Sarah Vaughan Jazz Vocal Competition Now Open to Applicants

The five finalists will be announced on Oct. 15

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 that the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, a.k.a. the SASSY Awards, is open to applicants.

Vocalists of all genders 16 and up are encouraged to enter the competition by submitting recordings of at least three songs online, where the public can vote for its favorite singers.

Five finalists will be announced on Oct. 15 and will perform before a panel of judges—including Christian McBride, Jane Monheit, and Dee Dee Bridgewater—on Nov. 24 at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater in Newark, as the conclusion of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival.

Past winners include Cyrille Aimée, Jazzmeia Horn, Ashleigh Smith, Arianna Neikrug, Deelee Dubé, Quiana Lynell, and Laurin Talese.

“We’re thrilled that every season hundreds of singers from around the world, each in their unique way, advance the future of the music by entering this competition,” John Schreiber, NJPAC’s president and CEO, says in a press release. “We couldn’t be happier that Sarah Vaughan continues to inspire musicians and music lovers via the SASSY Awards.”

To submit an application, visit sarahvaughancompetition.com. The deadline is Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.

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