Jazzmeia Horn was only 24 when she won the 2015 Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocals Competition – and members of the jury included Patti Austin and Dee Dee Bridgewater. So this young lady made a grand impression right from the start. One of the reasons for this is that she masters the entire vocabulary of modern jazz vocals and is highly creative at the same time. Jazzmeia Horn on stage singing standards may remind the listener of Sarah Vaughn, Abbey Lincoln or Betty Carter – as was the with the WDR Big Band which accompanied her at the 2018 Berlin Jazzfest. It is likely that only a handful of artists from her generation master scat singing like she does. She also carries a natural air of something very contemporary and her uninhibited way of handling traditional material suggests that she grew up in the 2000s - and listened to R’n’B and hip hop. She was born in Dallas in 1991 and her grandmother gifted her with her name. She studied in New York at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, performed with musicians like Billy Harper, Frank Wess, Jon Hendricks and Delfeayo Marsalis. Her debut album “A Social Call” was released in 2017, her second album “Love & Liberation” followed two years later and was nominated for a Grammy. Jazzmeia Horn’s album titles show that music does not simply take place in empty spaces. “This is something I try to do in my life – to say ‘no’ to some things: ‘no’ to xenophobia, racism, prejudices or sexism,” she once commented. And the ‘yes’ can be heard in her music and naturally has to do with love and freedom.