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 with David Basse. 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.

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On the Air

NEW!Jazz with David Basse

You are invited to experience David Basse’s unique blend of jazz and related music on his new syndicated radio show, Jazz with David Basse. 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 on Jazz with David Basse.

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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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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 an evening of great music.

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

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12th Street Jump

Karrin Allyson joins the 12th Street Jump gang to record a live episode of public radio’s weekly jazz, blues, and comedy jam. We’ll focus on Karrin’s career as she’ll sing thru songs new and old, featuring guitarist Rod Fleeman. This show will be aired on over a hundred stations around the country and you can be a part of it live!
General admission open seating is $20 at the door or $15 in advance.
Save $5 in advance by calling Theater League at 816.421.7500

Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 pm
Broadway Jazz Club
3601 Broadway
Kansas City

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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.