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.

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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.


“Once in a while you get lucky. David Basse made the song, ‘Vacation From The Blues’ into a personal statement. He treated Johnny Mandel's melody with great care, and he sang everything into the words I could have hoped for. Bravo, David!”

Arthur Hamilton
Lyricist of “Vacation from the Blues”

Easy the Hard Way

In 2011 David recorded Mark Winkler’s composition Like Jazz on the album Uptown and now he adds Winkler’s Easy The Hard Way to his vast musical repertoire. Take a look at the artist in action by viewing this short video created by Real Media at Studio V Audio.

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“With the soul of a bon vivant and the spirit of a hipster, Basse scats with insouciance, reels you into ballads with a raconteur’s charm.”

George Kansler
Hot House Magazine NYC

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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 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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“…the rich substance, clear intonation and sincerity of delivery that are all qualities of Basse's style…shades of Eddie Jefferson all the way.”

Scott Yanow
LA Jazz Scene


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 Toots Thielemans, with special guest Randy Weinstein. Come along for great food and drink and be part of the show!

Wed, April 22 at 7:30 pm
Broadway Jazz Club
3601 Broadway
Kansas City

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New York Jazz Tour with David Basse

Join Jazz vocalist & radio host David Basse and other Jazz fans, in New York City for great music, food and fun times.

July 8–12  (4 nights)
Lots of events, clubs and jazz tours
New York City

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Get in touch

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