"...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!

 

 

Latest Raves for "I Give Up, I'm in Love"

From Marc Myers, Jazzwax.com, December 15, 2014

"Marlene has a voice like a great piece of candy. It tastes great from time it hits your ear and continues to enthrall and enchant as the sweetness rolls around inside. Marlene knows her way around a studio mic and how to sell a song with charm and hipness."

"This album is a blast from start to finish, and Marlene's voice has never been more joyfully and warm. Framed by superb musicians, the result is a rare, beautiful treat." --Marc Myers, Jazzwax.com
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From Mark S. Tucker, accousticmusic.com, December 3, 2014

"Good grief, a year has passed and her latest, I Give Up, I'm in Love, is a good deal spunkier than last year's Ballads…Mostly (here). Let's see if Robert Plant can do this same sort of gig when hits that age (hell, he can't even do it now!). I think Marlene discovered that age-reversing grail William Saroyan sought in vain, either that or, as I noted in 2013, she tracked down Ponce de Leon, flirted him to distraction, took a few mouthfuls as he blushed and stammered, then took to her heels so that he never knew what happened, she dashing away giggling. Proof of that is rendered by none other than Johnny Mandel (who newly wrote the title tune with Morgan Ames, the two giving Marlene the first shot at it here), who, upon hearing this CD, said "Marlene is truly an incredible singer". Who better than he would know?" -- Mark S. Tucker, accousticmusic.com
Read entire review.

 

"Marlene VerPlanck is the real deal - she knows both how to sing, how to communicate, how to move us, and how to pull our the loudest applause around.
Highly Recommended." -- Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Top 100 Reviewer Vine Voice, December 2, 2014

 

From Pierre Giroux, Audiophile Audition, December 1, 2014

Here are a few excerpts:

"Marlene VerPlanck is one of those singers who defies characterization although the words under-appreciated or over-looked often come to mind and they do not really do her justice.... However during the past two decades years, Marlene has been reasonably prodigious in releasing albums on a regular basis, and this latest effort I Give Up, I’m In Love is a real jewel and certainly deserves a broad acclamation.

"In this current release, which is composed of a number of well-known standards from the Great American Songbook, and a few lesser-recognized pieces, Marlene gets terrific support from the big band of Glenn Franke and two separate trios, one lead by pianist Mike Renzi, and the other by pianist Tedd Firth with the added accompaniment on several tracks from tenor saxophonist Harry Allen and cornetist Warren Vache.

"In the liner notes, author of Why Jazz Happened ,Marc Myers states the following: “Marlene strives for tonal perfection but never skimps on key ingredients: love and passion.” All this and more is evident in this release." -- Pierre Giroux, Audiophile Audition
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From Marcia Hillman, New York City Jazz Record

A few excerpts:

"Marlene VerPlanck adds to her reputation as a first-rate vocalist with this latest CD, once again choosing her material wisely with a selection of favorites, little-done songs and the first recording of a new tune by Johnny Mandel and Morgan Ames (the title song).

"VerPlanck has always communicated successfully with clear vocal tones, remarkable range, diction and devotion to the lyrics and their interpretation, qualities that have not diminished one bit over the years.

"There are many delightful moments to be found on this album, but notable is VerPlanck's lovely and sensitive rendition of Peggy Lee-Victor Young's Where Can I Go Without You?, Vache adding his special touch with cornet fills and a solo and also heard delivering a swinging solo with the big band on the title track. -- Marcia Hillman, New York City Jazz Record
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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

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 December 16, 2014