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

Marlene VerPlanck

 

Marlene's Latest CD Now Available!

Marlene's latest CD, I Give Up, I'm in Love, is now available, and here are some early raves:

"Marlene VerPlanck is truly an incredible singer. And not only that, she has just given us an incredible album, "I Give Up, I'm In Love". When it comes to her choice of songs and the way she sings them, there's nobody better." -- Johnny Mandel

"I love your voice, taste and choice of songs! You have probably rescued more great songs than anyone else I can think of. Know that I adore you personally and professionally."
With love -
Michael Feinstein

"Never dated and always an inspiration, Marlene Ver Planck is a clarion call for taste, savvy and pristine vocal purity in a disintegrating morass of declining musical values. Polished and beautiful to listen to, she is always full of surprises and lives up to her high standards with finger-snapping panache. She is something of a marvel." --Rex Reed

“I Give Up, I’m In Love” is a solid piece of work, with an eclectic choice of standards and would-be standards..." -- Doug Boynton, Girlsingers.org

"A world class vocalist, with world class musicians." -- Frank Wilner, Voices in Jazz

" VerPlanck does a fabulous job of selecting superb songs that are either new, undeservedly neglected or standards that are not overdone. She is in fine voice." -- Joe Lang, New Jersey Jazz Magazine

Please visit the discography page for more information!

 

 

My new CD, "I Give Up, I'm in Love" is now available. Here's what Johnny Mandel has to say about it:

"Marlene VerPlanck is truly an incredible singer. And not only that, she has just given us an incredible album, "I Give Up, I'm In Love". When it comes to her choice of songs and the way she sings them, there's nobody better." -- Johnny Mandel

Don't miss my CD Release Party:

Saturday, Dec. 27 - CD Release!
Jazz @ Kitano,New York's hottest new jazz club!
66 Park Ave @ 38th St., NYC
Easy street parking and terrific food!
Reservations a MUST! 212-885-7119. 8 and 10 p.m.
Tomoko Ohno, Jay Leonhart, Ron Vincent
$30.00 cover

New UK Trip Raves!

Marlene VerPlanck Charms at the Crazy Coqs

"Way back, Pizza on the Park was the go-to place for sophisticated jazz and cabaret. Not anymore. It’s long gone. Now, Crazy Coqs, set deep below Piccadilly and furnished in the kind of Art Deco style that makes you think the Great Gatsby (or possibly Leonardo Di Caprio himself) could walk in any minute, has become the new haven for classy performers who relish its close-to ambience. And for punters who think the same.

"The diminutive songstress Marlene Verplanck was always at home in Pizza on the Park and has built a UK fan-base through her continuing visits here; this week she’s making her debut at Crazy Coqs (she's there through to Saturday 22 March). Happily for those who know her work, her mix of Great American Songbook swingers and plaintive paeans to unrequited love remains both beguiling and yes, life-enhancing. She stands still, is never histrionic, and picks unhackneyed songs by great composers, concentrating on letting the lyrics do their work, telling stories, and allowing us to relish their value. And all with a smile on her face." --Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise Magazine, March 21, 2014
Read entire review.

Ballads… Mostly – Marlene Verplanck at The Crazy Coqs

"Though this is the first appearance by Marlene Verplanck at The Crazy Coqs, she is no stranger to London. Her superb jazz styling of material, always first-class and occasionally offbeat, recalls Blossom Dearie or Peggy Lee, though she has a distinctive approach with some effective gliding octaves plus crystal-clear delivery doing justice to the lyrics. Her current programme includes three numbers each from Irving Berlin and Cy Coleman, with Berlin’s lovely ballad ‘I got lost in his arms’ given its movingly emotional weight, and a number from Call Me Madam, ‘The best thing for you’, prompting a deliciously swinging arrangement. The Coleman selections include two hit-parade numbers that he wrote with Carolyn Leigh, ‘Witchcraft’ and ‘Rules of the road’, plus the rarer ‘Why try to change me now?’" -- Tom Vallance, classicalsource.com, March 18, 2014
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Sally Evans-Darby finds Marlene VerPlanck’s Ballads…Mostly set at Crazy Coqs, London to be stamped with the singer’s signature warmth and grace

"After enjoying a happy afternoon at one of Marlene VerPlanck’s lunchtime concerts at Ronnie’s last year, I was keen to catch her again on her annual sojourn in the UK. This time she was making her debut at Crazy Coqs, a new cabaret spot beneath Piccadilly Circus currently boasting an impressive programme of classy performers, including Christine Bovill and Claire Martin. The circular art deco cabaret room itself sports an impressive mirror ceiling that belies the room’s modest size, and tables and chairs are arranged fan-like around the small red-curtained stage, with even the furthest seat against the back wall feeling up-close and personal. Walking into the venue is an uncannily transportive experience; you are immediately plunged into another era.

"Such transportive qualities are the ideal setting for Ms VerPlanck’s music, which with its themes of longing and wistfulness invites the listener to reminisce about times gone by (particularly her melancholic reading of Jack Segal’s noir ballad I Keep Going Back To Joe’s) - but Ms VerPlanck’s communicative powers go far beyond mere nostalgia. For one thing, her delivery is anchored firmly in the present: each song has an immediacy about it, as if its sentiments have occurred to her in the moment, while her two excellent accompanists (John Pearce, piano and Paul Morgan, bass) follow her lead. -- Sally Evans-Darby, Jazz Journal, March 2014
Read entire review.

Read more raves here.

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 22, 2014