Angela Verbrugge is a Canadian west coast-based jazz vocalist, lyricist and composer who "possesses a winsome, brightly-burnished, pliable voice, ample emotional intelligence, considerable songwriting skills, and conspicuously good taste" (JazzTimes). "Angela gives singers like Lorraine Feather a run for their money with her witty lyrics"(JazzWeekly).
In 2019, Angela was invited to release her debut record in 2019 on Gut String Records (NYC) with piano trio backing from three veterans of the NYC Jazz scene: Ray Gallon (Lionel Hampton, Joe Williams, Chaka Khan), Cameron Brown (former Jazz Messenger, Sheila Jordan regular voice-bass duo partner) and Anthony Pinciotti (Stacey Kent, Dr Lonnie Smith). Raul de Gama at Toronto Music Report describes, "
"Her voice is both innocent and sultry and has a playfulness that takes audiences on a journey," writes Neon Jazz. CBC Saturday Night Jazz played Angela's debut release shortly after it debuted at Number 1 for Jazz on iTunes Canada, and Laila Biali described: "There's so much joy in her delivery. You can just hear the smile in her voice."
Award-winning vocal jazz history author, Wall Street Journal writer Will Friedwald describes it as having a, "top-drawer arranging crew and cast of expert musicians", noting that " with a vocal sound that's full of depth and nuance - welcoming the light but without denying the existence of the darkness".
She works with a variety of talented musicians to tailor each performance to the client's needs and budget with the highest level of care and professionalism. Past ensembles have included Ray Gallon, Cameron Brown, Nick Apivor, Buff Allen, Sharon Minemoto, Mike Allen, Geoff Claridge, Craig Scott, Paul Rushka, Tom Arntzen, Nino DiPasquale, Paul Rushka, Ron Johnson, Jesse Cahill, Kristian Braathen, Wynston Minckler to name a few. She also founded a trad jazz and 40s swing group called "verBrugge - vintage jazz with verve", specializing in the WW2 era popular music that is popular during Remembrance Day/Veteran's Day events and for dances.
After having three kids (now 14, 13 and 11) and three close brushes with death, (car accident, drowning and cancer), she brings a certain maturity to the stage her interpretations, perhaps from her life experience alongside her theatrical training. At only twenty years old, Angela was one of the youngest graduates in the history of one of the top-rated Canadian performing arts college, George Brown School of Performing Arts (Toronto), after a youth spent active playing trombone in the high school band, classical piano at recitals and acting in children's musicals and touring productions in her hometown of Kingston, Ontario. As an actor, Angela has performed in productions of plays ranging from Tennessee Williams to Judith Thompson, short films to children’s musicals, and short films and even was a featured extra in a scene in Blues Brothers II shortly before the car accident that left her with two broken legs and forced her to leave acting at the time.
Angela performs jazz standards, tunes from old musicals, and traditional pop music of the Great American Songbook and original contemporary music within the genre. She delights in finding forgotten gems. She has a passion for re-interpreting big-band arrangements of jazz standards for quartets.
George Harris at Jazz Weekly sums it up, describing, "<Angela Verbrugge, on various songs on the album, is>, "fun and quirky, hip and a hoot, wispy and romantic; she slithers and oozes, and cleverly swings... in the Archie Comics of life, this lady is a bubbly Betty."
Modern day vocalists that inspire Angela include: Sophie Milman, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Tony Bennett, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Roberta Gambarini, Champian Fulton, Diana Panton, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Madeline Peyroux. Vocalists from the past that inspire Angela include: Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Blossom Dearie, Peggy Lee, Dinah Shore, Julie London, Chris Connor, Mel Torme, Dinah Washington, Helen Merrill, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Anita O'Day, Della Reese, June Christy, Billie Holiday, Keely Smith and Kay Starr.