Interview: Jazzmeia Horn discusses Bobby McFerrin and her Monk Competition Win

Jazzmeia Horn takes the stage at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola this weekend.

News | Apr, 1st 2016

Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn's career is taking off. She recently won first place in the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition, and this weekend she'll be performing at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola with Uhadi, an all-star jazz band from Johannesburg. (Attend the show or stream it live!)

In advance of her performances, she sat down with us to discuss her love of Bobby McFerrin, what she remembers most about winning the Monk competition, and the best piece of advice she's ever received. 

Jazz at Lincoln Center: Is there an album that changed your life you more than others?

Jazzmeia Horn: Bobby McFerrin's Vocabularies.I am still listening to it after years and years!

JALC: As someone who’s originally from Dallas, how do you feel about NYC? Is there anything in particular that you love?

JH: I miss the collectiveness of the musicians and the family-oriented vibe that we have in Dallas, but I cannot afford to go back home because NYC is so rich in all cultures of music!

JALC: What’s the most fulfilling part of your job?

JH: Getting the opportunity to sing and teach children of the younger generation while still being able to relax and revive the older generation of listeners and lovers of this music makes me feel like a god.

JALC: If you could live in any era of jazz, which would it be and why?

JH: The era that I am living in today, because my name is Jazzmeia Horn and that is not a mistake. God does not make mistakes.

JALC: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

JH: Be patient.

JALC: What was it like to win the Thelonious Monk competition?

JH: I honestly do not remember what it was like very much to win the competition because immediately after they announced the winner I had to go back to my hotel room and nurse my child who was not even a year old at the time. However, I do remember crying so much and feeling honored to be in a room full of legendary musicians. A blessing!

Jazzmeia appears with Uhadi this weekend at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Reserve seats or watch their webcast 

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