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Verena McBee
Thursday, January 12, 2017 9:30 PM
Metropolitan Room, New York, NY
  • $25 Food/Bev Min
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Show Details
  • Ticket Price: $24.00 - $115.00
  • Door Time: 9:00 PM
  • Show Type: Jazz
  • Restrictions: $25 Food/Bev Min
Tonight Jazz Vocalist Verena McBee & her Trio will have will have their debut at the METROPOLTAN ROOM with quiet an exciting program covering uniquely arranged favorites out of the Great American Songbook, Originals by Verena & some hit tunes by the popular Septet “The Cookers” composed by bassist & composer Cecil McBee.
On piano you will be the young and outstanding Billy Test 
( )  , on double bass extraordinary Ethan O’Reilly and excellent Jon Di Fiore ( ) on the drum set.
“Cat’s out of the Bag” is more than just another composition by Jazz Bassist & composer Cecil McBee – 
It is stating pure joy of improvising music, the excitement of the musical stage moment, the readiness and bluntness of this jazz group that takes full advantage of expressing their thoughts and emotions with great musicianship at any moment and that ties them together as the talented group they are.
Verena’s lively and authentic singing and storytelling, her unique way of swinging and scatting and her beautiful way of interpreting ballads might keep you surprised throughout the night with its wittiness, depth, moodiness and out of all things: spontaneity.
Enjoy an entertaining event with Verena McBee and her Trio !

“Verena McBee is a powerful and very expressive singer with a wide range. 
Born and raised in Germany, she was classically trained and had a busy career working as an actress.
Since moving to New York in 2007, she has developed into a fine jazz singer and appeared in many venues, generally in the New York area." 
Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist / Historian / Author
(“The Jazz Singers”, “The Great Jazz Guitarists”, “Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76” ) 
Verena McBee
Born and raised in Northern Germany Verena McBee has been always connected to the arts. At age 7 she took piano lessons in her hometown at the Conservatory of Osnabrueck, added the flute at age 14 and at the same time joined a local theatre group. In 1993 she studied classical music for teaching ( piano & flute ) & German language and literature at the "University Osnabrueck" and finished in 1997 

with her first State examination. While studying music in Osnabrueck, she auditioned for acting schools and was accepted in Hamburg at "Acting School Studio O33" in 1997. While studying drama she added vocal lessons (Belcanto) to her program outside the school program.
In the years of 2000-2006 Verena appeared as actress and vocalist under her maiden name Verena Gemsa in Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Brussels, Prisdina and NYC.In 2004 she met her now husband Cecil McBee and moved to NYC in 2007. Inspiried by him and especially the music of Sarah Vaughan Verena started studying Jazz Vocals with several different instructors, amongst them Brianna Thomas and Roberta Gambarini.Since 2009 she's appearing on the NYC scene with originals & her arrangements on Jazz Standards at "Cornelia Street Cafe", "JAZZ at KITANO", "GARAGE", "ZINC Bar",
"The Cupping Room Cafe", "Shrine","Les Pescadeaux", "Nirvana", "5C Cafe", Antibes" and others places  and also performed as guest vocalist w/"Transcendt" - The Cecil McBee Band, Hillsdale/NY and Harpers Ferry/ WV at the "Don Redman Heritage Award"-Concert '14 for and with Cecil McBee ( & Billy Harper) & the 'Howard Burns Quartet'.
She has appeared with David Kikoski & Mark Soskin on piano and also shared the stage as a guest with Cecil McBee, George Cables and Victor Lewis. In January 2013 she produced her Debut Jazz album ( "Can't help it !") with her trio: Billy Test/Piano, Zwelakhe Duma F. Bell du Pere/Double Bass and Brian Woodruff/drums, which was released in September '13 and is available on this website, CD Baby & Amazon.