Dynamically empowering vocalist, Jazzmeia Horn, recently graced the DMV with a stunning performance at The Library of Congress‘ historic Coolidge Auditorium followed by an amazing impromptu appearance on stage at Takoma Station with DC’s own Vybe Band. Clearly, the Grammy nominated jazz vocalist made the most of her birthday visit to the nation’s capital sharing her remarkable voice while gaining an immediate following of fans in the process. A truly magical day of music in the DMV with historic vibes to remember for quite some time.
Jazzmeia Horn, a Dallas native now living in New York City, recalls singing “This Little Light of Mine” at 3 years old for her grandmother Harriet Horn – a jazz pianist who named her Jazzmeia. Deeply rooted in the church, music was always a constant in the tightly-knit Horn household. An alumni of Dallas’ famed Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts along with the likes of noted alumni Erykah Badu, Norah Jones, and Roy Hargrove. Jazzmeia Horn’s mesmerizing voice gained global attention after winning the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition in 2013 and the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2015. Her debut album, “A Social Call”, is a beautiful blend of Horn’s subtly smooth voice along with a powerful defining message in her music of spiritual, cultural, and social awareness that immediately received worldwide accolades among the jazz community earning a Grammy Award nomination. Her musical influences include Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan, and Rachelle Ferrell (All highly respected vocal giants that Horn’s exceptionally gifted voice affectations bring to mind). Jazzmeia performs around the world, from jazz festivals in France, South Africa, and Australia to jazz clubs in Moscow, Tokyo, and Taiwan.
As part of the Library of Congress Concert Series, Horn performed in the Coolidge Auditorium with her quintet: Tadataka Unno (piano), Henry Conerway III (drums), Barry Stephenson (bass), and Irwin Hall (saxophone). An exceptional group of young musicians that compliment Horn’s undeniable voice. She keeps them on their toes with her call and response among her band, often directly matching note for note and beat for beat with each musician. A dynamic that Sarah Vaughan and Betty Cater perfected. Horn captivated the audience delivering an inspiring set and even including a heartwarming rendition of DC’s own Marvin Gayes‘ classic “What’s Going On” which drew thunderous applause from the audience. How fitting to have Jazzmeia Horn performing on the very stage that Jelly Roll Morton recorded some of the very first jazz recordings some 80 years ago.
After a stellar performance at The Library of Congress, Jazzmeia stopped by Takoma Station in uptown DC to check out the DMV’s go-go scene and celebrate her birthday with the Vybe Band while in town. What followed was nothing short of EPIC! Horn is invited onstage after the band’s first set and brings the house down with a soulful rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady”! Using her vocal talents, Horn scats and belts out rhythmic harmonies all so familiar in the go-go realm. Her saxophonist, Irwin Hall joined in with a rousing solo while mixing it up with the Vybe Band brass section. It was an experience that brought together two very important genres of music for an amazing night that would have made Chuck Brown, Sarah Vaughan, and Betty Carter proud!
Jazzmeia Horn is set to release her highly anticiapted sophomore album this summer. With her extensive touring and cultural awareness, Jazzmeia is developing an already promising career as a powerhouse vocalist able to cross musical genres and inspire the future of jazz! Thank you for sharing your gift with the DMV and making your performance a very memorable one in the go-go community. We look forward to the return of Jazzmeia Horn here in the DMV!
For more info on Jazzmeia Horn: www.theartistryofjazzhorn.com
-Jamaal Bailey (Urban Heat Advisory)