Angela Verbrugge - Love for Connoisseurs

Angela talks about her second vocal jazz album, Love for Connoisseurs. She released the album on March 25th, 2022.

Angela Verbrugge, cropped and edited for the Rhythm Changes Podcast (Love for Connoisseurs)
The original photo for this episode comes from Angela Verbrugge's website.

On the Rhythm Changes Podcast, Angela Verbrugge talks about her second vocal jazz album, Love for Connoisseurs. She released the album on March 25th, 2022. Here in BC, where she has lived for 25 years, she performed in support of the album at Frankie’s in Vancouver, Hermann’s in Victoria, and Char’s Landing in Port Alberni before embarking on a Canadian tour.

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Angela's band for those BC dates was Miles Black on piano, Ken Lister on bass, and Buff Allen on drums. On her album, you’ll hear Miles as well as Jodi Proznick on bass, Joel Fountain on drums, and Dave Say on saxophone.

We talked about:

  • Why Dave Frishberg keeps coming up on the podcast (Wild Blue Herons, Carman J. Price)
  • Growing up in Ontario and not having exposure to jazz until she played trombone in the high school band, plus finding musicals in an anachronistic place
  • Angela’s punniest title
  • My favourite tracks on Love for Connoisseurs
  • Getting inspiration from Frankie’s gigs; Angela moved from Vancouver to Victoria in the last couple years, but as you might imagine, Frankie’s linked her to some of the contributors from New York on this album
  • Getting permission from Harold Mabern to do something
  • Collaborating with Neal Miner and his label, Gut String Records
  • How people in BC perceive salmon versus how people in Angela’s home region of Ontario perceive corn (maybe we do it here too, thanks to Chilliwack’s corn production)
  • What it means to be a connoisseur of something: Angela has lots of great examples, including a bizarre one involving socks
  • Running the Jazz in Victoria Facebook group and how that has helped her independent music promotion in BC
  • Karin Plato appreciation
  • Caity Gyorgy’s role on the project; she has a credit as the associate producer (plus David Sikula appreciation)