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. In 2019, Bassels has joined forces with Jill Barber Producer Drew Jurecka for her Canada, Ontario and Toronto-funded album “Poppies In Bloom”.
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