The UK’s Guardian newspaper has called Rigmor Gustafsson “penetratingly delicate, and subtle,” and she continues to establish herself as one of the leading jazz vocalists in Scandinavia.
She has released 9 CD’s since 1997. Three have sold gold in Sweden, the first jazz artist to have that honor since Monica Zetterlund’s 1991 classic Varsamt. Rigmor’s “Alone with You” (2008) won a Swedish Grammy, and “I Will Wait for You” (2003) received The Jazz Award in Germany. In November 2013 she received the most prestigious jazz award in Sweden, “The Royal Musical Academy’s Jazz Award”. Her new CD, “When You Make Me Smile” with piano trio and orchestra, was released in August 2014.
Through the years Rigmor has toured around the globe, mostly with her own trio, but she has also featured in other constellations (Radio String Quartet Vienna, Danish Radio Big Band, The Royal Filharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Jazz Orchestra), and has appeared on a number of TV shows. She has performed twice at celebrations for Crown Princess Victoria: Her Royal Highness’ birthday and the 2010 royal wedding concert, both performances broadcasted live on Swedish National TV. Rigmor also performed at the 2003 Nobel Prize Ceremony, broadcasted on TV in numerous countries.
After moving to New York in 1993, Rigmor started working invarious jazz clubs in the NYC area (Birdland, Smalls, Metronome etc.) Mainly performing with her own quintet, she also performed with a range of legends including Fred Hersch, Reggie Workman, and bassist Avish Cohen, recording alongside Randy Brecker and Bob Mintzer. She returned to Sweden in 1996, formed a quintet, and released her first CD “In the light of day” in 1997. In 2002 she signed with the German record company ACT. Besides performing, she has also taught jazz voice at Sweden’s Royal Academy of Music. When not performing, she enjoys horseback riding and a good book.