A Rising Star with Old-School Soul

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Tuesday March 06, 2018

From The Rutland Herald

Jazzmeia Horn: Rising Jazz Star with an Old-School Soul
By: Tom Huntington

Fans of such legendary jazz singers as Sarah Vaughan, Abbey Lincoln and Betty Carter — and more contemporary standouts as Cassandra Wilson, Cécile McLorin Salvant and neo-soul singer Erykah Badu — will likely discover a lot to love about Jazzmeia Horn. At 26, the rising jazz singer is “a virtuoso performer in command of a very powerful instrument,” according to the All Music Guide, with “titanic vocal skills (that) are matched by her depth of character and artistic purpose”.

A supremely talented vocalist, Horn has an old-school soul that conjures a classic 1950’s and ‘60’s jazz sound while imparting more modern flavors like gospel and neo-soul. She imparts her signature vocal stamp on such evergreen standards as “East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)” and “I Remember You.” And couples other chestnuts like “Moanin’” and “Afro Blue” with spirituals “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “Wade in the Water,” respectively, imparting all with her distinctive vocal work and approach.

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