Marlene VerPlanck is a stellar voice on the jazz scene. Millions of people first heard her crystal-clear voice anonymously, on radio and television, when she espoused the merits of dozens of commercial products.
She got her start in the big-band business, as a very young vocalist with Charlie Spivak and Tex Beneke. In time, Marlene became one of the nation's busiest studio singers, backing up vocalists ranging from Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme to Kiss.
Following appearances on Alec Wilder's historic National Public Radio series, “American Popular Songs,” in the 1970s, Marlene emerged as a leading solo performer. Appearances at Carnegie Hall, Michael's Pub, and the Rainbow Room brought rave notices, and national TV shows, including “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Today Show” and CBS's “Sunday Morning,” featured profiles of the increasingly popular singer.
Today, Marlene performs across North America and much of Western Europe, while a growing roster of her solo CDs continues to win critical acclaim.
Established with a bequest to the Westfield Memorial Library Foundation, the Weiss Family Jazz Series commemorates longtime library patrons Joseph and Dorothy Weiss.
On Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. the Library will present another popular program: Coloring for Adults. This is the chance to spend two unhurried hours with a coloring book, regardless of your level of artistic talent.
The coloring patterns the library provides are geometric, intricate, abstract, and designed to appeal to adults. Coffee and tea are also provided. No need to register, just stop in.
The programs are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check the library’s website to see if your library participates.). To register, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908-789-4090 option 0.
Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information call 908-789-4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”