"...She may be the most accomplished interpreter of popular material performing today..." 
The New York Times

Marlene VerPlanck


Don't Miss This Date:

Thursday, December 3
Marlene returns to Birdland, 315 W. 44., NYC Thursday, Dec 3rd for the 6 p.m. show. Reservations a very good idea, tel: 212 581 3080.  




Latest UK Raves!

By Keith Prior

"Atop the appropriately named Steep Hill in Lincoln, close by the city's magnificent cathedral, is Stokes Collection Cafe, where the great American singer Marlene VerPlanck recently entertained her audience with an evening of popular song.
With the excellent John Pearce Trio backing her, VerPlanck covered some of my favorites, including Oh, You Crazy Moon and Sleigh Ride in July, by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen; and Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane's Too Late Now, which she recorded a cappella in 1989, on her CD A Quiet Storm." -- Keith Prior
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"Leon Nock sees US singer Marlene VerPlanck at Ronnie Scott's, on her 26th UK tour and enjoys two hours of the most potent magic since Merlin gave up his day job."--Leon Nock, Jazz Journal Int'l, April 2015

"VerPlanck has a remarkable clarity of tone and diction to her singing, putting love and passion - as well as great understanding - into he lyrics." -- Mark Smith's blog, Swansea


From John Toogood, Radio Lincolnshire, March 21, 2015

The delightful, charming and wonderfully talented Marlene Verplanck made her Annual visit to the United Kingdom this month, and stopped off during her busy 18 date tour schedule to play at The Collection Cafe/Bar in Danes Terrace, last Friday to perform for Lincoln's Jazzpac, and what a triumph the evening was for all of us. Like opening a tin of your favourite chocolates on Christmas morning, this very experienced singer had us all wanting her to open our much loved 'Quality' confectionary song and perform it in her own unique, effortless way.

Her voice, timing, choice of songs, and delivery were immaculate, as one would expect from someone who has spent a lifetime working in the music industry with the likes of Tommy Dorsey, Mel Torme, Perry Como, and as one of the backing singers on Sinatra's 1980 recording Trilogy with arrangements by Don Costa, Billy May, and Gordon Jenkins. Her oeuvre has centred on Big Band Jazz, and she made her debut solo album in 1955 to critical acclaim. Her choice of numbers to reflect her career was pure quality, as she included many rare gems from The Great American Songbook, along with show numbers from the pens of Lerner & Lowe and Stephen Sondheim. -- John Toogood, Radio Lincolnshire, March 21, 2015
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Latest Raves for I Give Up, I'm in Love

From Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene

"In every setting, Marlene VerPlanck shows that she has not lost a thing through the years. She excels at both the standards (such as “The Way You Look Tonight” and “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was”) and the lesser-known tunes which includes two Stephen Sondheim songs plus “I Love The Way You Dance,” “So Long My Love,” “Sleigh Ride In July” and the debut of the Morgan Ames/Johnny Mandel title cut. While she mostly sticks to the words and the melody, she also scats a little, swings a lot and consistently displays the ability to place notes perfectly. Although one can imagine each of the composers and lyricists of these songs loving these performances, those who enjoy jazz-inspired singers will also find much to savor." -- Scott Yanow
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From John Hoglund, for Cabaret Scenes, April 10, 2015

"The difference between a technically savvy jazz singer blithely phoning in her stuff and a natural, serious jazz/swing artist who takes the whole package to another level, is exemplified by Marlene VerPlanck. What is, perhaps, most special about her is her lack of exhibitionistic bravado. That alone is refreshing.... She approaches a song with gusto and defiantly swings into the mood with a grace and a style that is too rare in today’s crazed music world. As always, she remains at home with the classics and, thankfully, shows no sign of slowing down. Without sounding too formal, she respects the songs’ melodic details and renders lyrics almost with the enunciation of a polished recitalist—fronting a big band." -- John Thurgood
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From Don Albert, artlink.co.za, February 20, 2015
Setting the vocal pace for 2015

"Too often the jazz scribes only look at the latest and newest female vocalist on the scene and they ignore many of the excellent jazz singers still around, especially in New York. One of my favourites Marlene VerPlanck comes to mind. She has a splendid voice and range, every note is in tune and her enunciation is perfect. One of her strong points is her respect of the lyrics. I’ve just received her latest album named I Give Up, I’m In Love (on Audiophile ACD-347) which is filled with wonderful songs, some might not be familiar but you’ll soon warm to them." -- Don Albert
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From Dee Dee McNeil, Ambassador Magazine, Spring 2015

Persons of Interest
M'mm M'mm Good

Marlene (Pampinella) VerPlanck grew up in Newark, NJ., where her family owned one of the Garden State's most successful Italian restaurants - Biase's Restaurant. She learned to cook Italian dishes from her mom, Pauline, who was a master chef. But while cooking was a joyful hobby, it wasn't VerPlanck's passion. Music is what touches her heart.
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Billy's Scholarship Fund Update

Scholarship Fund Concert Sunday, November 9, 4 p.m.
Marlene meets Scott Robinson and the saxes at William Paterson University, Wayne NJ
Reserve now! box-office@wpunj.edu or 973-720-2371

For more on the scholarship fund, visit Billy's Page.

See Marlene on YouTube!

Check out several videos of her performances here.

This site last updated November 23, 2015