Marc Myers, JazzWax, The Wall Street Journal, author, music historian JAZZWAX (Marc Myers) - ANGELA VERBRUGGE/Love for Connoisseurs (Gut String): Canadian singer Angela Verbrugge recently released her second studio album, Love for Connoisseurs (Gut String). I found her after stumbling across one of her video clips on YouTube, read how hard she's been working, what she's been through and decided to interview her by email. Her new album is so beautiful and original. All 12 songs feature her lyrics to new or existing jazz compositions by modern-day composers. Her vision is to create a new vocal jazz repertoire by collaborating with composers who write innovative, catchy melodies in the style of the classic jazz standards. What a refreshing idea. While Ella, Frank, Bing, Peggy and other legacy artists from the 1940s and '50s remain vital, why should singers keep recording the same old songs when they can create their own. I've been begging singers to kick the dusty songbook habit for years in JazzWax posts. Now it's happening, especially in Canada, as Angela relates in our conversation. Now she hopes others will do the same by trying to create additional "pages" to the songbook and that the new songs will become enduring and that other vocalists and instrumentalists will perform and record them. I'm for that! Read the whole interview on JAZZWAX.

Love for Connoisseurs

Angela Verbrugge

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All twelve songs of Love for Connoissuers feature Canadian Angela Verbrugge's original lyrics to either new or existing jazz compositions by modern-day composers. Her vision for this project was to create new vocal jazz repertoire by collaborating with composers that write innovative, yet catchy, melodies in the style of the classic jazz

All twelve songs of Love for Connoissuers feature Canadian Angela Verbrugge's original lyrics to either new or existing jazz compositions by modern-day composers. Her vision for this project was to create new vocal jazz repertoire by collaborating with composers that write innovative, yet catchy, melodies in the style of the classic jazz standards. Angela listened to thousands of hours of music in jazz clubs and online in order to find and select these songs that would be a fit for both her storytelling style as a lyricist and vocalist. She composed three of her own tunes as well. One song is a French language adaptation of the title track from her first record. The six composers she teamed up with are some of the best bebop-oriented jazz musicians on the scene today: New Yorkers Ken Fowser, Nick Hempton, Ray Gallon, and Neal Miner, and Vancouverites Miles Black and Saul Berson. Angela's dream is that these songs could become enduring and modern additions to jazz standards' songbooks, and that other vocalists and instrumentalists will want to perform these tunes.

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JAZZ LIVES - ANGELA VERBRUGGE/Love for Connoisseurs (Gut String): “Good” is no longer a strong word in the vocabulary of praise. But Angela has good humor, good sense, and good taste, a rare combination. Although she has a deep romantic streak, she is also a hilariously pungent comedian / social critic / swing psychologist. Angela has a remarkably winning voice. She can be wry; she can be somber, but her natural mode is a quirky upbeat lyrical one, a bird perching on one branch before trying another out. She’s not a diva with a four-octave range, but her voice is refreshingly human: she has something to tell us in each phrase and in her clear diction (even at rapid tempos) the message comes through. a genuine expression of a likeable swinging inventive personality. LOVE FOR CONNOISSEURS is head and shoulders above the usual flood of CDs." - Michael Steinman Read the rest on Jazz Lives

The Night We Couldn't Say Good Night

Angela Verbrugge

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The Night We Couldn't Say Good Night

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The above video is a selection of original songs from Album "The Night We Couldn't Say Good Night".  All samples are under 1 minute in length.  

"The Night We Couldn't Say Good Night" (music and lyrics by Angela Verbrugge)  
"I'm Running Late" (music by Ray Gallon, lyrics by Angela Verbrugge) 
"You're Almost Perfect" (music and lyrics by Angela Verbrugge)

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Amazon (USA) search Angela Verbrugge CD Night We Couldn't Say Good Night. Amazon Canada is convenient but the price conversion is too high. 

 

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