• Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition Finalist Ashleigh Smith

    October 20, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Ashleigh Smith talks with WBGO's Monifa Brown about growing up in Lewisville, Texas, her education at the University of North Texas, and performing at the Kennedy Center. Smith is a finalist in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, whose finals will be held on Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m. at the New Jersey Performance Arts Center in Newark.

    The competition is the final event of the inaugural James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, co-presented by NJPAC and WBGO-FM.

    WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton hosts Sunday's concert, and you can listen to her interviews with finalists Cyrille Aimée, Alexis Cole, Hilary Kole and Sandra Booker, as well as Gary Walker's conversation with the producer of the competition, Larry Rosen, right here on the WBGO blog. Enjoy!

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