David Basse & Joe Cartwright

David Basse & Joe Cartwright Septet

7 p.m., December 18, 2016 | Polsky Theatre

$20 Individual Tickets Season Ticket Package


Part of Winterlude, a series of concerts featuring local and international jazz and world music performers in the Polsky Theatre at JCCC.


Always innovative, always fresh, the jazz of Kansas City is not a museum piece. The music continues to evolve with every new artist, every new performance and every new song.

In 1906, Euday Bowman's wildly popular "12th Street Rag" set the stage for over 100 years of great music. When The George E. Lee Orchestra recorded "St. James Infirmary" in 1927, innovation and wild abandon led Kansas City's musicians to the forefront of the art form. The Coon-Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra, in 1925 and The Count Basie Orchestra of 1936 used the radio airwaves to bring attention to Kansas City and its music.

On the NPR syndicated radio show "12th Street Jump," Joe Cartwright and David Basse carry on that tradition today, sharing Kansas City and its music!

About David Basse

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.

About Joe Cartwright

Pianist Joe Cartwright has lived, performed and taught in the Kansas City area for the last thirty two years. He is a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and is currently the musical director for the critically acclaimed NPR radio show "12th Street Jump." Joe has performed on and produced numerous recordings. Some of his credits include work with internationally recognized artists Eddie Harris, Sheila Jordan, Bill Watrous, Jerry Hahn, Jeff Hamilton, Carl Fontana, Red Holloway, John Clayton, Karrin Allyson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Kevin Mahogany and Mel Torme.

He has been a featured performer with the Kansas City Symphony and the Independence Symphony, and his trio was featured in performance at the 1992 World's Fair in Seville, Spain as representatives of Kansas City Jazz. In the fall of 1998 he toured Africa as part of the USIA/Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador Touring Program. In the spring of 2000, Cartwright toured the Middle East, Africa, India and Southeast Asia as a USIA Jazz Ambassador. When not performing and giving clinics, Joe composes, arranges and teaches jazz piano and theory.

"Joe Cartwright throws his whole soul at the keys." — Kansas City Business Journal