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Thursday June 07, 2018

From Jazz Corner

REVIEW: VOCALIST JAZZMEIA HORN HAD THEM EATING OUT OF HANDS AT SPOLETO!
By: Larry Reni Thomas

“I didn’t choose jazz. It chose me. When I was a teenager I heard Sarah Vaughan sing and I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” said the Dallas-born, Manhattan resident, 27-year-old vocalist extraordinaire Jazzmeia Horn, during a May 28, 2018, interview in a hotel lounge, hours before her seriously hip. captivating concert at the Spoleto Festival, in Charleston, South Carolina.

“How does it feel to be the hottest thing out here?” I asked. “It feels great!” she said, without hesitation. Then she smiled and let out a great big laugh, as if she hadn’t really thought about it or had never been asked that question before. “I am happy, humbled, honored and blessed to have been around encouraging musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath and countless other musicians in the jazz community, especially in New York. It’s been quite a journey, from winning the Thelonious Monk and Sarah Vaughan competitions, to going to classes at The New School, to working at Applebee’s in Times Square, to my album A Social Call being nominated for a Grammy, to performing at the Grammys. It’s all been good!”

Jazzmeia considers herself a logical extension of her grandmother’s legacy and of her grandmother’s love for jazz. She calls herself a “Conjure woman” whose purpose is to present music that heals and addresses social injustices. Her performances clearly reflect that and the well-received, superb concert at The Spoleto Festival, in Gaillard Auditorium, in Charleston, South Carolina, the night of May 28, 2018, was no exception.

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