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Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990)
street sign at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, New Jersey. 
Courtesy, Penny Colman Collection


At an early age, Sarah Vaughan began taking piano and organ lessons. By the time she was twelve years old, she was singing in the choir and playing the organ at Mount Zion Baptist Church. Vaughan attended the Arts High School in Newark. In 1942 she won the Apollo Theater amateur-night contest. She went on to become a world famous jazz singer and pianist. In 1989 Vaughan received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990 she was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame. 

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