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Vaughan, Sarah

(Sarah Lois Vaughan), 1924–90, American jazz singer, b. Newark, N.J. Nicknamed "Sassie," she studied piano and organ, began singing in her church choir, and won (1942) the famous amateur contest at Harlem's Apollo Theater. Subsequently, she sang with bands led by Earl "Fatha" HinesHines, Earl "Fatha"
(Earl Kenneth Hines) , 1903–83, American jazz pianist, b. Duquesne, Pa. The son of musicians, he played jazz piano in big bands as a young man and in 1927 joined Louis Armstrong's quintet in Chicago.
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, Billy Eckstine, and John Kirby. During this period she was also associated with Dizzy GillespieGillespie, Dizzy
(John Birks Gillespie) , 1917–93, American jazz musician and composer, b. Cheraw, S.C. He began to play the trumpet at 15 and later studied harmony and theory at Laurinburg Institute, N.C. He played with the bands of Cab Calloway and Billy Eckstine.
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 and Charlie ParkerParker, Charlie "Bird"
(Charles Christopher Parker, Jr.), 1920–55, American musician and composer, b. Kansas City, Kans. He began playing alto saxophone in 1933 and, shifting from one band to another, eventually met Dizzy Gillespie in New York City.
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, learning much from their bop horn stylings. From 1947 on, Vaughan worked as a soloist, becoming one of jazz's finest vocalists. An alto who moved easily from honeyed to harsh, she had a huge range and a finely controlled vibrato, and was acclaimed for her performance of such songs as "Lover Man," "It's Magic," and "Misty." An active recording artist from the mid-1940s on, she frequently (1950s–80s) toured the United States and Europe.

Bibliography

See biographies by L. Gourse (1993) and M. Ruuth (1994); discography by D. Brown (1991).

Vaughan, Sarah (Lois)

(1924–90) jazz vocalist; born in Newark, N.J. She began singing in church, won an Apollo Theatre talent contest in 1942, and was featured with Earl Hines from 1944 to 1945. Influenced by bebop and possessing operatic range, she emerged as an original stylist by the late 1940s and established a solo career as an internationally acclaimed artist thereafter.
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THE BEST OF SARAH VAUGHAN focuses on the recordings "Sassy" made for Mercury in the '50s and '60s, many of them hard to find.
These five (by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Sonny Rollins, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie) are the first in a planned series which will feature the music of NEA Jazz Masters.
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The nine pieces - the names as well as the notes have been jazzed up - take about 30 minutes to perform, so the concert also includes other traditional holiday gems as well as an arrangement of "Snowfall" prepared especially for Swing Shift by Mike Wofford, who worked with Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, and who will perform with the band at the Wildish, along with his wife, jazz flutist Holly Hofmann.
Having worked with everyone from Little Richard to Sarah Vaughan, he is the winner of 27 Grammy awards.
But every Wednesday night for more than seven decades, the Apollo helped to launch the careers of such notables as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, John W Mathis, and the Jackson Five.
Sarah Vaughan, motor director at AXA insurance which published the study, said: "Every year we see a surge of accidents at this time of year as people head back after the August bank holiday, or return home after their summer holidays.
The company, based in Droitwitch, was founded by Frank Kelly and Sarah Vaughan, who worked in the housebuilding sector and saw a gap in the market to make homes flood proof.