Somewhere (West Side Story) Album Release

General Admission: $25
May 31
7:00-9:30 PM
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Hermann’s, a classic old school jazz club in the heart of downtown Victoria offers attendees the best in Canadian and international jazz. We boast the perfect spot for a date night or meet up with friends/family. You’ll find candlelit tables, a full cocktail/food menu, a baby grand piano, professional sound and lighting.

On Friday May 31st we present one of the busiest jazz vocalists in Canada for the release of her third album, “Somewhere”. The project, recording in Vancouver comes out on May 17th on prestigious jazz label, Origin Records (USA). It collects romantic and playful jazz standards interpreted in a classic 1940s/1950s style.

Dazzling New York City-jazz pianist Ray Gallon, who played on the album joins charismatic Canadian vocalist Angela Verbrugge to take you on a trip back to the golden age of the silver screen and on-stage musicals like West Side Story, Singin in the Rain, Sound of Music, and hits from the musicals that featured talent like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. Enjoy the timeless sound of the Great American Songbook, and be introduced to Verbrugge’s own modern day lyrics based on this classic style. Ray recently released an album with the most recorded bassist in jazz history, Ron Carter, called Grand Company, on Cellar Records. Ray will share some thrilling instrumentals from his project as well.

“One superb song after another; Verbrugge’s voice is now surely one of the most beautiful in the lyric soprano range.” Raul da Gama, That Canadian Magazine

“Verbrugge possesses a winsome, brightly burnished, pliable voice, ample emotional intelligence, considerable songwriting skills and conspicuously good taste!” Andrew Gilbert, JazzTimes

“It would not be surprising if some of Angela’s songs become standards in the future. Highly recommended.” Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Journal

“Gallon is commanding, poised and witty,” Downbeat Magazine.

“Ray Gallon is a pianist with a rich and complex musical vocabulary. filled with technical proficiency and emotional depth as well as a unique artistic voice.” All About Jazz

About the Band:

Canadian jazz vocalist Angela Verbrugge – 2020 JazzTimes Readers’ Poll for Best Female Vocalist – infuses passion and emotion with each beautiful note. The charismatic singer / composer / lyricist spent the last three years touring across Canada, Europe, the UK, Turkey, and Japan. She is a witty and romantic lyricist drawing favourable comparisons to the likes of Cole Porter and Dave Frishberg. Angela’s originals rooted in the classic sound of 1940s and 50s vocal jazz are paired with cohesive arrangements of favourite and lesser known jazz standards.

Joining Angela on her 2024 tour dates is acclaimed New York City bebop pianist Ray Gallon. Mentored by John Lewis, Hank Jones and Jaki Byard, Gallon has been a mainstay on the New York scene for forty years performing with luminaries such as Ron Carter, Lionel Hampton, Les Paul, Art Farmer, Benny Golson and backing artists like Sweets Edison, Dizzy Gillespie, Jane Monheit, Sheila Jordan, and Joe Williams. The ensemble’s sound blends perfectly to create a close-knit chemistry to realize interpretations of classic vocal and instrumental jazz standards as well as original material in a timeless style.

A professional jazz bassist and teacher for over 35 years, Ken Lister has played, recorded and toured with some of the top musicians in the jazz world, playing on two Juno Award-winning recordings; one with Hugh Fraser’s Quintet (Best Mainstream Jazz Album – 1997), and another with Phil Dwyer’s Orchestra (Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year – 2012). Having started his career in the Vancouver music scene in the 1980s, Ken now lives on Vancouver Island, teaching and performing with many great local musicians. He maintains a connection with the Vancouver scene, which often finds him playing with visiting greats from New York City and elsewhere.

Graham Villette has been playing music professionally since the age of 15. He earned a Masters’ Degree in Jazz Performance from The University of Toronto after completing a BA in Jazz Studies at Vancouver Island University in 2017. Having grown up on Vancouver Island, Graham is an active member of the music community as both a freelance musician and bandleader where you’ll hear him at leading BC venues including Hermann’s, Frankie’s, leading jazz series and festivals. Over the years, Graham has shared the stage with Cory Weeds, Joe Magnarelli, Akiko Tsuruga, Tony Genge, Ryan Oliver, John Lee, Rick Kilburn, Ashley Wey, and Kinga Hemming. He is frequently found performing with the John Lee Trio.


Date and Time: On Fri, 31 May 2024 19:00 – 21:30

Venue details: Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street, Victoria, British Columbia, , Canada

Artists: Angela Verbrugge, Ray Gallon, Ken Lister, Graham Villette

Destination Greater Victoria is honoured to be based on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples of the Songhees Nation and the Esquimalt Nation, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.