Sarah Vaughan

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Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan, possibly at Cafe Society, NYC, ~August 1946, by William P. Gottlieb.
Background information
Birth name Sarah Lois Vaughan
Also known as "Sassy"
"The Divine One"
Born March 27, 1924(1924-03-27)
Died April 3, 1990(1990-04-03) (aged 66)
Genres Vocal jazz, bebop, cool jazz, traditional pop
Occupations Singer
Instruments Voice
Years active 1942–1989
Labels Columbia, Mercury, Roulette, Pablo

Sarah Lois Vaughan (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990) was an American jazz singer. She was described by jazz writer Scott Yanow as having "one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century".[1] She had a contralto (alto) vocal range.[2]

Vaghan had the nicknames "Sassy" and "The Divine One", and she was a Grammy Award winner.[3] The National Endowment for the Arts gave her its "highest honor in jazz," the NEA Jazz Masters Award, in 1989.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Allmusic.com
  2. Concord music group: Sarah Vaughan.
  3. Grammy Award Database
  4. Entry at NEA Jazz Masters website