DENIELLE BASSELS

Indie-Swing chanteuse and bandleader Denielle DeLange (Bassels) hails from Toronto ON. Her original music whimsically weaves a caravan of influences from her childhood and travels abroad from folk and blues, to Parisian jazz manouche and swing. Denielle’s original music has been described as “Ella Fitzgerald sipping tea on a rollercoaster with the Mad Hatter”. Denielle’s voice is as pure and rich as her performance style. She will immerse you in her tales.

Toronto-born jazz vocalist and songwriter Denielle Bassels’ career in music began working as an au-pair in Lausanne, Switzer- land. She started singing in clubs to earn extra money to extend her stay and incidentally found herself performing with some of the country’s top jazz musicians. “We’d set up unannounced at a restaurant and begin playing, and if the patrons liked the music we would be allowed to stay. We always stayed!” She performed across Switzerland and France at jazz caves and festivals for two years before returning home to Canada to pursue a deeper education in music and received her Bachelors of Music from Humber College in Toronto. In 2017 she released her debut full-length album of eleven originals“What About Wool Wishbags”, reaching #1 on the iTunes Jazz charts in Canada. Seven of these originals received international awards, including a grand prize in the “International John Lennon Songwriting Competition” for her song “Cool Cool Water”. In 2018 she was a featured vocalist on the studio album “Muse” by Jaymz Bee’s The Tiki Collective, which debuted her original song “Wanderer” alongside performances by Lily Frost, Joanna Mojoko, and The Willows. In June 2023, Bassels released her 2nd full-length original Album “Little Bit a’ Love” to rave reviews and was nominated in 2024 for a June for “Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”.  She is currently getting ready to release her newest album for 2024 funded by FACTOR Canada.

AWARDS:

In 2014 Denielle won Grand Prize in the Jazz Category of the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting competition with subsequent wins as finalist in 2015, and 2016 garnering over $10,000 in prizes. She is the recipient of two generous grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts towards her current album “What About Wool Wishbags”. In 2016 Denielle was awarded a grant from the Ontario Arts Council to study with her mentor Thais Morell in the Bossa Nova style while exploring jazz scenes in France and Spain. Andy Mac (Guitarist) Andy was awarded a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study with Montreal guru Denis Chang. In four months of one-on-one with Chang, Andy transcribed many of his ideas into a comprehensive set of gypsy jazz instructional notes on topics ranging from picking technique and comping to vibrato, bends and tremolo. Andy Mac had been invited to conduct workshops and lectures on the subject of gypsy jazz at Ryerson University, Humber College, McGill University and at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts for the Django in June festival.

PRAISE/QUOTES:

OttawaJazzScene.ca editor Alayne McGregor had this to say: “Probably the biggest surprise at this year’s Merrickville’s Jazz Fest was Toronto vocalist Denielle Bassels.  She was an unknown quantity when she walked onto the stage of the Baldachin Ballroom on Saturday, October 18, but her charisma and her quintet’s swinging music quickly grabbed the audience’s attention.”

“She will stop you in your tracks!” – Juliet Dunn, Twilight Jazz Series / TD Niagara Jazz Festival

“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

“There is something about the imaginative way in which Denielle thinks, crafts and creates music that is undeniably her own. What About Wool Wishbags is a remarkable collection of songs that brings together the past and the future with strong songwriting structures that still leave room for all sorts of adventure. 2017 has been blessed.” -Dani Elwell, JAZZ FM 91.1

“Unique and Fresh!” – Farley Flex, Canadian Idol


Past Shows

DATE: Friday, October 1st, 2021
EVENT: In Your Own Backyard
LOCATION: Secret pop-up location in Port Weller
TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM
TICKET PRICE: Show Only: $49; Charcuterie Box and Show: $69; Dinner and Show: $99 (plus HST on all prices)
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BAND MEMBERS:
Julien Bradley Combs – Guitar
Russ Boswell – Upright Bass

DATE: Sunday, July 29th, 2018
EVENT: JAZZ in the PARK
STAGE: Swingin’ Sunday Stage
ADDRESS: Simcoe Park, Picton St. and King St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
TIME: 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM
TICKET PRICE: FREE * Bring your own lawn chair
BAND MEMBERS:
Drew Jurecka – Clarinet & Violin
Julien Bradley Combs – Guitar
Scott Hunter – Upright Bass
Andrew Scott – Drums