Camden Ruelle Wharram (known by friends simply as Cam) grew up just north of Boston in the small town of Pepperell, MA. Born on May 20, 1992, this driven, hard-working individual grew up playing ice hockey, lacrosse, and baseball, but it wasn’t until the fourth grade that his life would be forever changed by music. His mother and father were both avid listeners and encouraged him to join the school band. Initially he chose flute as his instrument, but after his first concert and watching the high school jazz band perform, Cam had a change of heart. Listening to all the reeds vibrating and articulating as a section, and watching students stand up and solo in front of the band was mesmerizing. The next day Cam switched instruments to the saxophone and from then on music has been his life.
He began studying with Scott Mullett, a local Berklee graduate, as well as performing at the Pepperell Music Center and other local venues with nearby musicians. Scott encouraged Cam to look into Berklee for a career in music and after a lesson with Dino Govoni (a saxophone teacher at the college) Cam took the initiative and signed up for the Berklee Summer Saxophone Weekend. Just after his fifteenth birthday Cam attended the Berklee Saxophone Weekend. He was amazed at the talent of the musicians surrounding him, and the best part was that he was was playing alongside these musicians in the Berklee Performance Center! After that he continued to study with Mr. Mullett, learning to play flute again, as well as studying the clarinet and jazz theory and improvisation. After performing on saxophone, clarinet, and flute at a summer stock theater, the New London Barn Playhouse in New London, NH in the summer of 2011, he began to work for a local theater house in Newton, MA and in Fall 2011, the multi-instrumentalist entered Berklee College of Music.
Not only was Cam gigging often on weekends at the Turtle Lane Playhouse in Newton, but he also joined the band of Lee Whalen, the bass player who worked at the playhouse. He performed with Lee and his band, Soulphonic, for a few dates in the fall and spring semester including gigs at the Lansdowne Pub (4/7/12), Club Church (12/18/11), and Ryles Jazz Club (2/12/12). In the fall when he began taking classes he quickly started meeting many more great players. He met drummer Min Seouk in the 150 Mass. Ave practice rooms and a few months later played in his senior recital at Berklee. In his Harmony 3 class he met vibraphonist Dylan Vadakin. They began jamming together and soon Dylan asked Cam to be part of his group Light Bright. Finally in Spring 2012, after rehearsing, writing the tunes, and booking the studio, Light Bright, composed of Dylan, Cam, Steve Bunce, Kyle Lankton, and James Knoerl, recorded and produced their first EP together entitled ‘Don’t You Hate Me’ at The Bridge Recording Studios in Cambridge, MA. When second semester started, Cam also met friends Kenny Reichert and Josh Shpak in his Harmony 4 class. Kenny and Cam worked often on their original compositions and projects for the class and Josh soon encouraged him to go to Wally’s Jazz Cafe on Friday nights to jam. Before long he was playing jam sessions at Wally’s and playing with Josh, Kenny, Clay Lyons, Kazuhiro Odigari, John Lee, Deshawn Alexander, Ryan Scalia and many others. He continued to write, and rehearse with Julian Wong, a pianist that he had met in an ensemble spring semester. They were also fortunate enough to have their compositions performed as part of this ensemble with Consuelo Candelaria. After a year at Berklee and taking every playing opportunity possible, Cam found himself playing every night in jam sessions at Wally’s, theater productions at the Turtle Lane Playhouse, with the band Soulphonic, or in late night practice sessions with either Light Bright or Julian and Kenny at the Berklee facilities at Fordham Road, quickly surrounded by and part of the Berklee community.
When second semester ended, however, the multi-instrumentalist found himself without a job. The theater season had ended with the school year at the Turtle Lane Playhouse, so at his teacher/mentor Scott Mullett’s encouragement Cam, rather than sitting on his laurels, decided to call Phil Miller at Royal Caribbean International and set up an audition. He was accepted on the spot, and after unfortunately having to leave Light Bright, was flying to Barcelona, Spain just two weeks later to join music director Jeff Ellis with the Liberty of the Seas Orchestra.
He spent the next seven months performing every night and living on the Liberty of the Seas, traveling around the Mediterranean and Caribbean and even crossing the Atlantic Ocean. It was here he met Jesse Hadley, a pianist in the orchestra from Idaho. Jesse was also a multi-instrumentalist on the bass and piano and, like Cam, had a knowledge of jazz theory and improvisation. He encouraged Cam to write more originals, and eventually Cam expressed that he would eventually like to live in New York as a jazz musician. Jesse liked the idea and suggested he return and finish his studies at Berklee.
