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Friday January 18, 2019

From The Houston Chronicle

Singer Jazzmeia Horn trumpets history
By: Lawrence Elizabeth Knox

Jazzmeia Horn was destined for a career in music.

Her pianist grandmother, who dreamed of becoming a working musician but was denied a cabaret card in the mid-1900s, could feel it in her bones. In giving her such an apt name, she passed on a legacy that the 27-year-old jazz singer has undeniably lived up to, touring the world with her Grammy-nominated debut album, A Social Call, since its release in May 2017.

Saturday will mark something of a homecoming for the Dallas-born mother of two as her septet – also consisting of a pianist, bassist, drummer, saxophonist, trumpeter and trombonist – will take the stage at the Wortham Theater Center in a concert presented by Da Camera. Horn has yet to perform in her home state since winning the prestigious 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, for which she was awarded a recording deal with Concord Music Group.

‘A Social Call’ features an eclectic list of arrangements and songs that resonate with every generation, Horn said. They are tunes enjoyed by her mother, grandmother, aunts, children, students, teachers and peers, including ‘People Make the World Go Round,’ ‘I Remember You’ and ‘Up Above My Head,’ to name a few.

Each song on ‘A Social Call’ was selected with purpose – to bring light to her listeners, to make them aware and to challenge them not only to talk about social issues but to work together to fix them, regardless of differences.

‘I’m not doing anything special,’ Horn said. ‘I’m just doing what I started doing when I was 3, so for me, it’s like second nature. This is my calling. It’s a part of my destiny specifically as Jazzmeia Horn.’

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