Jazzmeia Horn broke onto the jazz scene two years ago to overwhelming critical acclaim. Her sophisticated vocals earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2018, and she has since toured the world with a name that speaks for itself, earning a reputation for spirited performances filled with story-telling, scat-singing, and brilliant improvisation. For her Princeton debut she’s backed by a quartet of exceptional jazz musicians.
Piano: Keith Brown
Drums: Winard Harper
Bass: Michael Olatuja
Sax: Irwin Hall
General Admission $50 - $60
Free "Meet the Artist" Reception follows the performance
Grammy Award-nominated vocalist Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself, capturing her very essence. Since winning the Thelonious Monk Competition in 2015, Jazzmeia’s star has continued to rise, along with her reputation as an artist with an assured maturity and a vocal confidence far beyond her years. JazzTimes exclaims that Jazzmeia’s ‘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.’ Her debut album, A Social Call, was released on Concord’s Prestige label to overwhelming acclaim from critics and fans alike, earning Jazzmeia her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
Born in Knoxville into a family of musicians and raised in Memphis, pianist Keith Brown has roots in R&B, Funk, Classical, Jazz and Hip-Hop. No less a master than Mulgrew Miller said of him, “he is one that will make a tremendous contribution to the continuum of jazz and particularly jazz piano.”
Drummer Winard Harper has played with such legends as Dexter Gordon, Betty Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Etta Jones, and David “Fathead” Newman. He also leads the band Jeli Posse.
British/Nigerian bassist Michael Olatuja has worked with a Who’s Who of today’s top artists in jazz, funk, and other musical genres, including musical theater. Eugene Holley Jr. of AllAboutJazz has compared him to Ron Carter and Jaco Pastorius.
NJ native Irwin Hall got his start at the age of 9 when he won a saxophone in a school lottery. After attending Princeton University on full scholarship, he was discovered while working for a major Japanese newspaper in Tokyo by songstress Melody Gardot, with whom he then toured internationally as the featured soloist.