"...with a vocal sound that’s bright and optimistic and also full of depth and nuance - welcoming the light but without denying the existence of the darkness. ...I for one, am glad that the door opened and Angela Verbrugge came through it."
- WILL FRIEDWALD
Music writer (The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Playboy), author of nine books including Jazz Singing, and the award-winning A Biographical Guie to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers. He is a curator for Apple Music.
"The Night We Couldn't Say Good Night" is such a satisfying and solid musical statement. I love the singing, the material, the arrangements, and the band! The duet on "Interlude" ("Night in Tunisia") with pianist Ray Gallon is especially memorable."
- MIKE RUD
Juno-award winning Montreal-based jazz guitarist
"I had the good fortune to assist somewhat in the arranging process for her debut album, and was impressed with Angela's creative impulses. She shines a new light on some classics, while presenting some challenging and often humorous original material. As a vocalist, Ms Verbrugge's acting skills clearly bring forth the lyrics in an engaging way".
- MILES BLACK
award-winning jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer, composer (http://www.milesblack.com/)
"...a fine vocalist and an engaging performer who communicates a song's lyrics to the audience."
Retired Arts Reviewer, Vancouver Sun
"I had the pleasure of playing Vibraphone with Angela. She has a warm, honey-hued sound and phrases so beautifully! In addition, she is a great composer, and she writes songs that are both unique and fun to play."
Vancouver-based drummer and vibraphonist
"Angela's exuberance and warmth are qualities that you can count on when hearing her sing! It's always a pleasure to hear her interpretations of standards and her inventive way of finding music that is less explored, as well."
Jazz vocalist and pianist
"Angela is a strong up-and-coming talent on the Vancouver vocal jazz scene. She has stage presence that surpasses all of her contemporaries. In her hands every song becomes a story. And just when you think you've heard it all she pulls out her trombone and blows her audience away. Every show of hers is a ton of fun."
- ROD MACDONALD
Artistic Director/Programmer of the Pats Pub Jazz Series
"Angela is a warm and engaging performer with an impressive collection of classic tunes. Her voice is clear and warm, and she is as gracious off stage as she is on."
- KATE HAMMETT-VAUGHN
Jazz Vocalist, Vocologistt, Member of the Ntl Asso of Teachers of Singing and the Pan-American Vocology Assoc.
"Angela has a very sweet voice, nice range, sings all the right notes... excellent singer.
- ANTHONY PINCHIOTTI, NYC DRUMMER
"Since I began working at The Sylvia Hotel early in 2017, Angela Verbrugge has always been one of the guests’ favorite musicians. She is a beautiful singer with an adaptive style that suits any style of night, event or holiday. Angela caters her performance to the whole crowd and has a nice balance of humor, fun and interaction. She performed on Valentine’s Night with some softer ballads but also brings an upbeat groove on our busy Lounge nights. Angela, and the different bands that she works with, are always early and quick with set-up and tear down…and very mindful of the surrounding space. She has helped us improve our guest numbers in the Bar & Lounge thru her own Social Media pictures and spiels…and our Sales have risen because of this help. In conclusion, I am amazed at the overall value and utility that Angela has brought to The Sylvia. She brings an ease of professionalism that is hard to find and the guests and staff love her!!"
-RYAN HOLMBERG, F&B DIRECTOR, THE SYLVIA HOTEL ON APRIL 12, 2018