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  • 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!

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  • WBGO Congratulates 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Finalists

    October 8, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO is proud to announce the finalists of the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (SVVC): Teira Church, Lydia Harrell, Jazzmeia Horn, Barbra Lica and Camille Thurman. Click on each name to meet these talented young ladies and to hear them sing.

    Along with Kate Davis, this year's SVVC "rising star," these five were chosen from hundreds of  singers from around the world. They will 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.

    This concert is the crowning event of the TD Bank James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, which presents concerts at NJPAC and elsewhere in Newark from November 4 through 10. Judges include world-renowned jazz singers Al Jarreau, Janis Siegel, and Gretchen Parlato, WBGO music director Gary Walker and JAZZ ROOTS producer Larry Rosen.

    WBGO looks forward to introducing you to these remarkable young talents, and we will interview all of the SVVC finalists on air before the competition. Who do you hope will win? Click here to let us know, and bookmark WBGO.ORG/SASSY for all the latest updates.

    "“Sarah Vaughan always places among the top of our listener’s choice polls, and we look forward to the day when a winner of this competition might also become a mainstay of our programming,” says Amy Niles, WBGO's acting president and CEO.

    Congratulations, ladies, and see you in November!

    Click on this image for more information about the 2013 Moody festival and Sassy Award.

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  • Larry Rosen And Justin DiCioccio With Rhonda Hamilton

    April 9, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Justin DiCioccio, director of jazz studies at the Manhattan School of Music, and Larry Rosen, co-founder of GRP Records and producer of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition at NJPAC, talk with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton about  their collaborations on concerts to celebrate the 30th anniversary of jazz studies at the Manhattan School of Music and composer Gil Evans' centennial. Enjoy!

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