If Dallas Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn Is the New Star of Jazz, Then Why Is Her Career Such a Struggle?

It's a sweltering day in Deep Ellum, and singer Jazzmeia Horn glides down a busy Elm Street sidewalk looking effortlessly cool in a gold African head-wrap. The gold fabric appears to be melting — an illusion created by the glaring sun and heat — but nobody gives a second glance.She takes a seat inside Cafe Brazil and compliments her waitress on her choice of eye shadow, but the server barely thanks Horn and goes straight back to work. Like everyone else in Deep Ellum, the waitress has no clue that Horn is a Grammy-nominated, scat-singing virtuoso and one of most important musicians to emerge from Dallas in ages.In the span of just two years, Horn, 28, has become one of jazz's brightest young stars, playing to big crowds in Europe and Asia and earning rave reviews from critics and peers alike."Jazzmeia has one of the best voices I've heard in over 40 years," the legendary vocalist Jon Hendricks said before he died in 2017.  Continue reading...

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