Some Brave Sis foremothers are not included in the Journey-Journal, but there are many we like to pay tribute to all the same. Let's celebrate Sarah Vaughan, born March 27, 1924.
Known as “Sassy” and “The Divine One,” the sublime jazz singer Sarah Vaughan was born March 27, 1924. Like many greats of the 20th century, she got her start in church, in this instance, a Baptist church in her hometown of Newark, NJ. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
With a distinctively crystalline contralto voice and a signature pert and playful delivery, Vaughan was a trend-defining jazz stylist over five decades. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To think her career was launched in Harlem’s Apollo Theater when she entered a singing contest on a dare by some friends! She won first place and attracted the interest of jazz legend Billy Eckstine, who soon thereafter sealed her a gig performing along with him, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charlie Parker. And the rest was jazz history. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What is your favorite jazz standard? Chances are high Sassy has recorded it. An enjoyable evening might be hosting a listening session with a few others and soaking in the exquisite beauty of her voice.