The Legendary Sarah Vaughan

Valentine Dinner with Sarah Vaughan
February 13, 2009, 7pm to 9pm

A night of jazz featuring the music of Sarah Vaughan, a formidable force in Jazz.

She won three Grammys and was awarded the NEA Jazz Masters Award by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ella Fitzgerald called her the world’s "greatest singing talent."

Sarah Vaughan's contribution to the female jazz vocal genre, during the twentieth century, puts her alongside the likes of Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.

The dinner event will be on February 13, 2009 from 7pm-9pm at Africa House.

You can purchase your tickets online or by phone.


Don't Blame Me - The Dazzling Beauty Sarah Vaughan


You're Not The Kind - Sarah Vaughan

Event Details

When: Friday, February 13, 2009
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Cost: $40/person (RSVP Required). First come, first serve basis.
Reservation Deadline: February 12, 2009.
On the Menu: Appetizer: Batinjaan Zalud (Eggplant Salad) served with pita bread, Entrée: Beef Koutbane, Marrakesh Chicken, Couscous Marrakesh (A medley of fresh squash, carrots, chick peas, tomatoes and spices.), Salads: Cucumber and Date Salad with lemon and olive oil dressing with a hint of mint, garnished with toasted sesame seeds, Tomato and Prune with Guava dressing, garnished with toasted almonds, Desserts: Cheesecake and Strawberry, Wine: Red Wine (California), White Wine (South Africa) A mix of sweet and dry wine will complement the cuisine. Coffee: Yirgacheffe Gourmet Coffee (Ethiopian), Beverages: Apple Juice, Filtered Water

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Sarah Vaughan's Music

These Things I Offer You - Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan Biography

The Legendary Sarah VaughanJazz critic Leonard Feather called her "the most important singer to emerge from the bop era." Ella Fitzgerald called her the world’s "greatest singing talent." During the course of a career that spanned nearly fifty years, she was the singer’s singer, influencing everyone from Mel Torme to Anita Baker. She was among the musical elite identified by their first names. She was Sarah, Sassy -- the incomparable Sarah Vaughan.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1924, Vaughan was immediately surrounded by music: her carpenter father was an amateur guitarist and her laundress mother was a church vocalist. Young Sarah studied piano from the age of seven, and before entering her teens had become an organist and choir soloist at the Mount Zion Baptist Church. When she was eighteen, friends dared her to enter the famed Wednesday Night Amateur Contest at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. She gave a sizzling rendition of "Body and Soul," and won first prize. In the audience that night was the singer Billy Eckstine. Six months later, she had joined Eckstine in Earl Hines’s big band along with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.

I Can't Give You Anything But Love

When Eckstine formed his own band soon after, Vaughan went with him. Others including Miles Davis and Art Blakey, were eventually to join the band as well. Within a year, however, Vaughan wanted to give a solo career a try. By late 1947, she had topped the charts with "Tenderly," and as the 1940s gave way to the 1950s, Vaughan expanded her jazz repertoire to include pop music. As a result, she enlarged her audience, gained increased attention for her formidable talent, and compiled additional hits, including the Broadway show tunes "Whatever Lola Wants" and "Mr. Wonderful." While jazz purists balked at these efforts, no one could deny that in any genre, Vaughan had one of the greatest voices in the business.

Send in the Clowns - A Live Performance by the Legendary Jazz Vocalist Sarah Vaughan

In the late 1960s, Vaughan returned to jazz music, performing and making regular recordings. Throughout the 1970s and '80s she recorded with such jazz notables as Oscar Peterson, Louie Bellson, Zoot Sims, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Don Cherry, and J.J. Johnson. Her recordings of the "Duke Ellington Song Book (1 and 2)" are considered some of the finest recordings of the time. While for many years her signature song had been "Misty," by the mid-70’s, she was closing every show with Sondheim’s "Bring In The Clowns." In 1982, while in her late fifties, Vaughan won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocalist for her album, "Gershwin Live"!

Shadow of your Smile - Sarah Vaughan

While she continued to work without the massive commercial success enjoyed by colleagues such as Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, and Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan consistently retained a special place in the hearts of fellow musicians and audiences alike. She continually performed at top venues, playing to adoring sell-out crowds well into her sixties. Remarkably, unlike many singers, she lost none of her extraordinary talent as time went on. Her multi-octave range, with its swooping highs and sensual lows, and the youthful suppleness of her voice shaded by a luscious timbre and executed with fierce control, all remained intact. In 1990, at the age sixty-six, Sarah Vaughan passed away. Shortly after her death, Mel Torme summed up the feelings of all who had seen her, saying "She had the single best vocal instrument of any singer working in the popular field."

