Monday, July 24, 2017

Dig! Sarah Vaughn Vocal Competition 2017

Sarah Vaughan is one of the most renowned jazz vocalists of all time. Beloved by millions around the globe, her recordings were the foundation of what constitutes being a jazz vocalist today. In 1989 she was awarded one of the National Endowment for the Arts highest honors when they elevated her to the status of "NEA Jazz Master".

Now, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is teaming up with Indaba Music to discover the next great jazz singer. And this year, for the first time in the competition's 6 year history, NJPAC and Indaba are looking for female OR MALE singers!!! If you have what it takes, you'll compete live in the 5th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition at NJPAC in Newark, NJ USA on Sunday November 12th, 2017.
Take a listen to last year's winner Deelee DubĂ©

The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (SVIJVC) is open to solo female or male vocalists of all nationalities who are not signed to a major record label. Applicants will be asked to provide three (3) audio samples of their performances – selections must contain one Sarah Vaughan cover song (see samples), and two (2) additional songs; as follows:
1.     A Ballad (slow to medium-slow song)
2.     Medium Tempo Standard or Blues
3.     Up Tempo Standard – including a scat portion

Total performance time for all three (3) submissions combined should not exceed 12 minutes.
Make sure you label your submissions according to the three above tempos.
Video is not required in the initial application, however, applicants that provide a url video link on the application will be given priority in selection. If selected in the 1st round, applicants will be required to provide picture and a video performance.

Submissions should be a representation of the contestant’s abilities, but need not be of professional broadcast quality. Performances may be a cappella or with accompaniment by live band or a pre-recorded track, and can range from a single instrument (piano, guitar, etc) to rhythm section to large band or orchestra.

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