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The Empress Arrives! Supreme Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn To Bring The Flaming Jazz Torch To Wilmington, North Carolina November 3, 2019! by Larry Reni Thomas
(Published: October 17, 2019)

"I just got back from a tour in Brazil. I spent some time in Bahia, on the beach and learning about their culture," said vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, during a October 16, 2019 telephone interview from her home in New York City. "I have been very busy. I will be finishing a European tour before I come to Wilmington. We are definitely looking forward to being there November 3rd. I will be bringing a trio. I am also scheduled to do a workshop at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington that next day."

Ms. Horn, 28, a Dallas, Texas native, is the talk of the jazz world. She arrived in New York City in 2009 to attend The New School. Jazzmeia is the winner of the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocalist Competition, the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and was nominated for a Grammy in 2017. Horn has toured the world , and has performed at The Lincoln Center, The Apollo Theater in New York and at other major venues. She is a prominent part of the female vocalist evolution of American Classical Music, commonly called "jazz." Always elegantly dressed in splendid African-attire, Jazzmeia has the regal stage presence, charisma and chops of all the soulful, sassy, sophisticated, no-nonsense vocalists that preceded her. She sounds like a seriously, blissful, hip mix of Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith. But, most of all, she sounds like Empress Jazzmeia!

"I grew up singing in the missionary Baptist church. I started singing as a child," she said. "Most of my family members are musicians. My grandad is minister. My name Jazzmeia was given to me by my grandmother, Helen Horn. My grandmother was a classically trained concert pianist and vocalist. After she finished the conservatory, she was denied employment in the classical field because she was black. She became a jazz musician. It was difficult for her because she couldn't make it in Dallas so she moved to New York. She couldn't make it there either because she was from out of state, so, she was not permitted to have a cabaret card. So, she moved back to Dallas, and became a pianist and vocalist in the church."

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. "My first recording, ‘Social Call' was a call for awareness of the problems of the world-racism, pollution, sexual abuse. My latest one, ‘Love and Liberation" is a sequel, a call for action!"

The Wilmington, North Carolina Jazzmeia Horn concert is being sponsored by The University of North Carolina at Wilmington and The Cape Fear Jazz Appreciation Society (https://capefearjazzsociety.org/). It is scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm, at Kenan Auditorium, on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

"We wanted her because she is an emerging artist who is carrying on the tradition," said Primus Robinson, president of The Cape Fear Jazz Appreciation Society, during a recent phone interview from the port city. "We have noticed her development and are impressed that she continues to be a role model for future generations."

For more information call: (910) 962-3500 or visit: https://uncw.edu/presents

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