Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition

SVVC Finalists Christie & Rogers: Listen Now

Singers Kathryn Christie & Shacara Rogers talk with Michael Bourne about being finalists in the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Both will perform on Nov. 16 at NJPAC in Newark for the 2014 Sassy Award. Enjoy!

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SVVC Finalists Kelsey-Sugg & McKenzie: Listen Now

Singers Kate Kelsey-Sugg & Sarah McKenzie talk with Sheila Anderson about being finalists in the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Both perform on Nov. 16 at NJPAC in Newark for the 2014 Sassy Award. Enjoy!

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Larry Rosen on 2014 Sarah Vaughan Competition: Listen Now

Producer Larry Rosen talks with Rhonda Hamilton about the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition. The contest is called "the search for the next great female jazz singer" and accepts submissions online through September for a final competition which will be held at NJPAC in November. Enjoy!

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Sarah Vaughan Finalist Teira Church With Rhonda Hamilton

Singer Teira Church talks with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton about her participation in the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, and her inspirations, including Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson.

Church 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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Sarah Vaughan Finalist Lydia Harrell With Rhonda Hamilton

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.

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

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Sarah Vaughan Finalist Camille Thurman With Rhonda Hamilton

Singer and saxophonist Camille Thurman talks with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton about her participation in the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, and her album Spirit Child.

Thurman 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.

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

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Meet 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Rising Star Kate Davis

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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Meet 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Finalist Camille Thurman

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!

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Meet 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Finalist Lydia Harrell

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!

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Meet 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Finalist Barbra Lica

WBGO congratulates Barbra Lica, 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, Barbra 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.

Barbra was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She discovered jazz for the first time at the age of six while shuffling through her dad’s CD collection and immediately began to sing along to the music of Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee. In 2012, Barbra's debut album, “That's What I Do,” was released with a live-to-air concert celebration on Toronto’s Jazz.FM91. She performs regularly in the Greater Toronto area, presenting a wide repertoire of both jazz standards and original music, and was recently named one of Canada’s top five female jazz singers by CBC radio.

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

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