About David Basse
With several albums to his credit and an award winning career in jazz radio, David Basse’s warm and inviting voice draws listeners into the world of jazz music. He has enjoyed the exceptional honor of working on recording projects featuring Sandra Booker, Larry Bunker, Jay McShann, Mike Melvoin, Phil Woods and several other jazz luminaries. His current duo release, with long‐time musical partner Joe Cartwright, was recorded live in Kansas City’s historic Pilgrim Chapel. One of the area’s best-known jazz artists, David Basse has been featured at Jazz Aspen Snowmass, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and The Playboy Jazz Festival. He has also participated in special performances in Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York as well as countless other noteworthy musical performances.
“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, New York
Since the turn of the century, David Basse has been involved in radio. He is now creating hours of new programming for the syndication of Jazz with David Basse. With over 4,000 hours of this programming in existence, the current content is syndicated by Public Radio International, distributed through PRX’s Sub-Auto system and available to radio stations across the country. David exhibits his improvisational comedy skills as a member of the cast of 12th Street Jump, Public Radio’s Jazz, Blues and Comedy Jam. This weekly broadcast is produced in front of a live audience by Theater League and presented on over 100 stations coast to coast. One of the hallmarks of David Basse’s work as a vocalist is his ability to be open to all kinds of jazz music, to present this music with his unique style, and his talent at drawing personal stories out of artists that he interviews. Listeners agree time and time again that Basse’s discerning taste and in-depth knowledge of music, past and present, allows the listener a complete and enjoyable listening experience. “It is my personal goal to rarely if ever repeat a song in the thousands of hours that we create,” says Basse, “I am as interested in the new CD of a young unknown artist as I am in the classic historic pieces of Bird, Dexter, and Bud. What I especially enjoy is the art of bringing all of this music together for the complete statement.”
In addition, Kansas Public Radio’s The Jazz Scene is an award-winning weekly program, hosted by David, following in the footsteps of Kansas University’s beloved Professor Dick Wright.