Vaughnette Bigford

In Trinidad, jazz is an adjective

Reading Time: 1 minuteAbove: Vaughnette Bigford performs at Jazz Artists on The Greens in 2017. Photo by Stuart Patrick, courtesy Production One Ltd.    On the weekend when Trinidad & Tobago’s most popular female jazz vocalist, Vaughnette Bigford hosts her first solo show in the capital Port-of-Spain, Franka and Ardene explore the ‘jazz economy’. Music analyst and concert […]

More chip than breakaway

Reading Time: 3 minutesA review of Michael Boothman’s new EP, Break Away. Originally published in NewsdayTT on February 01, 2018. There haven’t been nearly enough recordings of Michael Boothman’s work on the guitar. Almost four decades ago I wrote, rapt, about the release of Heaven, an album that was deeply in sync with the jazz I was listening […]

Blue Devil onstage with Etienne Charles and band. Photo: Maria Nunes

Etienne and his Devils

Reading Time: 1 minuteIn this special episode of Talk ‘Bout Us, Trinidad & Tobago’s leading jazz musician Etienne Charles talks to Franka about his latest work Carnival – The Sound of a People 2.0, his love of devil characters in Trinidad Carnival and his 2018 Carnival band. Read Franka’s review of the concert here. Subscribe to Talk ‘Bout […]