BY PATTE PURCELL
Do you love Brazilian jazz, swing and big band? I’d like to introduce you to a very accomplished vocalist, Gretje Angell. Her dulcet tones bring the audience along on a journey with her throughout her performances.
Her main influences are Anita O’Day, Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae. Her sense of rhythm and phrasing – with a pure event tone to match, is inspired by these jazz greats (as she puts it).
Currently she is performing with guitarist and music producer Dori Amarillo who accompanies her on guitar. They are currently finishing up her CD, a 10 song compilation of standard jazz, and old folkloric Brazilian jazz in Portuguese. There is one orchestral piece, recorded with a 60-piece orchestra, and 5 combo pieces, and 4 guitar/vocal duo pieces: titled, In Any Key….
She had previously released a terrific video series with that sexy Brazilian sound including “I Love Being Here With You,” “One Note Samba,” “Love You Madly,” and more, posted on YouTube, they are produced with excellence, both video and sound. You will enjoy the video interaction and become a fan.
She performs with the Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra, a 16 piece big band. He’s orchestrated for many movies including Despicable Me. The music is classic Stan Kenton/Artie Shaw Big Band with world renowned musicians. She claims it sounds just like the recordings of the swing dance music.
She’s started a new gig on Monday nights in Glendale. She plans to use it as an “artists hang out” and industry night for musicians. It’s located at ‘The Famous’.
Gretje is also a professionally trained opera singer, performing in Los Angeles. In 2013, she joined the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera Company and has had the great pleasure of performing Pamina in The Magic Flute, Ilia in Idomeneo, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Tebaldo in Don Carlo, and the Voice of the High Priestess in Aida.
Whether she’s performing jazz or using her beautiful lyric coloratura soprano voice in an opera, Gretje takes the audience on a fantastical journey with each performance she gives.
Gretje lives in Los Angeles and performs nationally and internationally. A purist at heart, and working with the world’s top musicians, has solidified Gretje’s role as the darling of the underground jazz scene – where Jazz is Jazz.
“Gretje Angell’s voice is like honey on velvet.”
Gretje performed at the Celebrity Jazz Jam, here in the desert, and most recently at the 4:20 Jazz Soiree at Venus de Fido. She performs with either a guitarist or a keys player with a subtle flair and sophistication that raises the bar for musical performances at any event.
To contact Gretje for bookings visit her website at http://www.gretjeangell.com/ or contact me to book her for the desert or Temecula at 1-702-219-6777. Gretje brings a polished oh-so-cool vibe to any venue she graces. You will not be disappointed.