ABOUT: Jersey CI's favourite Wedding, Corporate & Event Musicians
In 2003, Jules Wakeham & Carole Le Gresley met at The Blue Note.
They love playing music together, and share a passion for Jazz, 1960s Pop & Bossa Nova...& now they're celebrating 20 years of making music in Jersey!
Both full-time professional Musicians, Jules & Carole each have over 35 years of experience performing live music in Jersey and overseas.
Jules - Tenor Saxophone
'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 is Jersey's finest and most accomplished jazz musician. Beginning his career in London in the 1990s, Jules became a highly regarded saxophonist on the London jazz scene. He performed at prestigious venues including Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London's Savoy Hotel, The Royal Festival Hall, The 606 Club, Harvey Nichols (Knightsbridge), and headlined to standing ovations at the Cafe de Paris in Piccadilly.
A self-taught saxophonist, Jules has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Alaska, Holland, France, Belgium, Spain and Denmark. He toured the Alaskan seas while leading a Jazz Quartet on the Cunard cruise ship 'The Crown Dynasty' in the USA, and was invited to join the BB King Band in LA. In 2004, Jules appeared as a musician in the film 'Shoreditch', alongside Shane Ritchie & Joely Richardson.
Jules has performed with the 'who's who' of the British and International jazz scene, including: Alex Garnett, Willie Garnett, Tim Armacost, Mel Martin & Frank Griffith (saxophonists) - Leon Greening, Mike Gorman, Jim Watson, Richard Busiakiewicz, Kate Williams (pianists) - Carl Orr, Colin Oxley (guitarists) - Ron Mathewson, Matt Miles, Andy Cleyndert, Orlando le Fleming, Dave Chamberlain, Tim Dawes (double bassists) - Matt Skelton, Milo Fell, Bill Eyden, Matt Fishwick (drummers) - Enrico Tomasso (trumpeter).
'Julian Wakeham is an avid jazz fan and a great tenor saxophone player.'
Alex Garnett, sax legend, interviewed on BBC Radio 3's 'Jazz Lineup' Show.
'As a composer & arranger myself, I found the creativity & energy in Julian's arrangements a joy...An accomplished musician, Julian is a valuable asset to Jersey - I'm most impressed.'
Tony Coe, saxophone player of 'The Pink Panther' theme & Jazzparr Prize Winner
Jules is renowned for the beautiful sound that he produces on the sax, 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 studied classical guitar and piano as a child. She won numerous awards, including the Junior Music Cup at Jersey College for Girls, and as a competitor in the Jersey Eisteddfod. Her first professional residency was at The Stanneylands Hotel, Wilmslow, Cheshire, performing to the stars of Coronation Street and Manchester Football Club.
Carole has performed at many high profile events, including the Official Launch of the Ford Galaxy and the BBC Antiques Roadshow Crew Dinner, the visit of composer Tony Hatch & The Jersey Boat Show. She has also taught guitar for the Jersey Arts Centre & Highlands College in Jersey.
In 2016, Carole was contacted by the production team at Sky Art TV's 'Guitar Star' show. Carole was asked to audition for the show. As filming ran from March to July, it clashed with her much-valued gig commitments, so Carole couldn't take part but was thrilled to be asked!
'I loved the music you played'
Tony Hatch, Composer & Judge on ITV's 'New Faces' Talent Show
Since 2003, Jules and Carole have played thousands of gigs together in Jersey, including long-term residencies at St Brelade's Bay Hotel, The Grand Hotel and The L'Horizon Hotel. Their Bossa Basseline Duo is always in demand.
Mick - Jazz Guitar
Mick joins us in our Trio & Quartet line-ups. Jersey's finest jazz guitarist, Mick has a long and distinguished career as a live performer in the island and overseas. He has performed alongside many visiting UK stars, including Cilla Black, Ronnie Corbet and Cannon & Ball as part of the Fort Regent House Band. Mick was also a member of the Jack Duff Jazz Band.
Kenny - Percussion & Kit Drums
Kenny has a wealth of experience, performing in Jersey and overseas on international tours. An outstanding latin-jazz percussionist, Kenny also performs on kit drums for Bossa Basseline's Trio and Quartet. He performed for many years with the Rod Plummer Trio in Jersey and on cruise ships.