He returned to his hometown of Pepperell in February 2013, and before long Cam was quickly performing as a member of the Berklee community again. He performed with his own quartet, Feed Me Weird Things, as part of the Lowell Moonlighting Festival on May 2nd. His group consisted of himself, Mike Dettorre on drums, Devon Hurt on the bass, and longtime friend Julian Wong at the piano. On May 16th he recorded with fellow Wally’s jammer Ryan Scalia and his friend, fiddler Galen Fraser, on Galen’s tune “Pier Over China” in Berklee’s Studio B with Matt Peiffer engineering the session. Cam also worked with another Wally’s friend, Deshawn Alexander, when the two of them recorded piano, organ, alto and tenor saxophone and flute tracks for Iva Kostic’s arrangement of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” for her Songwriting class. As well as working on different projects/performances with fellow Berklee students, Cam also worked for his mentor Scott Mullett again, covering rehearsals and performances for Scott at the Palace Theater in Manchester, NH in productions of ‘42nd Street’ in March and ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ in April. Cam also joined the band Uptown Celebration, who called him for a gig on April 5th at the Village Roadhouse in Kingston, NH after hearing recordings of him with Lee Whalen’s band Soulphonic. Uptown Celebration performed at the Atrium Lounge at Foxwoods Resort & Casino as well as many different shows throughout the summer.
As soon as Cam returned from his contract with Royal Caribbean he quickly began playing jams, recordings, and performances with a variety of groups, including recording with Matt Savage, his own trio C Dub Trois (including tunes with Jeff Galindo) performing with groups Viva La Hop and High Def, as well as the Christian Conti Quintet. He also continues to perform with Uptown Celebration. Cam took a couple weeks again in the summer to perform on a cruise ship with Royal Caribbean, once again on the Liberty of the Seas. C Dub Trois performed with Jazz Revelation Records as part of their 2014 compilation CD including the Berklee Performance Center, as well as their own gigs including the Underground and Somethin’ Jazz Club in Manhattan. They continue to play around New England including most recently at the Gulu-Gulu Cafe in Salem, MA and the Riverwalk Coffee House in Nashua, NH. As well as continuing to perform in musicals at local high schools and community theaters, he started performing frequently with Thinkin’ Big, a big band led by Boston Trumpeter Jonah Francese, including shows at Ryles (Cambridge) and Zinc Bar (NYC). Recently he went to Key West and performed with Pittsburg band. Zoot Island.
Music has been very kind to Cam, allowing him to accomplish a lot both in school and outside of school, as well as allowing him to meet many amazing people from all over the world. He plans to finish Berklee in the Summer 2015 and walk at Berklee’s graduation in Spring 2015. After Summer, Cam plans to move to New York City, and pursue his jazz dream. Without a doubt the future looks bright for this talented, hard-working young musician.
Experience & Education
Pit Musician for Next Door TheaterOctober 2013 to Present (about 6 years)
Doubling for performances of Sweeney Todd, Once On This Island, Gypsy
Leader/Saxophonist for C Dub TroisApril 2013 to Present (over 6 years)
My Jazz Trio featuring Mike Dettorre on the drums and Theo Brierley on upright bass. We play a collection of arrangements from Chris Potter to Josh Redman to Ornette Coleman, standards, and a large collection of original compositions. Performing weekly at the Blue Shamrock in Lowell, MA
Saxophonist for Uptown CelebrationFebruary 2013 to Present (over 6 years)
Performing at Wedding's, Private Parties, including Brewster Academy, Foxwoods Casino, and various country clubs/venues around New England
Saxophonist/Woodwind Doubler for Palace Theater, Manchester NHFebruary 2013 to September 2013 (7 months)
Covering Rehearsals and Performances of '42nd Street', 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'...
Lead Alto Saxophone (Clarinet & Flute Doubles) for Royal Caribbean InternationalJune 2012 to February 2013 (8 months)
Worked and lived on the 'Liberty of the Seas' Performing all kinds of shows sailing around the Mediterranean and Caribbean....
Saxophonist for SoulphonicMarch 2010 to May 2012 (over 2 years)
Tower of Power/James Brown Funk Cover Band, played at various Boston venues including Club Church, The Lansdowne Pub, The Middle East, and Ryles
Pit Musician for New London PlayhouseJune 2011 to August 2011 (2 months)
Performing a variety of shows including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ , ‘Guys & Dolls’ , ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ , and ‘Chicago’...
Pit Musician for Turtle Lane PlayhouseSeptember 2010 to May 2011 (8 months)
I am a woodwind doubler and I play in the pit for the musicals at this playhouse in Newton, MA.
BA in Performance at Berklee College of Music2011 to 2015 (4 years)
BA in Performance at University of Massachusetts - Lowell2010 to 2011 (1 years)
in at North Middlesex Regional High School2006 to 2010 (4 years)