What a day - duo voix contrebasse (et machine à écrire)
Photo Didier Goudal

"Here’s a beautifully creative clip of What A Day, a bass and vocal duo made up of Jonathan Joly and Leah Gracie. The band describes their project as a “musical trip through the entrails of the bureaucratic world” of the music industry.

“Closet” features an interesting bass line that evokes imagery of the passing of a work day with a typewriter and a pencil used as percussion instruments."


The unconventional duo What a Day, consisting of upright bassist Jonathan Joly and singer/typist Leah Gracie, are ready for Mardi Gras this year with a cover of the classic song “Mardi Gras Mambo.”

Joly handles all of the harmonic accompaniment with a simultaneous bass line and countermelody on his upright while Gracie leads with her soulful vocals. The result is a fun jam that will get you into the Carnival spirit.

Minimalistic, experimental French jazz-pop lounge duo What a Day has released a new EP, Specimen.

In keeping with the duo’s established style, the music is primarily defined by Jonathan Joly‘s double bass, singer Léah Gracie’s vocals and more quotidian sounds, like adding machine keys being depressed.


Bass and vocal duo What A Day is back with a new video. This time the minimalistic, experimental French jazz-pop lounge duo of Jonathan Joly and Leah Gracie tackle the song “Donyiti Ahla” by Lebanese singer Nora Rahal.

Joly lays down bass and harmony while Gracie sings and uses a typewriter for cool percussion.

The bass/vocal duo What A Day is back with a new song called “Last Calling.” As always, Jonathan Joly and Leah Gracie deliver gorgeous and haunting melodies overtop of Joly’s creative bass work.

The duo of bassist Jonathan Joly and vocalist/typewritist Leah Gracie, aka What a Day, are back with a new cover video. This time they tackle Françoise Hardy’s “Le Temps de l’Amour”.

Joly sets the song up by alternating registers to offer a bass line and intro melody before Gracie’s beautiful vocals enter. The bassist then adds his bow to expand the accompaniment’s tonal palette.