Copy this code to your website to display this banner! Since her debut in 2004, Vaughnette's rich, earthy jazz vocals have been making audiences sit up and take notice…and she’s been developing quite a fan club, too! She is recognised for her haunting delivery of some of the most timeless jazz standards and confesses that when she discovered jazz, she knew she had found a “home”.
Hailing from South Trinidad, Vaughnette’s professional entry onto the jazz circuit came at the 2004 Steelpan & Jazz Festival (formerly Pan Royale) as guest vocalist with Len “Boogsie” Sharpe and Phase II Pan Groove.
For three consecutive years she graced the stage at the San Fernando Jazz Festival, appearing with Carlton Alexander’s Coalpot Band. Also at that Festival, audiences would have been treated to her leading the chorus line for world-renowned Botswanan flugel horn player, Socca Moruakgomo.
Vaughnette has trained and continues to perfect her craft with some of the finest local and foreign vocal coaches and musicians. The list includes Cristiana Balbosa and Jessel Murray (Trinidad), Howard Rees (Toronto), jazz legend Dr. Barry Harris, Hank Jones and vocalist Sheila Jordan. She currently studies with the esteemed Ms. Donna Mc Elroy of Berklee College of Music.
Closer to home, Vaughnette has worked with some of Trinidad and Tobago’s most celebrated jazz musicians: Carlton Zanda, Theron Shaw, Raf Robertson,
Ray Holman, Sean Thomas and Ron Reid. Topping her list of most noteworthy performances to date is her smoldering centre-stage solo act at the YWCA’s “Sisters in Song” - a Caribbean jazz concert featuring local greats like Mavis John and Chantal Esdelle and being the guest vocalist to the band Earthsound at Ryles Jazz Club in Boston.
Vaughnette remains an active member of the US-based International Women in Jazz (www.internationalwomeninjazzz.com) .When she's not spinning her magic on stage, she can be found performing duties as an Occupational Safety and Health practitioner with a major oil company. She is also a student of BerkleeMusic online. In 2008, Vaughnette was one of the few students from the Caribbean to be awarded a scholarship by the Berklee College of Music to study at their Summer Performance Program. She was one of the featured vocalists at the Summer Program's Singers Showcase held at the Berklee Performance Center.
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Dear Vaughnette, I thought I had responded to you but I see I didn't. Anyway thanks for the love gave me. Now it's my turn. Girl, you can sing. Wonderful, crisp and smooth and warm tones and the execution and control is flawless. I just loved listening to your renditions. Such a beautiful voice and spirit to go with it. What a blessing to my ears. Keep the music flowing. Lorree Slye
Peace sister, you are inspiring, it is always as much about the spirit as it is the music and you are gifted by the Divine with both. I recorded with Raf some years ago for his Sacred Rhythms CD, I hope karma is good to me and I have the pleasure to work with you one day. Until then Peace
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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