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Jazzmeia Horn -  new single and forthcoming album, plus US and European tour dates, September - December 2021.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn will release her new single "Lover Come Back To Me" on July 30th 2021. The track will also appear on the forthcoming album "Dear Love", which will be released on September 10th.

Publicist Rupert Burley has provided the following press release;

JAZZMEIA HORN AND HER NOBLE FORCE
Present The Brand New Album
DEAR LOVE
Released 10th September 2021
First Single From New Album ‘Lover Come Back To Me’ (released 30th July):

 


September 2021 welcomes the release of Dear Love, the brand new project by US jazz luminary, vocalist and composer Jazzmeia Horn. A winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition and the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, Jazzmeia Horn is also a NAACP Image Award winning artist. Having signed to Concord Records, her debut album ‘A Social Call’ achieved great critical acclaim, receiving a GRAMMY Award® nomination in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Album. Jazzmeia’s second album ‘Love and Liberation’, received yet another GRAMMY® nomination in the same category. Now Jazzmeia Horn makes a triumphant return with a big band orientated album – a notable departure from her previous work and a unique proposition, undoubtedly set to build on hercompelling reputation as one of America’s most exciting and impactful jazz stars.


Dear Love, addresses three specific aspects of Jazzmeia’s existence, her community, her lover and herself. The album is infused with poetry and spoken word through letters of encouragement – it is the first time that these proponents of Jazzmeia’s creative talents feature on her recorded work. Dear Love is also one of the first times that a black female vocalist has written and fronted a big band album in its entirety (this having historically always been a male preoccupation) and the addition of strings elevates the album to that of a major orchestral project.


Having embarked on an exhilarating voyage of discovery by listening to artists such as Booker T, Little Jimmy Scott, Bebop Betty Carter, Frank Wess, Jackie McLean, René McLean, George Coleman J.J. Johnson and many more pioneering figures in early jazz, an intuition like no other developed within Jazzmeia’s psyche, allowing her to assimilate and absorb what she has heard and fully digest it until it is attached to her soul. This gift allows Jazzmeia to carry the torch for these legends of yesteryear, while heralding in a new and evolved era for the tradition of straightahead, classic jazz.


Similarly inspired by musicians such as Erykah Badu and her collaborative work with rappers such as Common and Talib Kweli, as well as Lauren Hill’s status within the Fugees, Jazzmeia Horn provides a unique slant to her work by combining these influences with the nuances of iconic jazz figures such as those mentioned above. The result is a sound that simultaneously holds classic qualities and a contemporary edge.


The making of Dear Love citing Jazzmeia and her collaborators’ journey throughout the project is being filmed in order to capture the creative process and to further demonstrate the concept behind the album itself. This documentary footage will be broadcast on network television in spring 2022. Jazzmeia also plans to tour the album extensively, with some flagship shows with The Frankfurt Philharmonic Orchestra scheduled for October 2021.


Dear Love is an ambitious and exhilarating project that represents some of Jazzmeia Horn’s very best work to date, reinforcing her status as one of the most versatile and exciting international jazz artists in the world today.

 

Catalogue No: ELR001
Mixed & Mastered By Kastushico Naito.
Recorded at Sound On Sound, New Jersey.
Songs Composed By Jazzmeia Horn


Personnel:

Jazzmeia Horn         Vocalist, Composer, Arranger and Executive Producer

Keith Brown           Piano

Eric Wheeler           Bass

AnwarMarshall         Drums

Bruce Williams         Alto Sax (Lead)

Keith Loftis             Tenor Sax 1

Anthony Ware         Tenor Sax 2

Jason Marshall           Baritone Sax

Freddie Hendrix         Trumpet (Lead)

Bruce Harris           Trumpet 2

Josh Evans             Trumpet 3

Dion Tucker           Trombone (Lead)

Cory Wilcox           Trombone 2

Max Seigel             Trombone 3

Tia Allen               Viola

Chiara Fasi             Violin 1

Eddie Findiesen         Violin 2

Dara Hankins           Cello

Khalil Bell               Percussion

Sullivan Fortner         Musical Director and Organ

 

Track List:                                                         

HE COULD BE PERFECT
HE’S MY GUY                        
LOVER COME BACK TO ME        
I FEEL YOU NEAR                    
MONEY CAN’T BUY ME LOVE      
STRIVE (TO BE)                       
WHERE WE ARE
LET US                                                  
NIA                                                    
JUDAH RISE                            
WHERE IS FREEDOM!?

