Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition: SASSY Awards

Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition: SASSY Awards

Discover the jazz greats of tomorrow today at this exciting afternoon of performances by the five finalists in this eighth annual event, initiated in 2012 by NJPAC and WBGO in honor of Newark’s “divine” jazz icon.

Rising vocalists from around the globe compete for the chance to perform in the finals of the competition, also known as “The SASSY Awards.” This competition for outstanding jazz singers gives the winner a platform for embarking on a career in the music business.

Singers will be evaluated by a panel of special guest judges, and rated for vocal quality, musicality, technique, performance, individuality, artistic interpretation, and ability to swing. The grand prize winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize.

This year’s judges include multi-GRAMMY-winning bassist Christian McBride; acclaimed jazz vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jane Monheit; WBGO-FM host Gary Walker; and jazz producer Matt Pierson.


Enter to win $5,000 and an opportunity to launch your career at NJPAC!

Deadline For Entry: September 9, 2019 at 5:00pm
Finalists will be announced on October 15th
Competition Date: November 24, 2019 @ 3PM



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