Jazzmeia Horn
When the legendary Jon Hendricks says a vocalist “has one of the best voices I’ve heard in over 40 years,” that in itself is enough to catch people’s attention. Add to that the fact that she won both the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition, and it’s obvious Jazzmeia Horn is a singer to watch out for.

Starting off singing in a choir at church where her grandfather is a pastor, Horn cites many influences on her style, ranging from gospel to pop to, eventually, jazz. During this teaser for her upcoming album, A Social Call, she describes a moment many of us may remember well: hearing Sarah Vaughan for the first time. As she walks us through her personal musical history, we are treated to a sample of some of the tunes from the record, and it quickly becomes apparent why she won those competitions and has received so many accolades. With the depth of feeling and personality of Billy Holiday and the virtuosity and playfulness of Sarah Vaughan, the opening few notes that introduce us to Horn’s voice speak volumes to the maturity and talent of the young singer. Joining her on her debut are pianist Victor Gould, bassist Ben Williams, drummer Jerome Jennings, Stacy Dillard on sax, Josh Evans on trumpet and the one and only Frank Lacy on trombone.

Check out the teaser below, and catch them live May 15th at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

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