Angela Hagenbach | Poetry of Love

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Poetry of Love

by Angela Hagenbach

A Singer-songwriter with a caressing, lush, contralto voice, an extraordinary range with razor sharp intonation, excellent phrasing, a singular style and improvises with hip intelligence and an innate interpretation of the lyric.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Tell Me All About It
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6:57 album only
2. I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me
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3:38 album only
3. Bittersweet
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7:20 album only
4. Never Let Me Go
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6:27 album only
5. Dark Dreams
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4:44 album only
6. Blues Are Brewin'
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8:02 album only
7. I've Got You Under My Skin
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5:03 album only
8. You Keep Calling Me
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5:22 album only
9. Watch What Happens
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6:16 album only
10. It Might As Well Be Spring
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Angela Hagenbach

Kansas City singer/songwriter, "Angela Hagenbach, is one of those rare jazz vocalists who finds more in a song than the composer penned. Certainly more than one finds on the lyric sheet. Like Sarah Vaughan or Shirley Horn, Angela Hagenbach inhabits a song, and breathes new life into her carefully selected material. "Poetry of Love" is the answer to the question, 'Where have all the great jazz vocal records gone?'" writes Mark Bacon Producer/Host, Jazz After Dark and Pan American Rhythms, KRVS 88.7 FM, Lafayette & Lake Charles, LA.

In October 2003, Hagenbach toured Brazil with SRO concerts in Rio de Janeiro and Ilhabela where she previewed selections from her latest recording, Poetry of Love, due in stores, January 20, 2004. This star-studded disc features jazz legends Clark Terry and Jimmy Heath. Also appearing are Russell Malone, James Williams, Don Braden and others, along with her HOT Latin Jazz ensemble. Poetry of Love is now available at

Singing everything from swinging straight-ahead Jazz Standards, Blues, and original compositions to sensual rhythmic Latin Jazz, Angela was praised by Cadence Magazine and JazzTimes for her "...Immediately appealing voice and razor sharp intonation." Her 2001 Grammy nominated national debut, Weaver of Dreams, garnered three stars from Downbeat Magazine, and was an immediate radio success. Weaver of Dreams shot to number five on the Gavin Jazz Chart in just six short weeks.

Her professional music career was launched in 1990; by 1994 Angela released her critically acclaimed recording debut Come Fly with Me on Amazon Records®. Scott Yanow of LA Jazz Scene, described it as "Full of rhythmic fire." Showcasing her Latin side, Angela released Angela Hagenbach HOT Latin Jazz in 1995. "...There is nothing more beautiful than a mixture of styles. To our delight, Angela Hagenbach Hot Latin Jazz does it with assurance, taking advantage of every moment," praised Sergio Mielnizenko, Producer of NPR's Brazilian Hour. Patricia Meyers from JazzTimes applauded Feel the Magic, Angela's 1997 release, "She possesses an extraordinary range, excellent phrasing and a singular style." She also won rave reviews for her theatrical debut when she co-starred in Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies, presented in 2002 by The Theater League of Kansas City.

As a fashion model, Angela graced international runways and appeared in countless television and radio commercials and print advertisements. Hagenbach's talent again placed her on the international stage. Angela was twice chosen to represent the United States as a Jazz Ambassador to the world under the auspices of the United States Information Agency and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her world tours included performances and workshops throughout Africa in 1998 and in Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Oman, Uganda, Ethiopia, India, Thailand and Malaysia in 2000. Festival performance highlights include opening for Ray Charles in France at the 2001 Jazz in Marciac and A Tribute to Louie Armstrong in 2002, with Laurent Filipe and the Cultur Porto Big Band to a SRO Porto, Portugal crowd.

For more information please contact AH Entertainment, Inc.:
MARIAH VAUGHAN, Artist Management
816-891-0759 or 816-891-8971 (fax)


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Karle Robinson

her best piece of work to date
As a disc jockey, I have to preview and review lots of music, some good and unfortunately some not so good. Poetry of Love has been a pleasure to not only review but to play on the air. It has something for everyone. If like you like saultry soul, it's there. If you like good old plain straight ahead jazz, it's there. If you care for latin jazz, it's there.
Bottom line, Poetry of Love is a big hit, I get a lot of requests for it to be played and rightfully so. If you have been looking for love in all the wrong places, then take a look or in this case a listen to Poetry of Love, and I'm sure you'll find it.

franky the genius

You gotta love it!
I love Angela's treatment of Brazilian tunes even complicated ones by artists like Djavan, she takes it where I bet he wished to take it.

Ruben Tejada

Wow ! Makes me fall in love again.
This lady is hot.Poetry of Love takes me back to Nancy Wilson and the swing of a cool nite in that jazz club U.S.A. I got it and listen to it over and over. All the time taking me to that other place, hearing it and always focusing on on her mood of the jam! GET IT NOW ! You will not turn it off !


A song stylist with a unique, individual sound
My introduction to Angela Hagenbach was the current "The Way You Make Me Feel." It's a pleasant album that suffers somewhat by "overproduction," with the orchestra and instrumental work at times competing with, rather than complementing, Hagenbach's singing. As a result, when she manages to make her own voice heard the she sounds somewhat forced and mannered, less than natural and totally confident. Now that I've listened to her earlier work, I realize that it's unfair to compare her instrument with that of a Sarah Vaughan or Nancy Wilson. That's simply not her game. But when she's in control, with the music and program completely subservient to her strengths and musical conception, the result is far more satisfying, doing greater justice to both the singer and the song. On the albums I've heard on CD Baby she sounds more "connected" with her material and has me digging the song no less than its interpreter. As for "Poetry of Love" I'd rate it 5 stars for the artist and program but no better than 4 stars for the parts where the producer feels compelled to use a cheesy synthesizer or vocal harmonizations (overdubbing?). Like the late Shirley Horn, all that she requires is an empathetic piano trio to sound her best.