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Thursday June 06, 2019

San Francisco Classical Voice

Jazzmeia Horn is Making Her Mark on Vocal Jazz
By: Lily O’Brien

“It’s not easy to get noticed in today’s seemingly limitless sea of singers. Talent, of course, is essential, but originality, personality, and style matter tremendously. With her colorful, African-inspired headscarves and attire, graceful beauty, and prodigious vocal agility, jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn immediately grabs your attention. At only 28, her career has been on a brisk upward rise. In 2017, her debut recording, A Social Call, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category, and her highly anticipated second album is due out in August. You can catch her on Wednesday, June 12, in the Miner Auditorium at SFJAZZ, one of the many talented artists featured in the 37th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, which runs from June 11 through June 23.

Blessed with a wide vocal range, a lovely, lilting timbre, an ability to scat like she was born doing it, and a strong commitment to her African roots as well as social and political issues, Horn’s personal brand of charisma is refreshing and unique. Born in Dallas, Texas, she was surrounded by a family of singers, and at just age 3, she joined the choir in her grandfather’s church. And though she didn’t plan on a professional singing career, it turned out to be her destiny.

After attending the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Horn moved to New York and earned a degree at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. She began playing clubs around town and eventually started appearing at major jazz festivals. In 2012, she won the Rising Star Award at the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Jazz Competition and followed it up as the winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals competition, and since that time she has been capturing a lot of attention and wowing the jazz world.”

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