The Jazz Scene

Hosted By: David Basse

BasseDavidFor the past 20 years, David Basse has been at the forefront of the music scene in Kansas City, taking the torch from such legends as KC jazz pioneers Charlie Parker, Count Basie and Jay McShann.

David's singing has been compared to Mel Torme, Jon Hendricks and Al Jarreau. Other reviewers hear elements of Ray Charles and Dr. John. Whatever listeners hear, they respond enthusiastically.

David and his band, The City Light Orchestra, have been featured on "Wolf Trap and All That Jazz" and also played at the 1997 Inaugural Gala for President Clinton. If you have tickets to the Kansas City Chiefs, you can often hear David's rendition of "Strike When the Iron Is Hot" used to fire up the crowds.

David came to radio in 1999, stepping behind to the microphone for KKFI-FM in Kansas City. When Kansas Public Radio was looking for host to take over The Jazz Scene, David's insight and background made him a natural choice.

About the Show: The Jazz Scene

DavidBasseFeaturing the best in new and vintage jazz, The Jazz Scene also showcases interviews and performances by upcoming local artists as well as international jazz stars coming through the KPR listening area.

"I love the rich heritage and vibrant jazz scene that the area has to offer," David says. "Being part of Kansas Public Radio allows me to share my enthusiasm for this treasured art form, and for Kansas City jazz."

David has won a Kansas Association of Broadcasters award and KPR’s jazz department won an award from JAZZWEEK, “Best Jazz Station – Small Market.”

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