May 16, 2016
Starting May 16th, female vocalists can submit applications online.
On a Wednesday night in 1942, Newark teenager Sarah Vaughan went to the Apollo Theater to compete in an amateur singing contest. It was the chance to win $10 and a weeklong engagement performing on the Apollo stage. Instead, Vaughan’s win launched a career that would transform America’s original art form and an icon who elevated the craft of jazz vocal music and garnered the respect and adoration of millions. It’s time for history to repeat itself.
Now in its 5th year, The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition, also known as the SASSY Awards, honors the talent and tradition of the competition’s namesake as the only international jazz competition of its kind, providing a platform for one outstanding jazz singer to launch a career within the music business.
Previous winners include Jazzmeia Horn (2013) who also was the 2015 winner of the Thelonius Monk Competition, and Cyrille Aimee (2012), the first-ever winner of the competition, whose major label debut in August 2014 was called “a bravura turn, presented with a smile” by The New York Times.
Sunday, November 20, 2016 – New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark NJ
Five finalists will be chosen to perform in NJPAC’s Victoria Theater on November 20th before a panel of judges that includes American jazz bassist and 4-time Grammy-award winner, Christian McBride along with additional celebrity judges, to be named at a later date.
In 1942, a teenage Sarah Vaughan won the Apollo Theater’s amateur singing competition in a legendary performance that served as a launching pad for a career that transformed one of America’s original art forms and elevated the craft of jazz vocal music.
The competition is open to solo female vocalists of all nationalities who are not signed to a major record label. Singers will be judged on vocal quality, musicality, technique, performance, individuality, artistic interpretation and ability to swing; winner will receive a Concord Record deal.
(Click Here to learn more about the judges)
Want to learn more about the various finalists? Click on their image to see their introduction video!