This Trinidadian Jazz Singer Continues to Shine

Singer Vaughnette Bigford who explored local classics for he latest album Born To Shine, wants to make jazz more accessible to a younger audience

Vaughnette Bigford is little annoyed. A case of the sniffles is keeping her back.

As a singer, anything that resembles a cold can affect the vocal chords or a performance. She is staving off a sinus attack, which she never experienced until her adulthood. “Zebapique? Nah!” she replied to a suggestion of the bush brew remedy. She was determined to cure the dryness in her throat before her concert to launch her jazz CD Born to Shine at Kaiso Blues Café the next day. (Read the review of Bigford’s launch on page A32)

As a performer, a singer at that, Bigford is prepared for anything. She has been taking to the stage since she was seven, when she sang her first calypso at primary school, and she is not afraid of an audience either. But she admits, hours before a show butterflies flutter in her stomach. “It’s not out of fear but having the best ever concert, about how the songs flow, it’s about how I interact, it’s about the whole thing from start to finish, it’s the product,” she said.

But as soon as she steps on stage the butterflies disappear, leaving her alone with the audience. “It is what it is, it has to flow,” she said. After her shows she takes note of what hiccups have arisen, to ensure that they do not arise at another time.

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