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 with a top NYC piano trio in NYC and released it last year through Gut String Records in New York. Toronto Music Report described, Angela’s “Verbrugge addresses each
The album debuted at number one in jazz on iTunes-Canada. CBC Radio host Laila Biali described, "There's so much joy in
Angela was one of the youngest 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. She relocated to Vancouver in 1997 and to Victoria in 2019. After having three kids (now 12, 13 and 15) and three brushes with death (drowning, car accident and cancer), she followed her passion to jazz by curating her own musical education through mentorship from Miles Black, Jennifer Scott, Karin Plato, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Cecile LaRochelle and Judith Rabinovitch. She also sought out lessons from acclaimed vocalists and musicians including Karrin Allyson, Sheila Jordan, Rebecca Kilgore, and technique master Lisa Popeil.
Angela is primarily influenced by traditional jazz, the swing era, vintage musicals, and bebop. 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.” (JAZZ LIVES)
She has appeared at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and at many jazz clubs such as Frankie’s Jazz Club, Hermann’s and the Rex Jazz Club in Toronto. Her trios have included such acclaimed musicians as Cameron Brown, Anthony Pinciotti, Neil Swainson, Miles Black, Cory Weeds, Paul Rushka, Julian MacDonough, Ray Gallon, Jesse Cahill, Joe Poole, Bernie Senensky and Terry Clarke. Her recording 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.
George Harris at Jazz Weekly sums it up, describing, Angela 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.”