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Wednesday May 10, 2017

From Guide Live

Dallas singer Jazzmeia Horn, now a jazz singer, changed her tune on ‘old people’s music’
By: Thor Christiensen

With a name like Jazzmeia Horn, the Dallas-born singer seemed destined to become a jazz star. But when she was younger, it was the last style on her mind. “I was like, ‘This is old people’s music,’” Horn, 26, says with laugh, recalling her first impression of a jazz compilation CD given to her by Roger Boykin, her teacher at Dallas’ Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Despite her initial reaction, she kept listening to the CD. By the time she came to songs by vocalist Sarah Vaughan, Horn was hooked. “I was like ‘Whoa!’” she says by phone from her home in New York City. “She was scatting and improvising. … I’d never heard anything like that before. It knocked my socks off.”

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