When Dianne Reeves met Sarah Vaughan

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Thursday March 31, 2016

From NJTV News

Jazz Great Sarah Vaughan Gets Immortalized on Forever Stamp
By: Maddie Orton

It’s a tremendous tribute in small packaging. In a first day-of-issue stamp dedication ceremony at Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall ‘” part of Newark Symphony Hall ‘” Newark-born Vaughan became the seventh artist immortalized in the U.S. Postal Service’s Music Icon Series…

…The ceremony included performances by jazz vocalist Carrie Jackson, the New Mount Zion Baptist Church Choir (of which Vaughan was once a member) and Tony-winner Melba Moore.

It also featured tributes by Vaughan fans like Grammy-winner Dianne Reeves, who recalls meeting, but not recognizing her idol backstage.

‘There was this woman sitting on the sofa minding her own business. I walked over to her and I said, ‘hi’ and she said, ‘hi.’ She said, ‘What’s your name?’ and I said, ‘Dianne Reeves’ and she said, ‘What do you do?’ and I said, ‘I sing,’ And she says, ‘Well, who do you listen to?’ and I said, ‘Sarah Vaughan’ and she said, ‘Really?’ I said yeah and I started telling this woman all about Sarah Vaughan and how she sang this song and that song,’ she said.

To read the full article and watch video clips of the ceremony click here