historic and seasoned artist such as Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes, Christian McBride, and Stefon Harris – as well as with cutting-edge contemporaries like Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, Jon Batiste and many more. Twice selected as a Thelonious Monk Institute National All-Star, Ross has performed at multiple festivals including the Brubeck, Monterey, Seattle, and Chicago Jazz Festivals. Ross has just recorded his debut album “Good Vibes” and formed his own ensemble under the same name.