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Singer DENIELLE BASSELS’ vocal skills have been described  as ‘Julie London meets Amy Winehouse and Ella Fitzgerald’, and her music equated to that of Koop, Nouvelle Vague, and Nina Simone, but although influenced by jazz giants, her sound remains her own — romantic, modern, and unique.

Bassels began her musical path after a dream sent her seeking a new life, one that led her to the alpine air of Lausanne, Switzerland working as an au pair.   It was at a nearby jazz school where the little boy she looked after took music lessons that Denielle met the teachers, students, and artists who would introduce her to the jazz scene and the European music culture. At a jam session at the Hotel De Ville, an untrained Denielle sang a rendition of Ella Fitzgerald’s “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered”, and quickly caught the attention of the musicians who would then make up her first jazz combo.

After making a name for herself as a vocalist and performer, Bessels turned her attention to songwriting. Her original song “Cool Cool Water” won Grand Prize in the International John Lennon Song Competition, while five others were awarded finalist honors.   Most recently, grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council provided funding for last year’s release of her first full-length album “What About Wool Wishbags”), a whimsical volume of original music set in scenes of swing, indie, folk, and blues.

This evening’s singing star DENIELLE BASSELS features JULIEN BRADLEY COOMBS on guitar and SCOTT HUNTER on bass, entertaining in the up-close-and-personal ambience of the Home Smith Bar.

Singer DENIELLE BASSELS’ vocal skills have been described  as ‘Julie London meets Amy Winehouse and Ella Fitzgerald’, and her music equated to that of Koop, Nouvelle Vague, and Nina Simone, but although influenced by jazz giants, her sound remains her own — romantic, modern, and unique.

Bassels began her musical path after a dream sent her seeking a new life, one that led her to the alpine air of Lausanne, Switzerland working as an au pair.   It was at a nearby jazz school where the little boy she looked after took music lessons that Denielle met the teachers, students, and artists who would introduce her to the jazz scene and the European music culture. At a jam session at the Hotel De Ville, an untrained Denielle sang a rendition of Ella Fitzgerald’s “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered”, and quickly caught the attention of the musicians who would then make up her first jazz combo.

After making a name for herself as a vocalist and performer, Bessels turned her attention to songwriting. Her original song “Cool Cool Water” won Grand Prize in the International John Lennon Song Competition, while five others were awarded finalist honors.   Most recently, grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council provided funding for last year’s release of her first full-length album “What About Wool Wishbags”), a whimsical volume of original music set in scenes of swing, indie, folk, and blues.

This evening’s singing star DENIELLE BASSELS features JULIEN BRADLEY COOMBS on guitar and SCOTT HUNTER on bass, entertaining in the up-close-and-personal ambience of the Home Smith Bar.