1960, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Hagenbachs parents, Leslie and Emma Jean Washington were musicians: he played tenor saxophone, clarinet and flute professionally with Kansas City dance bands at clubs and dancehalls; she played piano and organ and also sang. With a large family to support, her father and mother had to work mostly outside music although they insisted on all their children learning to play piano, as well as an instrument of choice. Their seventh child, Angela, chose the trombone, which she played for 14 years, intending to become a professional musician. For a while, she played funk with garage bands but then chose a career as a fashion model. In 1986, Hagenbach turned to singing and after a brief spell with a Kansas City gospel choir, she achieved marked popularity in the Midwestern states offering musical performances that were well suited to the smooth jazz audience.
Inspired initially by hearing recordings by Sarah...