A voice wise beyond her years


Award-winning jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn comes to the Quick Center February 13

Jazzmeia HornJazzmeia Horn, winner of the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, will perform at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Friday, February 13 for two shows at 7 and 9 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for the concert, which is sponsored, in part, by Sheaffer. The Quick Center also offers a $25 for 30 and Under program, taking $5 off each ticket for those under the age of 30. For tickets, contact the Box Office at www.quickcenter.com or (203) 254-4010.

At the young age of 23, Jazzmeia “Jazz” Horn, hailing from Dallas, Texas, has already earned a reputation in New York City as a dynamic musician. Horn has a name that speaks for itself, capturing her very essence. She is a passionate vocalist and she continues to receive accolades from top critics and musicians alike. Her soulful sound, understanding of the jazz idiom and storytelling has earned her comparisons to classic vocalists, such as Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson. 

“Jazzmeia Horn is one of the greatest vocalists I’ve heard in 40 years,” said legendary American jazz lyricist and singer Jon Hendricks.

With the ambition to pursue a solo career, Horn moved to New York City in 2009 to study at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Shortly after, she had her first live radio appearance with Junior Mance at WBGO Radio Station in Newark, N.J. Soon she was appearing with her quartet in several legendary jazz clubs, including The Apollo, The Red Rooster, The Metropolitan Room, The Blue Note, Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Zinc Bar, Bill’s Place, The Kitano, The Lenox Lounge, Minton’s Playhouse and The Jazz Standard. Horn has shared the stage with musicians such as, Billy Harper, Junior Mance, Winard Harper, Vincent Gardner, Lafayette Harris, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein, Vincent Herring and Johnny O’Neal, as well as NEA Jazz Masters Frank Wess and Ellis Marsalis. 

In 2012, Horn won the “Rising Star Award” at the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. The following year, she won the entire competition. Horn was selected for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and received her degree from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Horn’s 2014 international touring schedule included London, France, South Africa, Moscow and Austria. She resides in Harlem, New York and is working on her latest unreleased album.

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Media Contact: Meredith Guinness, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, mguinness@fairfield.edu

Posted on February 5, 2015

Vol. 47, No. 170

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