Preview: Marlene VerPlanck's spring tour




The singer returns for her annual spring tour visiting 14 venues, including some of her favourites, across England and Wales during March

New-York-based singer Marlene VerPlanck begins her annual spring tour with a performance in the Netherlands, at Rotterdam’s Cosmic Surf Club on 26 February. After this one-off Dutch date she travels to the UK and an opening night at the Chichester Hotel in Essex.

VerPlanck (pictured right) began her career as an anonymous singer on radio and television advertisements for various products including Campbell’s soups. She soon established herself as an interpreter of the Great American Songbook, producing over 20 albums under her own name. Her 2016 album, The Mood I’m In, was recorded in London with a quintet of British musicians - John Pearce (p), Mark Nightingale (tb), Andy Panayi (saxes), Paul Morgan (b) and Bobby Worth (d) - and drew a five-star review from Downbeat.

Tour dates are as follows:

March:

Wednesday 1 - Chichester Hotel, Rawreth near Wickford
Friday 3 - The Verdict, Brighton
Sunday 5 - Ronnie Scott’s, London (with John Pearce, Paul Morgan, Bobby Worth and Mark Nightingale) Wednesday 8 - Concord Club, Eastleigh
Saturday 11 - Essendon Village Hall, Essendon
Tuesday 14 - Treorchy Rugby Club, Treorchy (with the Dave Cottle Trio)
Wednesday 15 - SWBBS Whitehead Sports & Social CLub, Bassaleg, Newport (with the Capital City Jazz Orchestra)
Thursday 16 - Folkestone Jazz Club, Shorncliffe, Folkestone
Monday 20 - King’s Head, Bexley
Tuesday 21 - Marlow Jazz Club, Marlow
Wednesday 22 - Bonington Theatre, Arnold Leisure Centre, Nottingham
Sunday 26 - Wesley Hotel, Alcocks Green, Birmingham (with the MYJO Big Band)
Tuesday 28 - Annie’s Jazz Club, Thorpe Hall Golf Club, Southend-on-sea
Wednesday 29 - JW3, Finchley Road, London

For more information and venue contact details go to Marlene VerPlanck’s website.

Bruce Lindsay


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