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.
April 17, 2015
Starting April 17th, female vocalists can submit applications online.
September 2, 2015
Singers must submit audio clips online through an interactive platform powered by Indaba Music, by September 2nd.
October 9, 2015
The public can vote online to help select the finalists who will be announced on October 8th.
Sunday, November 15, 2015 - NJPAC, Victoria Theater
Five finalists will be chosen to perform in NJPAC’s Victoria Theater on November 15th 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. Now in its 3rd year, The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, also known as the SASSY Awards, honors the talent and tradition of the competition’s namesake as the only international jazz vocal 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 performed at the Jazz and Soul concert at NJPAC on November 13th 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.
For the 4th year in a row, singers from around the world will gather online to compete for the coveted Sassy Award, tops honors in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.
The Sarah Vaughan Competition is the only international jazz vocal competition of its kind and provides a platform for one outstanding jazz singer to launch a career within the music business. The first three years of the competition saw nearly 1,500 total song submissions, which music fans from around the globe shared, listened, voted, commented on, and liked nearly one million times online. Furthermore, the competition received over 2 million hits during last year’s competition, making it the world’s most visible jazz vocal competition.
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; winners will receive cash prizes of up to $5,000.