Verena McBee: "Porter meets Weill"
"Porter meets Weill" -
- American & German Broadway Delights with the Verena McBee Trio" is featuring the works of Cole Porter and Kurt Weill.
As a native German Ms McBee will treat you with some Weill-tunes written for the expressive theatre world of Brecht in her mother language and put them into context with Broadway-favorite Cole Porter.
As two contemporaries in one program, it will be fascinating to hear back to back, what both giants brought to Broadway with their different cultural and musical backgrounds, but so often similar topics.
Verena McBee will take you back into the booming time of the entertainment business of the 30ies and 40ies with her refreshing interpretations & improvisations as a jazz artist.
Verena McBee was born and raised in Northern Germany.
At age 7 she took piano lessons over 15 years and added the flute at age 14.
In 1993 she studied classical music for teaching. With her acceptance at "Schule fuer Schauspiel" in Hamburg in 1997 she changed to acting.
Between 2000-2006 Verena appeared in Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, Cologne, Brussels, Prisdina and NYC.
In 2007 she moved to NYC and expanded her musical variety by studying jazz vocals.
Since 2009 Verena has performed with the likes of George Cables, Victor Lewis, Cecil McBee, David Kikoski, Mark Soskin and John DiMartino.
"Verena McBee is a powerful and very expressive singer with a wide range...She displays strong scatting abilities and sensuous interpretation. Her 2nd album is a superior showcase for Verena McBees musical talents."
(CD Review to U-Phoria, 2nd album by Verena McBee).
Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist/Historian/Author)
"A surprise happening ...was the unscheduled appearance of McBee's wife Verena. Her voice is lyrical and expressive. Her artistic impulse is right."
John Paul Keeler, Hudson-Catskill Newpapers/NY)
"Verena Gemsa (maiden name) shows that she can interpret Kurt Weill."
Sabine Leucht, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Munich/ Germany)
Photo by Janis Wilkins
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Seating at Pangea is communal. Other guests may be seated at the table. There is a $20 per person food and beverage minimum at the tables. Guests may order dinner in the music room once it opens at 9PM
Seating for the show begins at 9PM. Its recommended to arrive no later than 9PM if you intend to order dinner.
Late arrivals will be seated at managements discretion.
Downtowns intimate supper-club Pangea is the ultimate in alt, playing home to some of the best in alt cabaret. The New York Times recently called it a bohemian oasis not unlike the fabled Maxs Kansas City from days gone by."
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