BIO of Denielle Bassels
Toronto born Indie-swing chanteuse Denielle Bassels is a rising star on the Canada jazz scene. Her whimsical brand of music is a caravan of jazz manouche, blues, folk, with a tinge of pop, all wrapped in an innovative and scintillating package. Already an award-winning artist for the song "Cool Cool Water" from her 2017 album What About Wool Wishbags, Bassels garnered the Grand Prize in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Competition, for Jazz, and as well, she was Finalist in the JLSC for the originals "Catch'er And She Gone" and "Dreamer" the Toronto-based Denielle Bassels and her Quintet have been entertaining audiences in venues all over the GTA, and are building a reputation.
A commanding stage presence and swinging band immerse you in her stories, drawing inspiration from the early 1920's to the modern day., she seamlessly connects the familiar tropes of swing, blues, and folk in a way thats fresh, exciting and alluring. While it's tempting to make comparisons to Amy Winehouse, Corrine Bailey Rae, even Billie Holiday, the enchanting, bewitching Bassels has got an impressive sound all her own.
“There is something about the imaginative way Bassels thinks, crafts and creates that is all her own. 2017 has been blessed “ -Dani Elwell, Jazz FM 91.1
Denielle’s music career was launched when a dream sent her crossing the sea to Switzerland as an Au Pair with the goal of finding herself and purpose. As serendipity would have it, her charge (A little boy named Osvaldo) took drum lessons at Lausanne’s prestigious jazz school, Ejma. There she discovered Europes thriving Jazz scene and was recruited into her first Jazz combo after singing a rendition of “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewilderd” in an underground jazz cavern.
“These musicians I played with were real Django type players. They’d take all their equipment to abar that had no band scheduled and would just set up without asking anyone. If thepatrons liked the music they could stay - we always stayed!”
Denielle then went on to perform all over Europe including the Cuilly and Lausanne Jazz Festivals in Switzerland, and Le Caveau des Oubliettes in Paris. However, she yearned for a deeper foundation to create from. She returned home to Toronto, hired a vocal coach, and started formal music training at Humber College. Since graduating with her Bachelors in Music, Denielle and her band have graced the stages of many of Ontario’s most prestigious jazz settings, including The Old Mill, Hugh’s Room, Lula Lounge, and the Jazz Bistro. She has performed countless festivals such as the TD Jazzfest, Beaches Jazzfest, Niagara Jazz Festival, and Belleville Hot Docs Film Festival, and over the years has held residencies at Gate 403, 120 Diner, La Rev, and is a regular feature on Jazz 91.1 FM’s renowned “Jazz Safari’s”. In March 2018 she toured to Quebec and performed all sold out shows at some of the top clubs in the region including Diese Onze, Katacombs, and Upstairs.
Denielle has recently teamed up with Toronto violinist and producer (Jill Barber) Drew Jurecka on her new album “Poppies in Bloom” funded by the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for The Arts.
Bio - Band
Denielle Bassels is an exciting Toronto artist who will “Stop you in your tracks” - Juliet Dunn, Artistic Director of TD Niagara Jazz Festival. Bassels’ band merges the swingin’ carefree sounds of 1930’s Parisian jazz, with the dreamy modern folk and blues landscapes of today. Their music is fresh and exciting, and infuses a sense of whimsy and romance likened to cinema verité and film noire. The group contains the exceptional talent of some of Toronto’s finest rising stars, including: Andy Mac (guitar), Andrew Scott (drums), Scott Hunter (upright bass) of Jackie Richardson’s “Soul Pepper” and new member Drew Jurecka on violin.
The group met at Humber College back in 2011 while studying music and have been playing together ever since. Their chemistry is clear, and their camaraderie on stage is immediately engaging and endearing.
“Bassels has a winning combination here: a strong, clear voice, great stage presence, along with a tight rhythm section, forceful gypsy-jazz-influenced guitar, and expressive clarinet and tenor sax.” Brett Delmage, ottawajazzscene.ca
Together the band has played jazz festivals across Ontario such as the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, Kensington Jazz Festival, Harbourfront’s Hot and Spicy Jazz Festival, Merrickville Jazz Festival, Brantford Jazz Festival, Barrie Jazz Festival, and Port Credits Southside Shuffle amongst many others. They just recently headlined at the TD Niagara Jazz Festival in Niagara on the Lake. and perform regularly around Toronto at venues such as The Jazz Bistro, 120 Diner, and La Revolucion. Launching from Lula Lounge on February 8th of 2017, they released the full-length album “What About Wool Wishbags” to critical acclaim. Bassels has recently joined forces with Jill Barber Producer Drew Jurecka for her Canada, Ontario and Toronto funded album “Poppies In Bloom” set to release in Spring of 2019.
Denielle Bassels - Vocals
Drew Jurecka - Violin/Clarinet
Andy Mac - Guitar
Scott Hunter - Upright Bass
Andrew Scott - Drums