by Keanna Faircloth, WBGO

Raised in Harlem, NY, Vivian Sessoms truly “gets it honest.” Her mother was a session and jingle singer. Her father, a former flutist and percussionist for James Brown. Music was always around in her household, and her talent was apparent early on.

Now, as a seasoned vocalist, Sessoms looks forward to the unique exposure and recognition provided by the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. When asked about her favorite song associated with Vaughan, she chose “Stella By Starlight” for the feeling and poignancy that Sassy brings to the standard.

The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition takes place on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, as part of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival. Vivian is both honored and excited to participate in this world-renowned exposition.

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