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The Jazz Scene

Monday 9 p.m. - midnight

About the Show: The Jazz Scene

Since the turn of the Century, David Basse has been the host of KPR’s The Jazz Scene. This long-running, award-winning jazz show features new releases, classic jazz and information about area jazz concerts, festivals and performances in night clubs. Most Saturdays, David interviews artists who are visiting the area or are releasing new music. “I never met jazz I didn’t like,” says host David Basse, his love for the music and easy manner brings the novice and seasoned listener a new appreciation of the art form.

About the Host: David Basse

More than a vocalist, David Basse’s voice has come to represent the jazz and blues of Kansas City.
David has hosted The Jazz Scene on Kansas Public Radio since 2001. In 2010, he joined the cast of 12th Street Jump. His latest venture is the syndicated radio show: Jazz with David Basse.  For 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 the microphone for KKFI-FM in Kansas City. When Kansas Public Radio was looking for a host to take over The Jazz Scene, David’s insight and background made him a natural choice.

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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