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Finalists Announced for Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition

Five contenders from three countries will compete in New Jersey on Nov. 24

Laurin Talese performs during the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition finals
Laurin Talese performs during the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition finals, Nov. 18, 2018 (photo: Anthony Alvarez)

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has announced the finalists for the 8th annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, also known as the SASSY Awards, which will be held on November 24, the final day of Newark’s TD James Moody Jazz Festival.

The finalists, chosen out of nearly 600 singers who submitted songs via the competition’s website, are Samara McLendon of the Bronx, N.Y.; Christine Fawson of New Mexico; Viktorija Gečytė of Paris; Vivian Sessoms of Jersey City, N.J.; and Daniela Spalletta of Mazzarino, Italy.

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