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  • Meet 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Finalist Camille Thurman

    October 8, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO congratulates Camille Thurman, one of five finalists in the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (SVVC):  Click here or on the image below to hear her sing.

    Along with four other finalists, Camille was chosen from hundreds of singers from around the world to perform November 10 at 3 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Victoria Theater for this year's "Sassy" Award, named in honor of legendary jazz singer and Newark native Sarah Vaughan, and prizes of up to $5,000. She will sing for judges Al Jarreau, Janis Siegel, and Gretchen Parlato, WBGO music director Gary Walker and JAZZ ROOTS producer Larry Rosen.

    Camille is a saxophonist, flutist, vocalist, composer and educator. She has performed with jazz and R&B greats such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Chaka Khan, Benny Golson, George Coleman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Terri Lyne Carrington, Stephanie Mills, Russell Malone, Nicholas Payton, George Benson, Yolanda Adams, Bebe Winans, Lew Tabackin, Alicia Keys, India Arie, Dave Valentine, Anthony Hamilton, Eric Benet, Brandy, Missy Elliot and others. Camille leads her own quartet, which has performed at The Kennedy Center, the International Women in Jazz Festival, the Super Jazz Ashdod Israel Festival, The Jazz Gallery and other jazz venues around the world.

    WBGO will interview Camille on-air before the competition.

    Like what you hear? Click here to let us know, and bookmark WBGO.ORG/SASSY for all the latest festival updates.

    Congratulations, Camille, and see you in November!

    03CamilleThurman

  • Meet 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Finalist Lydia Harrell

    October 8, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO congratulates Lydia Harrell, one of five finalists in the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (SVVC):  Click here or on the image below to hear her sing.

    Along with four other finalists, Lydia was chosen from hundreds of singers from around the world to perform November 10 at 3 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Victoria Theater for this year's "Sassy" Award, named in honor of legendary jazz singer and Newark native Sarah Vaughan, and prizes of up to $5,000. She will sing for judges Al Jarreau, Janis Siegel, and Gretchen Parlato, WBGO music director Gary Walker and JAZZ ROOTS producer Larry Rosen.

    Lydia, who is also known as "The Lovely Singer," has performed with the Boston Pops and sang the National Anthem for the Boston Celtics. Consistently singing in more than 150 shows a year, this Bostonian sings in all different styles and settings. In addition to her own bands, Lovely Singer and Platinum, Lydia provides back-up vocals for the Steely Dan tribute band No Static. In 2011, she was selected over 200 talented singers by Sony Music Latin to provide lead vocals for the Bob Marley tribute album, “One Love.” In 2012, she released her EP “The Way.”

    WBGO will interview Lydia on-air before the competition.

    Like what you hear? Click here to let us know, and bookmark WBGO.ORG/SASSY for all the latest festival updates.

    Congratulations, Lydia, and see you in November!

    05LydiaHarrell

  • Meet 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Rising Star Kate Davis

    October 8, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO congratulates Kate Davis, the 2013 "Rising Star" in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (SVVC):  Click here or on the image below to hear her sing.

    Kate was chosen from hundreds of singers from around the world for the award. She will perform, along with the five finalists in this year's competition, on November 10 at 3 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Victoria Theater for judges Al Jarreau, Janis Siegel, and Gretchen Parlato, WBGO music director Gary Walker and JAZZ ROOTS producer Larry Rosen.

    Kate is originally from Portland, Oregon, where she received national recognition in high school for bass and singing through the National YoungArts Program. She is a recipient of four Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards, a double invitee to the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, and bassist in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble. In 2009, she was selected as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts.  ASCAP selected Kate to attend the prestigious 2012 ASCAP Foundation Paul Cunningham writing workshop, where she was the recipient of the Robert Allen award for her original song, “Movie.”

    Kate also performed live in WBGO's Studio B back in November of 2010, when she visited the station with the Manhattan School of Music Quintet, along with pianist Christian Sands, Ben Benack on trumpet,
    Mike Ruby on tenor saxophone and Jake Goldbas on drums. To hear audio from that performance, click here:

    WBGO will interview Kate on-air before the competition.

    Like what you hear? Click here to let us know, and bookmark WBGO.ORG/SASSY for all the latest festival updates.

    Congratulations, Kate, and see you in November!

    06KateDavis