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 Dave Lambert and Big Bill Broonzy. Come along for great food and drink and be part of the show!

Wednesday, June 10 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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Dazzle Jazz Club – Denver, CO

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 for ONE NIGHT ONLY. Don’t miss this swingin’ seven piece ensemble that harkens back to the glory days of Kansas City without being retro.

June 16, 7:00 pm
Dazzle Jazz Club
930 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO

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Parkville River Jam

David brings pianist Greg Richter, Joseph Straws Sr. on bass and Joseph Straws Jr. on the drums to Parkville River Jam. “We haven’t had the chance to play the Parkville Festival for some time, and the beautiful Missouri River setting and neighborly crowd make this one of our favorite places to perform.” Hope to see you there!

June 20, 7:30–9:00 pm
English Landing Park
8701 Clark Avenue
Parkville, MO

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Jazz in July & The Newport Jazz Festival

David is your host on this terrific five-day trip. Enjoy two fantastic shows in New York City, a tour of the Louis Armstrong Home in Queens and two days of VIP seating at the Newport Jazz Festival! Hotel, round-trip airfare and ground transportation included.

July 30–Aug 3
New York City and Newport, RI
$2295 per person

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Sundays in the Park concert series

What better way to send off the summer than with the sounds of David’s hard-swinging seven-piece band. Grab the dog. bring a blanket and settle in for en evening of great music.

August 30, 6:00 pm
Ironwoods Amphitheater
Ironwoods Park
Leawood, KS

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Colonial Fox Theatre – Pittsburg, KS

More than a vocalist, David Basse’s voice has come to represent the jazz and blues of Kansas City. The Kansas City Star called him, “The voice of Kansas City”. And following a David Basse performance, poet Maya Angelou exclaimed, “I love the soul that is your voice”. Come hear David Basse and the Joe Cartwright Trio as they perform in support of the preservation and restoration of the Colonial Fox.

September 26, 7:30 pm
Colonial Fox Theatre
407 N. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS

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North Coast Brewing Co. – Fort Bragg, CA

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.