Overview

This is where the stars come out! Join us for our annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition or the “Sassy Awards,” where the best young jazz singers of today compete to become the legends of tomorrow. Winners of the first eight seasons include recent GRAMMY® nominees Cyrille Aimée and Jazzmeia Horn, not to mention such stars as Ashleigh Smith, Arianna Neikrug, Deelee Dubé, Quiana Lynell, Laurin Talese, and 2019’s champion, Samara Joy McLendon. Come and cheer for your favorite vocalists—with so much talent on one stage, everyone’s a winner.

Our Finalists

Hailey Brinnel

from Philadelphia, PA
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Andrea Miller

from Costa Mesa, CA
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Benny Benack III

from New York, NY
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Gabrielle Cavassa

from New Orleans, LA
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The panel of judges includes multi-Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride, jazz vocalist Carmen Lundy,  vocalist Vanessa Rubin, producer Chuck Mitchell, and WBGO’s interim President & CEO Robert Ottenhoff. . The competition is hosted by WBGO’s morning show host, Gary Walker.