‘A thrilling presence with a musical sensibility that strikes a deft balance between mid-century jazz and contemporary neo-soul.’
Vocalist extraordinaire Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself. With her stunning vocals and vibrant onstage presence, she has quickly become a young star worthy of a place alongside the best headlining jazz vocalists of today. Since winning the Thelonious Monk Competition in 2015, she has gone from triumph to triumph with her debut album earning a Grammy Award nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2018.
Drawing on her love for iconic singers of the 1950s and ’60s like Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, Horn has created a sound that is all her own, exhibiting an expressive range, inspired scatting and a vivacity that is infectious.
This Festival concert features jazz, soul and gospel classics performed with a swinging beat and a taste of neo-soul by an artist hailed as the future of jazz.
With a name that’s easy to remember and talent that’s impossible to forget, Jazzmeia Horn is the real deal.
Image: Jacob Blickenstaff
Fri 1 Mar 2019, 7.30 PM
Duration: 90 minutes
Grammy Award nominated vocalist Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself, capturing her very essence. Since winning the Thelonious Monk Competition in 2015, Jazzmeia’s star has continued to rise, along with her reputation as an artist with an assured maturity and a vocal confidence far beyond her years. JazzTimes exclaims that Horns’s ‘vivacity, imagination, gutsiness and sociopolitical savvy echo the likes of Carter and Abbey Lincoln. Simply put, she is as exciting a discovery as Cécile McLorin Salvant or Gregory Porter.’ Her debut album, A Social Call, was released on Concord’s Prestige label to overwhelming acclaim from critics and fans alike, earning Horn her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Great story-telling, an inspired message, fluid vocals, scat-singing and spirited group performances – A Social Call features all one would hope to hear from a veteran vocalist of longstanding reputation. As such, the album serves as a clarion call, proudly announcing the arrival of a young, confident musical talent with a bright future ahead of her, blessed with a name that carries its own destiny. Jazzmeia Horn looks forward to her sophomore release in early summer 2019.
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