JazzTimes Magazine writes that Canadian jazz vocalist Angela Verbrugge "possesses a winsome, brightly-burnished, pliable voice, with ample emotional intelligence, considerable song-writing skills, and conspicuously good taste.” Angela recorded her debut album featuring a New York City-based piano trio, and released it through Gut String Records in 2019. Toronto Music Report described, “Verbrugge addresses each song with the breathtakingly, absolutely natural and unaffected purity of her voice… her material sounds magical.”
The album debuted at number one in jazz on iTunes-Canada. CBC Canadian National Radio host Laila Biali remarked, "There's so much joy in delivery.” Wall Street Journal-writer and acclaimed author Will Friedwald writes in his liner notes that Verbrugge possesses, "a vocal sound that's full of depth and nuance - welcoming the light without denying the existence of the darkness” and that she works with a “top-drawer arranging crew and cast of expert musicians”.
Angela was one of the youngest theatre-program graduates from Toronto’s George Brown School of Performing Arts after a youth spent active on the arts scene of her birth city, Kingston, Ontario. Growing up, she studied classical piano, played trombone in high school band competitions and acted in many productions. She relocated to Vancouver in 1997 and to Victoria in 2019. After having three kids (now teens) and three brushes with death (drowning, car accident and cancer), she followed her passion to jazz by curating her own musical education through mentorship and private lessons with world-class musicians in Vancouver, New York and Los Angeles.
Angela is primarily inspired to perform jazz standards, songs from the swing era, bebop, and contemporary material within those genres. As a lyricist, her work has received critical acclaim. “She is a witty songwriter, drawing on Cole Porter, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Johnny Mercer for inspiration and rapid-fire rhymes, occasionally resembling a less vinegary Dave Frishberg.” (JazzLives)
She has appeared at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and at many North American jazz clubs and venues. Her trios have included such acclaimed musicians as Ray Gallon, Cameron Brown, Anthony Pinciotti, Neil Swainson, Miles Black, Cory Weeds, Paul Rushka, Julian MacDonough, Joe Poole, Bernie Senensky and Terry Clarke. Angela’s recordings have received critical acclaim from radio/podcast hosts across the globe, receiving airplay on CBC Saturday Night Jazz, Hot Air, NPR, popular jazz programs the U.S., South America, Europe and Asia, charting on both Earshot and JazzWeek. Her originals have received coveted premiere features on JAZZIZ, JazzWeekly and JazzTimes.