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  • Sarah Vaughan Finalist Lydia Harrell With Rhonda Hamilton

    November 6, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Lydia Harrell talks with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton about her participation in the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, and her album with the LovelySinger band, The Way.

    Harrell is one of five finalists who perform November 10 at 3 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Victoria Theater for this year's "Sassy" Award, named for jazz singer and Newark native Sarah "Sassy" Vaughan.  Hamilton will present this concert, which is part of the TD Bank James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival.

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  • Singer Cyrille Aimee With Rhonda Hamilton

    October 21, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Cyrille Aimée talks with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton about her recent recordings and performance with the Christian McBride Big Band in the "Sing, Sing, Sing!" concert at NJPAC on November 9. The concert is part of the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, and Aimée is the 2012 winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, which is also part of the festival. Enjoy!

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  • Meet 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Finalist Teira Church

    October 8, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO congratulates Teira Church, 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, Teira 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.

    A native of Los Angeles, Teira is a senior at UCLA, where she studies jazz voice in the Herb Alpert School of Music's ethnomusicology department. In 2007, she placed second in the National Association for Negro Musicians' Scholarship Competition, and the following year enrolled at Hamilton High School's Music Academy where she joined its award-winning vocal jazz ensemble.  Teira was the only female popular music vocalist in the nation selected for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts' Young Artist 2010 competition. She received the Bronze medal in the popular voice category and was a semi-finalist for the Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

    WBGO will interview Teira 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, Teira and see you in November!

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