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NYC’s Samara McLendon Wins 8th Sarah Vaughan International Competition

On Sunday, Nov. 4, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)’s Victoria Theater in Newark, N.J., Samara McLendon—born and raised in the Bronx and a junior in the jazz studies program at SUNY Purchase—took top honors in the 8th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (also known as the SASSY Awards). Selected from … Read More “NYC’s Samara McLendon Wins 8th Sarah Vaughan International Competition”

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Finalists Announced for Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition

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 … Read More “Finalists Announced for Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition”

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NJPAC Announces 2018 Sarah Vaughan Competition Finalists

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 … Read More “NJPAC Announces 2018 Sarah Vaughan Competition Finalists”

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Quiana Lynell Wins Sarah Vaughan Competition

The Texas-raised, Louisiana-based singer Quiana Lynell has been named the winner of the sixth annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, held on Sunday as part of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). The prize for the first-place award, also known as the Sassy, is a record-contract offer … Read More “Quiana Lynell Wins Sarah Vaughan Competition”

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