Angela Verbrugge is a vocalist becoming more and more active on the west coast of Canada's vibrant music scene. She performs jazz standards, tunes from old musicals, and traditional pop music of the Great American Songbook. She delights in finding forgotten gems. She has a passion for re-interpreting big-band arrangements of jazz standards for quartets.
Angela is a vocalist committed to what Tony Bennett calls “America’s classical music”, and backs up her collaboration with band members by having strong music theory skills of having studied classical piano and played in big bands in high school. Angela can be heard performing at various venues around Vancouver including restaurants, clubs, hotels, corporate events, art galleries, swing dances, and outdoor city events.
She works with a variety of talented musicians to tailor each performance to the client's needs and budget (past ensembles have included Dan Reynolds, Sharon Minemoto, Mike Allen, Geoff Claridge, Craig Scott, Paul Rushka, Tom Arntzen, Nino DiPasquale, Steve Smith, Biil Piggott, Jamie Croil, Steve Smith, Kristian Braathen, Wynston Minckler, Michael Wagler). When she performed a gig with former Vancouver Sun arts reviewer and drummer Marke Andrews' band, Marke wrote: "...a fine vocalist and an engaging performer who communicates a song's lyrics to the audience." She founded a group called verBrugge - vintage jazz with verve, specializing in the WW2 era popular music that is popular during Remembrance Day events.
Angela studies vocal jazz privately with several acclaimed jazz singers in Vancouver. Jennifer Scott wrote, "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." Kate Hammett-Vaughn wrote, "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."
She 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 on the arts scene of 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.
She knows hundreds of jazz standards and loves “old-timey” music. After having three kids (now 13, 11 and 9) and three close brushes with death, (car accident, drowning and cancer), she brings a certain maturity to the stage. Audiences comment on how they enjoyed her stage presence, 1940s inspired singing style, and witnessing her sheer joy of performing this music. Audiences also love it when she brings her trombone out on the occasional tune.
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.