Angela Verbrugge

Angela Verbrugge

Instrument: Voice / vocals | Location: Vancouver

Angela Verbrugge is a jazz vocalist who 'possesses a winsome, brightly burnished, pliable voice, ample emotional intelligence, considerable songwriting skills, and conspicuously good taste.'

Updated: April 24, 2020

Born: December 27

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.

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”Quirky with a swing! Angela Verbrugge gives singers like Lorraine Feather a run for their money with her witty lyrics on her originals that area mixed with some clever covers. In the Archie Comics of life, this lady is a bubbly Betty.” George Harris, Jazz Weekly

“A perfect album: she makes all of her chosen material sound magical. A gem of a vocalist. beautifully crafted arrangements in beguiling variety and sensuousness. Miss Verbrugge addresses each with the breathtakingly, absolutely natural and unaffected purity of her voice, heard in every lovingly caressed phrase

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