Sarah Vaughan Live in Sweden in 1958 and 1964


Sarah Vaughan [Musica Jazz] (Musica Jazz 1944)
Time After Time (Drive Archive 1944)
Lover Man [Musicraft] (Musicraft 1945)
The Man I Love [Musicraft] (Musicraft 1945)
The Divine Sarah (Mercury 1946)
It's You or No One (Musicraft 1946)
Tenderly (Musicraft 1946)
Time and Again (Musicraft 1946)
One Night Stand: The Town Hall Concert 1947 [live] (Capitol 1947)
In Hi Fi (Columbia 1949)
Sarah Vaughan in Hi-Fi (Columbia/Legac 1949)
I'll Be Seeing You (Vintage Jazz 1949)
Perdido! Live (1953) (Natasha 1951)
Hot Jazz (Remington 1953)
The George Gershwin Songbook, Vol. 1 (EmArcy 1954)
Swingin' Easy (EmArcy 1954)
The Divine Sarah Sings (Mercury 1954)
Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown (Verve 1954)
Sarah Vaughan [Emarcy] (EmArcy 1954)
The Gershwin Songbook (Mercury 1954)
The Rodgers & Hart Songbook (EmArcy 1954)
Tops in Pops (Mercury 1955)
With John Kirby and His Orchestra (Riverside 1955)
In the Land of Hi-Fi (EmArcy 1955)
The George Gershwin Songbook, Vol. 2 (EmArcy 1955)
Sassy (EmArcy 1956)
Linger Awhile [Columbia] (Columbia 1956)
At Mister Kelly's (EmArcy 1957)
Sarah Vaughan Sings Great Songs from Hit... (Mercury 1957)
The Irving Berlin Songbook (EmArcy 1957)
Recorded Live (EmArcy 1957)
Misty (Mercury 1958)
No Count Sarah (EmArcy 1958)
After Hours at the London House (Mercury 1959)
Great Songs from Hit Shows, Vol. 1 (Mercury 1959)
Great Songs from Hit Shows, Vol. 2 (Mercury 1959)
Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin, Vol. 1 (Mercury 1959)
Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin, Vol. 2 (Mercury 1959)
Dreamy (Roulette 1960)
The Singles Sessions (Roulette 1960)
After Hours [Capitol] (Capitol 1961)
Star Eyes (Roulette 1962)
You're Mine You (Roulette 1962)
Lonely Hours (Roulette 1963)
Sarah Slightly Classical (Roulette 1963)
Sarah Sings Soulfully (Roulette 1963)
Sassy Swings the Tivoli [live] (Mercury 1963)
Live Guard Sessions (1963) (Jazz Band 1963)
Vaughan with Voices (Mercury 1964)
Viva! Vaughan (Mercury 1965)
Sarah Vaughan Sings the Mancini Songbook (Mercury 1965)
Pop Artistry of Sarah Vaughan (Mercury 1966)
Sassy Swings Again (Mercury 1967)
Jazz Fest Masters [live] (Scotti Bros. 1969)
Time in My Life (Mainstream 1971)
With Michel Legrand (Mainstream 1972)
Live in Japan, Vol. 1 (Mainstream 1973)
Live in Japan, Vol. 2 (Mainstream 1973)
Send in the Clowns [Columbia/Legacy] (Columbia/Legac 1974)
Sarah Vaughan & Jimmy Rowles Quintet (Mainstream 1975)
More Sarah Vaughan from Japan Live (Mainstream 1976)
I Love Brazil (Pablo 1977)
How Long Has This Been Going On? (Pablo 1978)
The Duke Ellington Songbook, Vol. 1 (Pablo 1979)
The Duke Ellington Songbook, Vol. 2 (Pablo 1979)
Copacabana (Pablo 1979)
Send in the Clowns [Pablo] (Pablo 1981)
Crazy and Mixed Up (Pablo 1982)
Gershwin Live! (Columbia 1982)
The Mystery of Man (Kokopelli 1984)
The Best of Irving Berlin (Mercury 1985)
Billy and Sarah (Lion 1985)
The Explosive Side of Sarah (Roulette 1985)
In a Romantic Mood (Mercury 1985)
The Mancini Songbook (Mercury 1985)
My Heart Sings (Mercury 1985)
Sarah Vaughan at Mr. Kelly's (Mercury 1985)
Sarah Vaughan at the Blue Note [live] (Mercury 1985)
Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin (Mercury 1985)
Brazilian Romance (CBS 1987)
Close to You (Mercury 1990)
Songs of the Beatles (Atlantic 1990)
Sassy at Ronnie's [live] (Jazz House 1991)
1963 Live Guard Sessions (Jazz Band 1994)
Benny Carter Sessions (Capitol 1994)
After Hours [Columbia Special Products] (Columbia 1995)
Live in Chicago (Jazz Hour 1995)
Sings Broadway: Great Songs from Hit Shows (Verve 1995)
Lover Man [Collector's Edition] (Collector's 1997)
Sings George Gershwin (Verve 1998)
Linger Awhile: Live at Newport and More (Pablo 2000)

Source: PBS, Soul Walking (UK), and the Music is Over.