Jazzmeia Horn Wins Sarah Vaughan Jazz Vocal Competition

Posted 11/19/2013

Jazzmeia Horn sings “East Of The Sun” at the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition on Nov. 10. (Photo: Steve Hockstein)

On Nov. 10, Texas-born vocalist Jazzmeia Horn took first place in the second annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J. Horn won the Sassy Award, a $5,000 prize, with her rendition of “East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon),” impressing a panel of judges that included vocalists Al Jarreau, Janis Siegel and Gretchen Parlato, WBGO music director Gary Walker and producer Larry Rosen.

Horn also performed “I Remember You” and “You Go To My Head.” The first runner-up was Barbara Lica, who performed “Honeysuckle Rose,” and the second runner-up was Camille Thurman, who sang “Bye Bye Blackbird.” The winner of the Rising Star Award was Kate Davis. The other finalists were Teira Church and Lydia Harrell.

Vaughan recorded “East Of The Sun” on her 1955 Columbia Records LP Sarah Vaughan In Hi-Fi. The song has also been recorded by Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra and Diana Krall.

Horn, who won the Rising Star Award at last year’s competition, is originally from Dallas and attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts—whose alumni include vocalists Norah Jones and Erykah Badu and trumpeter Roy Hargrove. She currently attends The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City.

“We are helping to launch careers for the most exciting female jazz vocalists of tomorrow, while spreading the Sarah legacy to a new generation of music fans,’’ said Rosen. “Cyrille Aimée, our 2012 Sassy winner, and Jazzmeia Horn represent the future of where jazz is headed.”