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Wednesday August 16, 2017

From JazzTimes

Jazzmeia Horn: Going Where the Spirit Leads
By: Roseanna Vitro

An interview with the winner of two prestigious jazz vocal competitions.

Jazzmeia Horn takes jazz singing seriously. As a winner of the 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Jazz Competition, followed by a victory lap at the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, Ms. Horn announced her arrival in a big way. Her career saw the kind of ignition young artists dream about.

Honoring her Texas gospel roots, Jazzmeia presents a voice and identity onstage that embodies true conviction. She possesses a soft sound, coupled with the means to deliver lines with lightning speed, often in the service of improvisational scats informed by trumpet players such as the great Clifford Brown.

I found Jazzmeia focused and wise. She has made fearless choices in the teachers with whom she’s studied. She’s landed on the scene with a respect for and knowledge of jazz history, a growing body of music and a trunkful of personality.

On her debut disc, A Social Call, released on Prestige Records as part of the Concord Music Group, Jazzmeia celebrates her heroes as well as her gospel roots.

I first became aware of Jazzmeia when I was teaching vocal jazz at NJPAC (The New Jersey Performing Arts Center). But the moments that really got my attention occurred during her performances at the two competitions. I was a preliminary judge in each.

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