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NJPAC Announces 2018 Sarah Vaughan Competition Finalists

The deciding contest will take place in Newark on Nov. 18, the last day of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival

Quiana Lynell, winner of the 2017 Sarah Vaughan Competition
Quiana Lynell, winner of the 2017 Sarah Vaughan Competition

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center has announced the five jazz vocalists who will compete in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. in Newark’s Victoria Theater.

This year’s finalists are: Russian-born pianist and singer Oleg Akkuratov; New Orleans-based vocalist Gabrielle Cavassa; Australian singer Olivia Chindamo; Las Vegas-based singer Toscha Comeaux; and Philadelphia-based vocalist Laurin Talese.

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