Jan 16, 2017It’s jazz three meals a day at my house. Moving into our 5th year of producing the largest single amount of weekly broadcast material for Public Radio Exchange, I am humbled by the sheer volume of recored music that pours through my home studio.
Dec 24, 2016On one of the coldest nights in years, jazz lovers braved the weather to make it out to the Polsky Theatre at JCCC for the second installment in the new Winterlude Jazz Series. The goal of Winterlude is to bring some of the best of Kansas City jazz and world music to audiences, and David Basse and Joe Cartwright, walking encyclopedias of Kansas City’s rich jazz history, were a natural fit.
This concert, entitled My Kansas City, featured music related to and about Kansas City. Some of the charts were hard to place, but that is where Basse’s charm and expertise comes in to play– he knows exactly which artists played the charts, where and when, and more likely than not, he was in the audience when it happened. Most audience members were fans of the two syndicated NPR programs that Basse and Cartwright are associated with, 12th Street Jump and Jazz with David Basse. There was an air of comfort and familiarity, as if we were all just meeting up at a family gathering, hearing tales from older generations…Full article
Feb 24, 2016FROM THE PRESS RELEASE
If anyone embodies the sound and spirit of Kansas City, it’s Joe Cartwright and David Basse. Together and separately, the duo has become known over the past 40 years to represent a jazz musical tradition that began over a century ago. Former Pilgrim Center Board member Kaye Johnson approached David and Joe about performing in Pilgrim Chapel. It seemed a natural place for the two to record a CD. Joe and his wife, Jan, were married in the chapel, the room has a great feel, and the recording would be simple –Joe on a keyboard and David’s vocals. Bob Walkenhorst, Kansas City-based singer, songwriter, musician and painter, recorded the show. Reverend Roger Coleman, recently retired director of the chapel, watched it all come together.
May 23, 2016What a terrific time we all had on the Bass & Basse Do Basie and Beyond East Coast Tour. Thanks to all who helped to make it happen and for all those who came out and joined us. We’ll see you soon!
Feb 24, 2016Looks like I shouldn’t have ordered that third beer…
Feb 9, 2016Drummer Jason Slote, setting the mics for drummer Todd Strait and his KPR recording with Deborah Brown. Photo by drummer David Basse. The hour will be re-broadcast at 9:06 pm Thursday, February 11. You can hear it over at Kansas Public Radio. As drummer Jake Hanna once said, “So many drummers, so little time…”
Jan 5, 2016This is the former Track 10 at Union Station in Kansas City. 40,000 people a day used to pass through this train station. Now it’s a relic, used for special events and to house a Science Museum. Here’s to high-speed rail reviving our anemic economy. In honor of Track 10, here are my top 10 jazz album picks of 2015:
Jan 3, 2016It’s the perfect time of year to take a step back and remember what’s really important. Here’s to a fantastic 2016 to all of you.
Dec 25, 2015The Jazz with David Basse roving studio lands in lovely Jasper, Arkansas. Taking a cue from the practical, no-nonsense locals, a strategically placed umbrella mellows out the acoustics. In a pinch, a warm volcano burger from The Ozark Cafe will also work.
Nov 10, 2015Looking forward to the show with the Dave Bass Trio at the North Coast Brewing Co. on Saturday. Wandering the streets of Oakland we came across this jazz-loving vegan soul food place. Is “vegan soul food” an oxymoron? We’re about to find out.
Nov 3, 2015The David Basse & Joe Cartwright Septet honored Sarah and Landon Rowland with a rooftop re-enactment of Erroll Garner's famous Concert by the Sea. The guys were red-hot once again, the recording of the event sounds great, and we’re thinking of turning it into a hard-swingin’ CD. Stay tuned…
Nov 2, 2015We’ve made a few changes to the Jazz with David Basse programming clock. Segment names are different, and Joe Cartwright’s fantastic piano beds are given the attention they deserve. You can view/download the full PDF here.
Oct 27, 2015Just stumbled upon this photo from 2003. This is one of my favorite places: Delaware Water Gap, PA, and we were taking a break from recording Mike Melvoin's "It's Always You" and my own album "Uptown". Pictured are left to right back row, bassist Steve Gilmore, pianist Mike Melvoin, Phil. Front row drummer Bill Goodwin, yours truly and the great Los Angeles recording engineer Hank Cicalo.
Phil Woods was such a terrific player. During our session, he referred to me as a “MF”, which I’m told is actually a quite a compliment. In that case, Mr Woods, same right back at you. You will be missed.
Oct 25, 2015You know Halloween is approaching when you wake up to find your trash has been ransacked and your aunt’s old sewing machine hauled off by a lumbering herd of zombies. Probably needing to sew up all those open wounds. Be safe out there.
Sep 9, 2015Full steam ahead with Jazz with David Basse! My producer, Joe Cartwright, and I are extremely proud of the work we’ve done so far and are very busy putting together countless hours of great music for jazz lovers and jazz newbies alike.
A big welcome to WJAB in Huntsville, Alabama, who are the latest station to jump aboard the Jazz with David Basse train. It’s great to have you here, and let us know how we can make this the best jazz show in America.
