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

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You say you need a drummer? 

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…”

Jazz with David Basse’s Top 10 of 2015

Union Station Track 10

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

“Nothing is worth more than this day” –Goethe

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 Feet played 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.


Live at Pilgrim Chapel: CD release concert!

Live at Pilgrim Chapel CD cover

Joe Cartwright and I will celebrate the release of our new CD, Live at Pilgrim Chapel with a concert at – where else? – Kansas City’s historic Pilgrim Chapel. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or via Eventbrite.

Sun, Feb 21, 3–5 pm
Pilgrim Chapel
3801 Gilham Road
Kansas City, MO

More info & tickets Map

Shannon Basham & Allen Locke with Basse/Cartwright Septet

The David Basse-Joe Cartwright Septet dances the crowd at Knuckleheads Saloon! Adding blues vocalist Shannon Basham and hard-hitting guitarist Allen Locke to make 9 pieces, the band explores original material by members of the group and traditional Kansas City blues.

Fri, Feb 26, 10:00 pm
Knuckleheads Saloon
2715 Rochester St
Kansas City, MO

Tickets Map

Bass & Basse Do Basie – and Beyond

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.

May 19Narrows Center for the ArtsFall River, MAMay 20Shapeshifter Lab (with the Anthony Smith Quintet)Brooklyn, NYMay 21Deer Head InnDelaware Water Gap, PA

12th Street Jump

Live recording of 12th Street Jump, public radio’s jazz, blues and comedy jam, this week celebrating Nina Simone. This show will be aired on over a hundred stations around the country, and you can be a part of it live!

Wed, Feb 10 at 7:30 pm
The Orion Room
at The Green Lady Lounge
1809 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO

12th Street Jump Map

12th Street Jump

Live recording of 12th Street Jump, public radio’s jazz, blues and comedy jam, this week celebrating Nat King Cole. This show will be aired on over a hundred stations around the country, and you can be a part of it live!

Wed, Mar 9 at 7:30 pm
The Orion Room
at The Green Lady Lounge
1809 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO

12th Street Jump Map


12th Street Jump

Live recording of 12th Street Jump, public radio’s jazz, blues and comedy jam. This show will be aired on over a hundred stations around the country, and you can be a part of it live!

Wed, Dec 23 at 7:30 pm
The Orion Room
at The Green Lady Lounge
1809 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO

12th Street Jump Map

Bass & Basse at the North Coast Brewing Co.
Fort Bragg, CA

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

North Coast Brewing Co.

Colonial Fox Theatre
Pittsburg, KS

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
Pittsburg, KS

The Blue Room
Kansas City, MO

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.

August 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm
The Blue Room
1600 E. 18th St.
Kansas City, MO

The Blue Room

The Cutting Room
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.

July 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm
The Cutting Room
44 E 32nd St
New York City

The Cutting Room

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 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
Denver, CO

Dazzle Jazz

Get in touch

David can be reached by phone at 913-642-5491, or by email using the form below.