Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition

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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Meet 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Finalist Jazzmeia Horn

WBGO congratulates Jazzmeia Horn, 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, Jazzmeia 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.

Jazzmeia was last year’s “Rising Star” winner of Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. From Dallas, Texas, she attended the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She currently attends The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City and has performed with artists such as Ali Jackson, Vincent Gardner and NEA Jazz Masters Jon Hendricks, Ellis Marsalis, and Delfeayo Marsalis. Her soulful sound and understanding of the jazz idiom has earned her comparisons of classic vocalists, like Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan, and Teri Thornton.

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

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Meet 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Finalist Teira Church

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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WBGO Congratulates 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Finalists

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

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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WBGO Congratulates "Sassy" Award Winner Cyrille Aimee

WBGO congratulates singer Cyrille Aimée on winning first "Sassy" award, at the finals of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition which were held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center today. Aimée, of French and Dominican heritage, visited the WBGO studios on Monday and spoke with Rhonda Hamilton about her approach to music and growing up in the Gypsy jazz hotbed of Samois-sur-Seine, France.

Hamilton hosted Sunday's concert, and you can listen to her interviews with finalists Alexis Cole, Hilary Kole, Sandra Booker and Monifa Brown's interview with finalist Ashleigh Smith, - 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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Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition Producer Larry Rosen

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Jazz producer Larry Rosen organized the first annual Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition, whose finalists will perform Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m.  in Newark.

To get ready for this weekend's battle between talented young vocalists, Rosen joined WBGO's Gary Walker to give his insight on the finalists.  Listen to the interview here.

You can also listen to Rhonda Hamilton's interviews with finalists Cyrille Aimée, Alexis Cole, Hilary Kole, Sandra Booker and Monifa Brown's interview with finalist Ashleigh Smith, right here on the WBGO blog. Enjoy!

Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition Finalist Alexis Cole

Singer Alexis Cole talks with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton about her experiences in Ecuador, Japan and as a member of the Jazz Knights of the U.S. Army. Cole 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.

Hamilton hosts Sunday's concert, and you can listen to her interviews with finalists -Cyrille Aimée, Alexis Cole, Hilary Kole, Sandra Booker and Monifa Brown's interview with finalist Ashleigh Smith, - 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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Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition Finalist Hilary Kole

Singer Hilary Kole talks with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton about her upbringing in a musical family, early exposure to Broadway and jazz, and experiences singing with big bands and symphony orchestras. Kole 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.

Hamilton hosts Sunday's concert, and you can listen to her interviews with finalists -Cyrille Aimée, Alexis Cole, Hilary Kole, Sandra Booker and Monifa Brown's interview with finalist Ashleigh Smith, - 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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Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition Finalist Sandra Booker

Singer Sandra Booker talks with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton about her growing up in New Orleans, education in Los Angeles, and approach to music. Booker 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.

Hamilton hosts Sunday's concert, and you can listen to her interviews with finalists -Cyrille Aimée, Alexis Cole, Hilary Kole, Sandra Booker and Monifa Brown's interview with finalist Ashleigh Smith, - 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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