More than a vocalist

Since the turn of the century David has hosted The Jazz Scene on Kansas Public Radio and, in 2010, he became a regular featured performer on 12th Street Jump, public radio’s weekly jazz, blues and comedy jam. His latest venture is the syndicated radio show: Jazz Alive Overnight. David Basse’s ninth recording, The Hero and the Lover… is a culmination of over 40 years of living a life dedicated to jazz, and is an expression of his powerful and undying love of art and music. David continues to travel in support of his new recordings and to speak publicly on the merits and musical heritage of Kansas City.

Recent & upcoming releases

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Live at Pilgrim Chapel

A collaboration with long-time associate, pianist Joe Cartwright, this upcoming CD flaunts its swinging, bluesy KC roots while embracing the intimacy of a duet. The result is at once personal and accessible – heartfelt and toe-tapping. Download Like Jazz for free and listen in!

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The Hero and the Lover…

In his latest release, The Hero and the Lover, David effectively incorporates both jazz and blues. His New York band for this recording includes veteran bassist Curtis Lundy, pianist Richard Johnson, saxophonist Stacy Dillard, and drummer Neal Smith. Carol Duboc and Bobby Watson appear as special guests on the album’s title cut.


David on the Radio

12th Street Jump

Public Radio's weekly jazz, blues, and comedy jam, recorded live from 12th Street in Kansas City, where Basie tickled the ivories and Big Joe Turner shouted the blues. Each week we celebrate the birthday of a jazz or blues great with topical sketch comedy, improvs and some great live music. “An urban/jazz Prairie Home Companion.”

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Jazz Alive Overnight

Every night, you are invited to experience David Basse’s unique blend of jazz and related music on his new syndicated radio show, Jazz Alive Overnight. The show features latest releases and the occasional sound clip from well-known or up-and-coming artists, plus the most complete history of American music available on radio. David’s rhythmic vocal style complements the music and enhances the listening experience as he shares stories from his vast knowledge of the genre. Join us nightly for great music, all night long on Jazz Alive Overnight.

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12th Street Jump

Public Radio’s weekly Jazz, Blues, and Comedy Jam, recorded in Kansas City, where Basie tickled the ivories and Big Joe Turner shouted the blues. This week we celebrate the music of Toots Thielemans, with special guest Randy Weinstein. Come along for great food and drink and be part of the show!

Wed, April 22 at 7:30 pm
Broadway Jazz Club
3601 Broadway
Kansas City

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Smoky Hill River Festival

The David Basse Orchestra play Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Smoky Hill River Festival — the midwest’s premier arts festival. For family-friendly fun, it’s hard to beat the Smoky Hill River Festival. Set on the banks of the Smoky Hill River in Oakdale Park, “the Festival” takes place Thursday through Sunday on the second full weekend of June each year.

 June 11–14
Oakdale Park
730 Oakdale Drive
Salina, KS

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New York Jazz Tour with David Basse

Join Jazz vocalist & radio host David Basse and other Jazz fans, in New York City for great music, food and fun times.

July 8–12  (4 nights)
Lots of events, clubs and jazz tours
New York City

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North Coast Brewing Co.

Come celebrate David’s birthday at the finest jazz venue on the North Coast! Performance time to be announced.

Saturday, November 14
444 North Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA

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Get in touch

David can be reached by phone at 913‑642‑5491, or by email using the form below.