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Tribute to Tony Bennett: Angela Verbrugge Duo

Mon. February 19th 2024 The Club at the R.C.H.A. $20

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Tribute to Tony Bennett: Angela Verbrugge Duo

Vancouver-based Jazz Vocalist and Ray Gallon (NYC Pianist)
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Mon. February 19th 2024 + Add to Calendar The Club at the R.C.H.A. (All Ages)
4:30pm - 6:30pm $20 in advance or at the door

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Angela Verbrugge
Traditional vocal jazz from Victoria BC
Available for Shows/Gigs
Ray Gallon
from New York City New York

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Angela Verbrugge, Vocals (from Vancouver Island)
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Ray Gallon, Piano (from New York City)


With one of the finest jazz musicians from the United States, charismatic Victoria-based (Kingston born and Amherstview raised) songstress Angela Verbrugge has put together a night to pay homage to one of the most distinctive voices of the century. The late great Tony Bennett, one of the masterful interpreters of the Great American Songbook, passed away July 21, 2023. The duo will offer up vocal and instrumental renditions of such classics as “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”, “Cheek to Cheek”, “The Good Life”, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”, and many more from Tony Bennett’s more than 70 albums and releases alongside Angela’s repertoire inspired by Mr Bennett’s interpretations. Angela’s shows in Kingston have sold out… don’t wait to book your tickets for Family Day and enjoy drinks and jaza for a happy hour indeed. RCHA is an intimate, unpretentious and historic venue with overlooking Confederation Basin. Dress up a bit for a jazz date, or come as you are! Free street parking is available since it's a holiday!! Located across from Wooden Heads.

The duo brings original interpretations rooted in the authentic sound of tradition, and thrill of the jazz swing feel to the flowing instrumentation and cohesive arrangement details. Their sound blends perfectly to create a close-knit chemistry evoking classic traditional pop and jazz while also tackling original material in a timeless style.

Angela attended both KCVI and Ernestown. Come support this homegrown talent who has been touring Japan, Europe, UK, and across Canada lately


Angela Verbrugge Bio:

After winning the 2020 JazzTimes’ Readers’ Poll for Best Female Vocalist, Angela has kept a busy tour schedule with performances in Japan, Turkey, Germany, England, as well as across Canada in the last two years. Taking inspiration from vintage musicals, the swing era, blues, and bebop, the Victoria-based vocalist pens original lyrics and compositions in the style of classic standards. She performs these alongside repertoire from the Great American Songbook, such as tunes popularized by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Julie London. Toronto Music Report writes that Angela is “a gem of a vocalist who makes all her chosen material sound magical.”

JazzWeekly describes the former actress as “fun and quirky, hip and a hoot, wispy and romantic; she slithers and oozes, and cleverly swings.” She won competitive grants from the Canadian governments to support the release of her second album, Love for Connoisseurs. Original songs from this project have been featured on leading Spotify editorial playlists. Angela was one of the youngest graduates from Toronto’s George Brown School of Performing Arts after a youth spent in Ontario. She relocated to western Canada in where she left acting and business careers after three near-death experiences in order to pursue music. Angela is primarily influenced by the swing era, vintage musicals, and bebop. She has appeared at many jazz festivals, and top jazz clubs nationally in Canada, Germany, Luxembourg, and internationally such as Pizza Express London (Soho), leading clubs across Japan, the Embassy of Canada in Tokyo, and leading venues in Istanbul. Her trios have included such musicians as Ray Gallon, Cameron Brown, Neil Swainson, Thomas Stabenow, Bernie Senensky, and Terry Clarke.



Ray Gallon, NYC Jazz Pianist

A NYC-native, pianist Ray Gallon has been a mainstay on the jazz scene for over thirty years. Rooted in bebop and blues, his expressive, swingin’ playing melds old and new into a fresh, original style. As a young player, Ray was taken under the wing of piano giants John Lewis, Hank Jones, and ‪Jaki Byard. He has performed at major jazz festivals and venues around the world with such luminaries as Ron Carter, ‪Lionel Hampton, ‪Art Farmer, ‪Benny Golson, George Adams, ‪Les Paul, and ‪Wycliffe Gordon. Ray has appeared at the White House and the Kennedy Center, sharing the stage with jazz legends ‪Dizzy Gillespie, ‪Milt Jackson, Sweets Edison, and Joe Williams. An in-demand accompanist, he has worked with many vocal greats, including Jon Hendricks, ‪Sheila Jordan, ‪Dakota Staton, ‪Gloria Lynne, ‪Jane Monheit and ‪Chaka Khan. Ray's inventive compositions have been recorded by acclaimed artists T.S. Monk and George Adams. His upcoming trio album, Make Your Move, features the stellar rhythm section of David Wong and Kenny Washington. Ray is a full-time faculty member of the jazz program at The City College of NY in Harlem and the Vermont Jazz Center’s summer workshops and has taught at Juilliard and The New School. NYC-native, pianist Ray Gallon has been a mainstay on the jazz scene for over thirty years. Rooted in bebop and blues, his expressive, swingin’ playing melds old and new into a fresh, original style. As a young player, Ray was taken under the wing of piano giants John Lewis, Hank Jones, and ‪Jaki Byard. He has performed at major jazz festivals and venues around the world with such luminaries as Ron Carter, ‪Lionel Hampton, ‪Art Farmer, ‪Benny Golson, George Adams, ‪Les Paul, and ‪Wycliffe Gordon. Ray has appeared at the White House and the Kennedy Center, sharing the stage with jazz legends ‪Dizzy Gillespie, ‪Milt Jackson, Sweets Edison, and Joe Williams. An in-demand accompanist, he has worked with many vocal greats, including Jon Hendricks, ‪Sheila Jordan, ‪Dakota Staton, ‪Gloria Lynne, ‪Jane Monheit and ‪Chaka Khan. Ray's inventive compositions have been recorded by acclaimed artists T.S. Monk and George Adams. His trio album, Make Your Move, features the stellar rhythm section of David Wong and Kenny Washington. Ray is a full-time faculty member of the jazz program at The City College of NY in Harlem and the Vermont Jazz Center’s summer workshops and has taught at Juilliard and The New School.

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The Club at the R.C.H.A.
193 Ontario St.
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