Members of the David Basse & Joe Cartwright Septet swinging hard. David, with Steven Martin on saxophone, Nate Nall on trumpet and Seth Lee on bass.
57 of 80 rows of discs for Jazz with David Basse. Almost there…
Day one of ten days of celebrating Charlie Parker. Long live modern jazz...
Back in the late 90s Yoko Takemura came to visit the Kansas City jazz scene. She took a load of photos, including one of yours truly! She’ll be back for the Charlie Parker festival this month and has written an article about us over at Jazz Tokyo. It’s in Japanese, but the old photos don’t need subtitles.
Just got some shiny new gear that's going to make producing Jazz with David Basse a whole lot easier. This little thing is my new studio-away-from-the-studio!
Packaged neat and tidy like Christmas presents, this is what four hours of Jazz with David Basse looks like.
They tell me there are these things called spreadsheets and databases, but the good old-fashioned Post-It note is all this jazz DJ needs.
Had a ball at Smoky Hill River Festival. Jim Cosgrove, alias Mr. Stinky Feet played the children’s stage. We found a percussion installation close by, chased the kids away and played with that for a while.
After a week off camping with friends, David returns to Broadway Jazz Club to record another action-packed installment of Public Radio’s 12th Street Jump.
We had a great time digging into the wacky history of my soon-to-be-new home. Read the whole fascinating story about the Vidricksens and their talented kids over on the Paris of the Plains blog.
Celebrate the great Kansas City jazz tradition as we debunk the myths of bebop with songs made famous by Jay McShann, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Billy Eckstine, and Eddie Jefferson.
Originally from St. Louis, Bernard “Step Buddy” Anderson was a colorful jazz figure who helped to change the course of jazz. A multi-instrumentalist, Buddy introduced trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie to Charlie Parker, which facilitated the very beginnings of modern jazz. We celebrate the Kansas City jazz tradition with the music of the David Basse-Joe Cartwright Septet, and the photography and memorabilia of Bernard “Step Buddy” Anderson, courtesy of the LeBudde Library of the University of Missouri Kansas City
Saturday, Jan 21 at 8:00 pm
at the MTH Theater
3rd floor, Crown Center
Kansas City, MO
Live recording of 12th Street Jump, public radio’s jazz, blues and comedy jam. The show will be aired on over a hundred stations around the country, and you can be a part of it live!
Wed, Dec 14 at 7:30 pm
The Orion Room
at The Green Lady Lounge
1809 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO
In the rarefied world of Male Jazz Singers, Mark Winkler and David Basse have become dear friends. Join them as they make a too infrequent joint appearance at The E-Spot in Studio City, CA on Sat. Oct 1, 2016. David has recorded quite few songs of Mark’s on his recent CDs, and Mark has sung with David in New York and in Kansas City, where Mark appeared with him on his radio show and at his NPR jam 12th Street Jump. They share a love of good songs, swing and havin’ a good time!
They will each sing their own songs – and a few duets. Mark will be previewing many new songs for an upcoming CD and Downbeat 4 star reviewed Jazz and Other Four Letter Words – and David will be doing songs off The Hero and the Lover and David Basse, Joe Cartwright – Live at Pilgrim Chapel
Piano, Peter Smith
Bass, Gabe Davis
Drums, Dave Tull
Sax, Ann Patterson
Saturday, Oct 1 at 8:00 pm
at E Spot Lounge
4349 Tujunga Avenue
Studio City, CA
The great Count Basie said, “If you play a tune and a person don’t tap their feet, don’t play the tune.” He could have just as easily been referring to Dave Bass and David Basse. Each artist’s music causes countless toes to tap, and now, performing together, they present a night of the Count’s music, their own tunes…and beyond.
It’s not a typo! See David Basse and the terrific Dave Bass Trio at the finest jazz venue on the North Coast.
Saturday, November 14, 6:30 pm
444 North Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA
Come hear David and the Joe Cartwright Trio as they perform in support of the preservation and restoration of the Colonial Fox.
Sep 26, 7:30 pm
Colonial Fox Theatre
Ironwoods 407 N. Broadway
Part of the Charlie Parker Celebration August 21-29. Come hear the David Basse & Joe Cartwright Septet play some of the hottest, swingin’est jazz anywhere in one of KC’s premier jazz clubs.
The Blue Room
August 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm
The Blue Room
1600 E. 18th St.
Kansas City, MO
The arts are booming in Kansas City. Vocalist David Basse has been at the forefront of the jazz and blues scene for years, while Gerald Trimble has been a leading figure on the celtic and folk scene there. The two diverse leaders now assemble a quartet of New York’s finest to join them at Manhattan’s Cutting Room.
The Cutting Room
July 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm
The Cutting Room
44 E 32nd St
New York City
Kansas City is in the midst of a cultural renaissance. For the first time in years, young musicians are making their way to Kansas City for an education, to experience a happening scene and to perhaps stay in KC and sample the nightlife of jazz. Vocalist David Basse and pianist Joe Cartwright have been at the forefront of the KC jazz community for over 20 years, and have assembled the best of five younger players to add to the band at Dazzle in Denver. Don't miss this swingin' seven piece ensemble that harkens back to the glory days of Kansas City without being retro.
June 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Dazzle Jazz Club
930 Lincoln Street