Jazz vocalist Samara Joy is in her early 20s, but her deeply moving take on the standards brings to mind the greats. In 2019, she won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition at NJPAC, and her career took off. We catch Samara in performance at the Bethany Jazz Vespers in Newark and at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater on the eve of her second album release, Linger Awhile, released by Verve.

Producer Susan Wallner, Associate Producer Isaiah McClain. Narrator Dan Gordon, Director of Photography Joe Conlon, Additional Camera Bob Szuter.

Performance footage courtesy The Late Night Series at The Apollo Theater and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). Additional photos courtesy William Gottlieb, Music Division, Library of Congress. Special thanks to Sydney Edwards, Craig Pearce, and Dorthaan Kirk.