Jazzmeia Horn


Thursday, June 28, 2018 8:00PM
Power Center

Jazzmeia Horn







After winning the coveted top honor at the Thelonious Monk and Sarah Vaughan jazz vocal competitions, the 26-year-old breakout jazz singer Jazzmeia Horn is a talent ready to take her place alongside the best headlining jazz vocalists of today. A sophisticated study of Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan, and Mary J. Blige, her Grammy-nominated 2017 début A Social Call encompasses her deft approach to artistry and clarity of purpose. Horn’s expressive range, rich tonality, and impeccable, playful scat singing enliven jazz standards like “East of the Sun (West of the Moon),” hard bop anthems like “Afro-Blue,” and gospel’s “Wade in the Water.” She brings the same passion to her own uplifting compositions, using her voice to sermonize on issues of common concern.



From singing in her grandfather’s church in Dallas to now headlining this year’s Newport Jazz Festival, a love of jazz forms and her self-expression through them have carried Jazzmeia Horn on her rise. She first embraced her identity as a jazz singer at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas where she connected to jazz composition, her love of Sarah Vaughan, and her talent for scatting. Trained as a gospel singer since she was a child, the young phenome quickly picked up on her own artistic language. In 2009, she moved to Manhattan, trading the closeness and support of family and friends in Texas for the rich cultural legacy of New York City, attending The New School’s jazz and contemporary music program. An intense four years of training, performing, and being on the scene followed, when she met many of the musicians who appear on A Social Call.



Jazz insiders began take notice when she played as a sideman to musicians like drummer Winard Harper, pianist Junior Mance, trombonist and Lincoln Center Alumni Vincent Gardner, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, guitarist Peter Bernstein, saxophonist Vincent Herring, pianist Kirk Lightsey, saxophonist Frank Wess, and pianist Ellis Marsalis. Then, in 2013 and 2015, the world opened up when she won the most coveted honors for a young jazz vocalist, followed by a Grammy nomination alongside winner Cécile McLorin Salvant.