Gabrielle Cavassa and Tawanda Suessbrich-Joaquim in a tie were the winners of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in the ninth running of the awards. Judges were Christian McBride, Carmen Lundy, Vanessa Rubin, Chuck Mitchell and Robert Ottenhoff.
Gabrielle Cavassa originally from California is based in New Orleans and has toured with Adonis Rose & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
Tawanda Suessbrich-Joaquim is from New Mexico and is inspired by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Esperanza Spalding and Jazzmeia Horn.
Also among the finalists were Benny Benack and Hailey Brinnel.
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