Jazzmeia Horn & Keith Brown Dynamic Duo and The Virgin Island Jazz Collective
On November 17th we presented our fall Crib Collective Concert featuring GRAMMY nominated vocalist and bandleader Jazzmeia Horn and pianist Keith Brown in a duo format and a performance from the Virgin Island Jazz Collective.
This night of music was presented as thank you for our supporters and the jazz community that has stepped up during this very challenging time.
To watch the archived show, visit our YouTube
About Jazzmeia Horn
Blessed with a fitting name for her chosen path—it was Horn’s jazz-loving, piano-playing grandmother who chose “Jazzmeia”—the singer was born in Dallas in 1991, grew up in a tightly knit, church-going family filled with musical talent and started singing as a toddler. She 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. Her education included steering herself to the mentors who would guide her passion for jazz, like Bobby McFerrin, Abbey Lincoln, and Betty Carter.
In 2009, Horn moved to New York City to enroll in The New School’s jazz and contemporary music program. An intense four years of training and performing followed, when she met many of the musicians who appear on her recordings, including Gould and Dillard. In short order, her talent began to be noticed. In 2013, she entered and won a Newark-based contest named for an initial inspiration—the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition. In 2015, she won the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, the most coveted award a jazz musician can hope to attain. Part of her prize was a contract with Concord, which led to A Social Call and now Love and Liberation.
“Honestly, I’m way more excited now about Love and Liberation because this is mostly my original music,” says Horn with palpable giddiness. “Don’t get me wrong, I love A Social Call and all the acclamations were great—the reviews in Downbeat, The New York Times and London Times. But now I’m like, You guys don’t really know what’s coming. Boy, do I have something in store for you!”
About Keith Brown
Keith L. Brown is a pianist, composer, arranger and educator. Born in Memphis and raised in Knoxville, TN, Keith began playing piano and bass at an early age. Raised in a musical family, both Keith’s parents played music and many of his aunts and uncles are exceptionally musically talented as well. His father Donald Brown is a world renowned jazz pianist/composer having performed with many greats and his mother Dorothy is a pianist also and plays various woodwind instruments. Keith first learned to play songs of R&B artists like Stevie Wonder by ear and then started classical piano lessons at 8yrs old. His father helped nurture Keith’s musical ambitions by teaching him how to play his original compositions and jazz standards. Keith and his brothers, Kenneth (drums) and Donald Jr., were deep into hip-hop and rap music growing up. Keith began to study jazz seriously after he graduated high school. It was at this time that he really began to be influenced by other great Memphis pianists such as Phineas Newborn Jr., James Williams, and Mulgrew Miller. By age 18, Keith was playing piano and bass around Knoxville in a variety of jazz, r&b, funk, and country bands. Later Keith would go on to earn his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2009 and completed his Masters of Music Degree in May 2011. Currently Keith resides in NY where he continues to be in demand making a name for himself as a pianist and composer both nationally and internationally.
Since he began playing jazz, at the age of 18, Keith has been fortunate to perform and record with some amazing musicians both as a leader and a sideman. Keith currently tours as the pianist for Charles Tolliver and Jazzmeia Horn and has shared the stage with great jazz artists such as Camille Thurman & The Darrell Green Trio, Dezron Douglas, Sherman Irby, Steve Slagle, Terreon Gully, Kenneth Whalum III, David Weiss, Mike Clark, Bill Saxton, Joe Farnsworth, Greg Tardy, John Clayton, Benny Golson, and Bobby Watson to name a few. Keith continues to draw inspiration from his roots in R&B, Funk, Classical, Jazz and Hip-Hop and constantly explores new ways of integrating these influences. “I always try to write and perform in a way that is intellectual but that has a strong sense of melody or groove that can touch those who are open enough to listen.”
About VI Jazz Collective
The VI Jazz Collective is an ensemble of young Virgin Islanders showcasing the musical heritage of the US Virgin Islands and their forefathers through the harmonic structure of jazz.
The VI Jazz Collective:
Keshawn Hardy – Trumpet
Sherwin Williams – Saxophone
Jairay Petty – Piano
Uriel Rogers – Bass
Joshua Farrell – Drums
Eljhaie Brathwaite – Steel Pan
Howard Peters – Vibes
Under the Direction of Mr. Dion Parson, these young musicians have been developing their musical craft since 2014 as members of the VI Youth Ensemble (VIYE) – a performance-based education program administered by United Jazz Foundation for musically talented Junior High and High School students on the US Virgin Islands.
The VI Jazz Collective provides an opportunity for VIYE alumni to spread their wings and represent the US Virgin Islands on a National and International level as part of the world-wide campaign “Made in the VI”; a collaboration between the Economic Development Agency (EDA) of the US Virgin Islands and United Jazz Foundation!