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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David Basse with Special Guest Gerald Trimble - New York City

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 for one night only.

Gerald Trimble is the foremost innovator of the bowed and fretted viola da gamba. As much a jazz and rock improviser as an interpreter of ancient music, Trimble brings this instrument into a much wider role. In Trimble’s hands, the viola da gamba's capabilities are explored as never before, revealing it as a complete instrument, and as the perfect accompaniment to his unique eastern influenced singing. His new CD, Uncharted, from MSR Classics chronicles his musical voyages and has received praise in the US and Europe.

This event also features Joe Alterman at the piano. “Joe is a true inspiration to me,”said Les McCann, when urging Basse to reach out to the young pianist for this New York gig. Anthony Smith, on vibraphone, whose father Len, also a vibist, bought him a set at an early age so that he would be able play duets on piano and vibes with his son.

Bassist James Cammack is a member of the Ahmad Jamal Trio, which included New Orleans drummer Idris Muhammad. Cammack both records and tours with the trio. Drummer Matt Kane – whose “drumming elevates [the music] to the sublime” (JazzTimes) – will round out the band.

Great jazz with the addition of one of the most unique instrumentalists in the world. It’s an event event not to be missed.

July 10
The Cutting Room
44 E. 32nd Street
New York City

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David Basse / Joe Cartwright Septet – The Blue Room, KC

Part of the Charlie Parker Celebration August 21-29. Come hear some of the hottest, swingin’est jazz anywhere in one of KC’s premier jazz clubs.

August 22, 8:30 pm–12:30 am
The Blue Room
18th & Vine
Kansas City, MO

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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 swinging seven-piece 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.