The Story behind Bossa Basseline Jazz
In 2003, Jersey-born locals Carole Le Gresley (guitar) & Jules Wakeham (tenor saxophone) met and created Bossa Basseline Music.
Bossa Basseline Music have since performed at over 2,000 events in Jersey. Both full-time, professional musicians, Carole and Jules each have over 30 years of experience in performing live music in Jersey and overseas. Jules and Carole are now married!
Jules - Tenor Saxophone
‘Julian Wakeham is an avid jazz fan and a great tenor saxophone player.’
Alex Garnett, Saxophone Legend and MC at Ronnie Scott’s, interviewed on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Lineup
‘A remarkable musician, Julian would be comfortable playing with any of the named musicians on the International jazz scene. His sense of musicality, timing and general perception is remarkable.’
Lee Konitz (alto sax legend of Miles Davis’s ‘Birth of the Cool’ band)
Jules has been established as a highly regarded saxophonist on the London jazz scene since the early 1990’s. Before returning to Jersey to form Bossa Basseline Music, Jules performed regularly at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, London’s Savoy, The 606 Club, Harvey Nichols (Knightsbridge) and headlined to standing ovations at the Café de Paris, London. A self-taught saxophonist of over 30 years standing, Jules has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Alaska, Holland, France, Belgium, Spain and Denmark. He has performed on Cunard’s cruise-ships in the USA, appeared in the 2004 film ‘Shoreditch’ alongside Shane Ritchie and Joely Richardson, and been invited to join BB King’s band.
Jules has performed with the ‘who’s who’ of the London and International jazz scene, including legendary saxophonist Alex Garnett (MC at Ronnie Scott’s), Willie Garnett, Tim Armacost, Mel Martin, Frank Griffiths (saxophonists) – Leon Greening, Mike Gorman, Jim Watson, Richard Busiakiewicz, Kate Williams (pianists) – Carl Orr, Colin Oxley (guitarists) – Ron Mathewson, Matt Miles, Andy Cleyndert, Orlando Fleming, Dave Chamberlain, Tim Dawes (double bass) – Matt Skelton, Matt Fishwick, Milo Fell, Bill Eyden (drummers) – Enrico Tommaso, Steve Fishwick (trumpet).
Jules is renowned for his sound on tenor saxophone, which our clients have described as ‘audio velvet’.
Carole - Guitar
'Carole plays music from the heart with finesse, integrity and above all taste
regardless of the setting...a true professional.'
Alex Garnett, Ronnie Scott's
Carole was an established solo guitarist in Jersey prior to forming the acclaimed Bossa Basseline Duo with Jules. Trained initially in classical and Spanish guitar, Carole’s first professional booking was a 1987 residency at the Stanneylands Hotel, Wilmslow, performing to the stars of Coronation Street & Manchester United Football Club.
Carole has also performed for the BBC, Ford Cars, Tony Hatch and worked as a session guitarist. Carole teaches both guitar and piano, and has taught guitar for both the Jersey Arts Centre and Highlands College. She has gigged with Alex Garnett of the Ronnie Scott's All Stars (and honorary member of Bossa Basseline) and Steve Rushton (drummer with Imelda May).
Mick – Jazz Guitar
Mick has been established for many years as Jersey’s jazz guitarist of choice. He has a long and distinguished career as a live performer in the island and overseas and he has previously performed for many visiting stars, including Cilla Black, Ronnie Corbet and Cannon & Ball as part of the Fort Regent House Band. He was also a member of the Jack Duff Jazz Band.
Kenny – Percussion & Kit Drums
Kenny has a wealth of experience as a professional drummer in Jersey and overseas, including international tours. An outstanding latin percussionist, Kenny also performs on kit drums for Bossa Basseline. He performed for many years with the Rod Plummer Trio in Jersey and overseas, including performing on cruise-ships.