“I love the soul that is your voice”—Maya Angelou

More than a vocalist, David Basse’s voice has come to represent the jazz and blues of Kansas City. Jazz with David Basse on Public Radio gives you the rest of the story.

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Spring Special with Karrin Allyson

APRIL 8, 2019
In jazz, there is no one sunnier than Karrin. She loves family, and decades of touring the world looks like an extended family vacation to her. 

Join us for three very special hours of jazz all about spring. 
You’ll learn things about Karrin that you never knew, and even a curmudgeon like you may wind up with “Some of that Sunshine”.

Jazz with David Basse Spring Special with Karrin Allyson
Available through Creative PR and at www.prx.org

My top ten jazz albums of 2018

Feeling welcome

May 17, 2018They really rolled out the red carpet in Hannover, where I had the extreme pleasure to perform with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. We represented Kansas City and its inclusion as a music city in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. I absolutely loved Germany, and couldn’t stop thinking about ways to get an actual Basse to live behind that sign.

My top ten jazz albums of 2017

Singing at Small’s NYC

Dec 9, 2017Found this video lying around the interwebs. Such fun singing with these cats.

Jazz’s glass ceiling

October 17, 2017I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Carolyn Glenn Brewer, author of Changing The Tune: The Kansas City Women's Jazz Festival. You can listen to it over on her website.

Jammin’ for Jayme

Interview with KC Cares

Aug 14, 2017KC Cares and I talk about the Charlie Parker Celebration this month. You can listen in over at the KC Cares podcast page.

Review of Live at Pilgrim Chapel

July 20, 2017JAM Magazine’s June/July issue has a very flattering review of Live at Pilgrim Chapel. Roger Atkinson writes:

David seems to own hip tunes like “Sugar” and “Moanin,’” as well as the R&B classics like “Please Send Me Someone to Love” and “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby” (which opens with a bit of “Hit the Road Jack.”) He proves to be a fine storyteller (as a good blues singer needs to be) on “Tangled Up in Blue.” He can deliver in the Sinatra style, as he does on “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”. And when it is time to lay it all on the line, he drains you with “My Funny Valentine,” the climax of the set, the one that gets the room standing. It takes a close musical partnership to succeed in this setting. David and Joe have that kind of rapport. This is a very enjoyable recording, easily recommended to their many fans and those who enjoy the more intimate side of the music.

The full review is on page 25.

Interview in Kansas City Spaces magazine

July 20, 2017Kansas City Spaces magazine and I sat down for a nice little chat. The interview is on page 50 of the June/July issue.

My top ten jazz albums of 2016

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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 recorded music that pours through my home studio.

Review of the Basse/Cartwright septet

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…

New CD! Live at Pilgrim Chapel

If anyone embodies the sound and spirit of Kansas City, it’s Joe Cartwrightand 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.

Live at Pilgrim Chapel has been released in the KC area, with a national/global release to come soon. You can purchase the CD at CD Baby, and digital downloads are available on Amazon.

Mass,  PA and NYC

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!


May 23, 2016Vince Giordano’s movie There’s a Future in the Past premiered in Kansas City in April. What an honor to sing with his Nighthawks at Iguana, in Midtown Manhattan.

The forbidden zone

Feb 24, 2016Looks like I shouldn’t have ordered that third beer…

You say you need a drummer?

Feb 9, 2016Drummer Jason Slote, setting the mics for drummer Todd Straitand 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…”

Jazz with David Basse’s Top 10 of 2015

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:

Wise words for 2016

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.

Recording the Ozarks way

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.

Everyone needs soul. Even vegans.

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.

Laying it down?

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…

New Jazz with David Basse  programming clock

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.

Phil’s front porch

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.

It’s not just brains they’re after

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.

Rolling along

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.

Welcome, WJAB!

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.

Digging in at The Blue Room

Photo: Alyce Heskett Kay

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.

Discs, discs and more discs

57 of 80 rows of discs for Jazz with David Basse. Almost there…

2015 Charlie Parker Celebration

Day one of ten days of celebrating Charlie Parker. Long live modern jazz...

Jazz Tokyo comes to KC

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.

Yeah, well, sometimes new tech is pretty cool, too

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!

Jazz with David Basse  is on the air!

Packaged neat and tidy like Christmas presents, this is what four hours of Jazz with David Basse looks like.

Old school technology

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.

Mr. Stinky Feet

Had a ball at Smoky Hill River Festival. Jim Cosgrove, alias Mr. Stinky Feetplayed the children’s stage. We found a percussion installation close by, chased the kids away and played with that for a while.

Vacations can really wear a guy out

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.

Of marbles and taxes

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.


12th Street Jump

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. Come and be a part of it live!

Once a month at  
The Black Dolphin
(Next door to The Green Lady Lounge)
1813 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO

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