 

TOUR DATES:

5 SEP Atlanta Jazz Festival

18 SEP Pittsburgh Intl Jazz Festival

16 OCT Neumunster

17 OCT Heilbronn

18 OCT Köln

20 OCT Czech Republic

21 OCT Dresden

22 OCT Schwetzingen

23 OCT Czech Republic with Philharmonic RELEASE CONCERT

25 OCT Mannheim

27 OCT Frankfurt with Philharmonic RELEASE CONCERT

11-16 NOV Joe’s Pub, New York City

12 DEC Cal Performances, Berkley, California

 


Jazzmeia Horn was born in Dallas in to a family filled with musical talent. She has been singing in public since the age of three or four, almost around the time that she could form language, having started in the Golden Chain Missionary Baptist Church, where her grandfather is the pastor. Jazzmeia’s grandmother, Harriet Horn (who gave her her name, played the piano and sang as the first lady of the church), was a great inspiration and set Jazzmeia on a course that helped her to become the leading artist that she is today. These gospel overtones are apparent in Jazzmeia’s work and provide yet another interesting slant to the music that she creates.
Jazzmeia attended Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts, known for launching such musical greats as Roy Hargrove, Norah Jones, and Erykah Badu, then later attended The New School in New York City. Her education included steering herself to the mentors who would guide her passion for jazz, like Bobby McFerrin, Abbey Lincoln, and Betty Carter. This strong background undoubtedly enhanced Jazzmeia’s creative process and helped her on her journey to become one of the world’s best jazz musicians.


Though Jazzmeia’s music is deep rooted in jazz, she is also able to rap and is an accomplished poet. She is truly an all round innovative artist, who not only makes own clothes, but is also heavily involved in all business aspects of her work. This hands on approach generates a wealth of experience and demonstrates Jazzmeia’s prowess as both a creator and an entrepreneur.

 

Quotes:


“If nomenclature is destiny, Jazzmeia Horn was indeed born to swing. Maturing in what is proving to be a renaissance period for female jazz singers, Horn—who has won in both the Thelonious Monk and Sarah Vaughan vocal-jazz competitions—holds her own as an assured and spunky interpreter of song.” - The New Yorker


“Love and Liberation cements her as the next big carrier of straight-ahead jazz’s vocal tradition.” - The New York Times


“For Horn, expressing her truth is a crucial aspect of her artistry and at the crux of Love and Liberation. The album, she says, is a call to action, a plea for people to be honest with themselves and learn to love who they are. Intrinsically one to dance to her own beat, Horn relishes the opportunity to share her sense of self with listeners, to an even greater extent, on the new album.” - JAZZIZ


“Jazzmeia Horn makes a bold move with her much anticipated sophomore album, Love and Liberation…It’s rare that singers of Horn’s caliber can write as well as they sing but Horn does just that.” - The New York City Jazz Record


“On Love and Liberation, Jazzmeia Horn breaks free of the constraints of vocal jazz, offering a mature album of original music that speaks to self-love, self-expression, and perhaps most importantly, the courage to love unconditionally.” - Black Grooves


“Love and Liberation is an excellent reflection of Jazzmeia Horn’s musical identity as well as an explicit testament to her creative skills.” - Sounds of Timeless Jazz


“in a class by herself…America’s most exciting new hope in jazz vocals, someone who is both bandleader and vocalist and so much more. Deliverance is here.” - Bentley’s Bandstand