David Basse began his professional music career in 1969, when his parents trusted the neighbors to keep an eye on him while they vacationed in California. Basse seized that opportunity and turned it into a six-night gig at a local cocktail lounge with a band named “Carroll Lee and the Moonlighters”. This gig was the first small step in mastering many styles of drumming and subsequently learning to sing from the drumset. He stayed with Lee for the next three years, earning his way through high school and onto the road at age 17. In 1974, he landed in Kansas City, after gigs in Denver, Nashville, New Orleans, Winnipeg, a trip to LA and various teenaged forays throughout the United States.
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I love the soul that is your voice. Maya Angelou
David Basse's resonant voice is a signature of Kansas City's swingin' jazz and blues sound. Swedish critic Kaber Liden called him The unbelievable combination of Mel Torme, Jon Hendricks, and Al Jarreau. Pitch Magazine named him Best Male Vocalist, stating The winking gris gris of Dr. John, the ecstasy of Ray Charles, Basse adds a unique twist to his phrasing that makes him more than the sum of his influences.
David is a tireless and prolific one man promotional machine for the sound of Kansas City. He performed at the 2011 opening of the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and plans to return with Bobby Watson and the Kansas City Symphony in February 2013 for an exclusively-written tribute for jazz orchestra.
A new video featuring David’s voice went viral on YouTube