Date(s) - 06/12/2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center
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A name isn’t destiny, but in the case of vocalist extraordinaire Jazzmeia Horn her given moniker led directly to her high school exploration of her namesake tradition. Possessing a luminous gift that the late great Jon Hendricks called “one of the best voices I’ve heard in over 40 years,” the Dallas native is soaring into the jazz firmament, moving from triumph to triumph, including first place at the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and top honors at the star-making 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition.
The Monk triumph led directly to her 2017 debut A Social Call (Prestige), which was nominated for a GRAMMY Award and voted the best jazz vocal debut in the 2017 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. Drawing on the masters who came before her, Horn is rapidly defining herself with a glorious sound, smart arrangements and growing confidence as a bandleader. “I like Nancy Wilson’s storytelling, and Nina Simone’s strength and drive, Betty Carter’s playfulness and joy, Sarah Vaughan’s tone, Carmen’s diction, and Shirley Horn’s phrasing,” Horn told the Mercury News. “I take bits and pieces from everybody to create my own style, and just develop from there.” With a name that’s easy to remember and talent that’s impossible to forget, Jazzmeia Horn is the real deal.
Just 25, the Dallas-born Horn emerges as a fully realized stylist and a first-rate scatter whose 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.