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Monday June 18, 2018

From KZUM 89.3FM

Jazzmeia Horn moves the crowd at Jazz in June
By: Tom Ineck

Singer Jazzmeia Horn’s joyful enthusiasm virtually exploded on the Jazz in June stage at her June 12 performance. She proved well-deserving of the accolades that have been heaped on her since she won the 2015 Thelonious Monk Competition and her first release, 2017’s “A Social Call,” earned a Grammy nomination for best jazz vocal.

Horn built elaborate, well-structured scat-singing lines around “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” a Rodgers and Hart standard that sounded anything but conventional with bass and piano solos followed by Horn trading licks with Conerway’s drums. She was a force of nature, displaying a dazzling vocal range, improvisational daring and impossibly sustained high notes.

[…] Before the concert, I was honored to present Horn with the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2018 award for Up and Coming Musician of the Year. Since the official awards ceremony was taking place at the same time in New York City, we were fortunate to have her here with us in Lincoln. In fact, she was the only jazz artist to receive her award while on the road.

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