2022 winner just announced!

 

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Meet the 2022 finalists

 

 

The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition is rightfully one of the most anticipated events in jazz

Christian McBride
Multi-GRAMMY™ winning bassist

Past Winners

Gabrielle Cavassa

June 2021 Winner - 1st place tie
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Tawanda Suessbrich-Joaquim

June 2021 Winner - 1st place tie
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Samara Joy

2019 Winner
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Congratulations Samara McLendon!

On Sunday, November 24, 2019 a distinguished panel of judges and pillars of the jazz community awarded Samara McLendon first place in the 8th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Pulled from over 600 submissions, McLendon was among five finalists who performed before a live audience at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater and a judging panel consisting of multi-Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride, Grammy- and Tony Award-winning jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocalist Jane Monheit, WBGO weekend host Monifa Brown, and award-winning producer Matt Pierson.

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