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Wednesday May 30, 2018

From the Charleston City Paper

Jazzmeia Horn takes her throne as the new queen of scat
By: Stratton Lawrence

Jazzmeia Horn’s debut album garnered a Grammy nomination, yet outside of the jazz community, she’s not a household name. But everyone in attendance at the Gaillard on Monday night is thinking and talking about Jazzmeia today. Over nearly two hours, she wowed the audience with her rapid-fire vocal improvisations, using her voice as the leading seventh instrument to jam with her talented sextet (including a trio of horns).

That meant a whole lot more than just bopping along — Horn’s vocalizations included tribal yells, upper-register squeaks and animal noises that sounded like a stroll around the zoo. Her microphone was more than a conduit as she ran her fingers up and down the cord, mimicking the valves on a horn. She skillfully and innately adjusted its distance from her mouth to modulate volume. Each scat trance eventually landed on a powerful note, reminding us that she’s far more than a sound effect artist — she’s one of the world’s best jazz singers.

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