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Denielle Bassels Quintet at Jazz Bistro

Tuesday, February 04 2014, 8:00pm - 11:59pm
Denielle Bassels is a Toronto-born singer, bandleader and songwriter of jazz, blues, and music off the beaten path. Her music career was conceived at the age of 13, when she heard Nina Simone’s “My Baby Just Cares For Me” on the speakers in a crowded HMV store. Since discovering jazz, Bassels has been influenced by singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee and Amy Winehouse. It was when Bassels moved to Switzerland that she fell into performing jazz in clubs. At a Jam one night, she met a band of gypsy players who asked her to improvise to a tune she’d never heard of. “It doesn’t matter, make it up”, they said. And so she did. It was the beginning of many musical adventures. “Sometimes if there were no gigs or after a gig we’d take all? of our equipment to a bar that had no band scheduled and would? just set up without asking anyone,” she recalls. “If the patrons liked the music? we could stay. We always stayed!” Upon returning to Canada, Bassels enrolled in Humber College for the vocal jazz program and have since released an EP entitled “Gypsy Summer”. Her group has performed at jazz festivals and clubs across Ontario, such as the Beaches and Toronto Jazz Festivals, Gate 403, Revival, and the Rivoli. Denielle Bassels is thrilled to make her Jazz Bistro debut. Denielle Bassels: Vocals Jacob Gorzhaltsan: Clarinet, Tenor Sax Andy Mac: Guitar Joe Ryan: Drums Scott Hunter: Upright Bass MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm MUSIC CHARGE $10.00
Location: Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St.
Contact: 416-363-5299


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