Barbados' First Lady of Jazz


 

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Darren Duke

 

 

CiCi’s powerful and stunning singing has earned her the title of “First Lady of Jazz” by the Barbados Advocate, a leading newspaper on the island. The list of celebrities who have attended CiCi’s captivating performances includes luminaries such as the late jazz legend Sarah Vaughan and prototypical rocker Mick Jagger.

This sultry and soulful singer has performed at the finest venues in Barbados where she’d been enchanting audiences for over 20 years.  She has recently won a Cornerstone Award at the Barbados Music Awards, and had previously earned a Music Service Award from the Barbados Tourism Authority in 2004 for her contribution to music on the island.

Prior to relocating to Canada for a few years, she performed regularly at the prestigious Sandy Lane Resort with her own jazz band, and she had joined the venerable VSOP Dixieland Jazz Band for a weekly headliner at the Waterfront Café in what had become for many years an island institution for locals and repeat tourists alike.

CiCi has also garnered international attention during performances in St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Mustique, Great Britain, and the USA.

Serious jazz aficionados will recognize the names of jazz greats CiCi has accompanied, including notables such as the late Ernie Small, Ebe Gilkes, Mike Sealy, and the late Vere Gibson.

 

CiCi ("Celestine Austin" in 1986.)
CiCi with the late Ernie Small at the Waterfront Café
1986

 

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