Reflections: A Jazz Diva Emerges


Kimmie Horne has been a favorite in metro Detroit and beyond (including Japan) for a substantial number of years. Her foundation has always been R&B with its many variations. But something else began to bubble to the surface, and now it’s available for all to hear.

Horne decided it was time to make an album consisting entirely of jazz and standards. The result, “Loving This Jazz,” produced by Michael Privett with Michael Cash serving as executive producer, qualifies as a success.

She sounds very comfortable doing this type of material, and in a big band setting. The selections include “It’s Alright With Me,” “A Foggy Day in London Town,” “Lullaby of Birdland” (our favorite) and “Whatever Lola Wants,” playfully changed to “Whatever Kimmie Wants” for this project.

Horne alters some of the arrangements to make the songs her own. In most instances, it works.

We asked Kimmie how she manages to look so young. She quickly responded, “Because I love what I do!”

In the course of that conversation, she revealed that she is related to the legendary Lena Horne. She never said anything about that before because whatever success she achieved, she wanted it to be completely on her own talent and effort.

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SPEAKING OF songstresses from Detroit, in a recent column I wrote a tribute to the Jones Girls. Shortly after, I received an e-mail and pictures from lead singer Shirley Jones.

Now living in Georgia, Jones returned to performing two years ago and at the time of writing the e-mail was preparing to join the Love Train/Sound of Philadelphia tour with the O’Jays and others. She is billed as “Shirley Jones of the Jones Girls.”

“I am doing my best to keep the Jones Girls music alive and kickin’,” she wrote.

Forbes magazine, the authority on such matters, reports that Tyra Banks is now the top-earning female on primetime television. She has become a real money machine, between her talk show (“The Tyra Banks Show”), “America’s Next Top Model” and other sources of income, Banks pulled in approximately $30 million in the last 12 months.

That is very impressive. However, it pales in comparison to the $275 million Oprah Winfrey made in that same time period.

And still on the subject of Black women, I was shocked to learn that they spend $9 billion per year on hair. That doesn’t make sense. Hair is not that important, although people have a right to spend their money on whatever they choose.

JERMAINE JACKSON always seems to be involved in something that makes him look bad, such as apparently finding ways to benefit from the passing of his brother, Michael. Now comes word that one of his ex-wives, Alejandra, is taking him to court for non-payment of child support. Alejandra, mother of “Jermajesty” and Jaffar, says he currently owes $35,000.

Rihanna’s new album, simply titled “Rihanna,” will be released Nov. 23. That is also the release date for “American Idol” star Adam Lambert’s debut album, “For Your Entertainment.”

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