John Basile

John Basile



A jazz guitarist for over 25 years, John Basile has performed and recorded throughtout the US and Europe in a variety of formats. Born in Boston, John attended Berklee College of Music and graduated from New England Conservatory of Music in 1979.

John released his first recording as a leader in 1981 (Very Early) with Eddie Gomez and a string orchestra. He has performed live and recorded with George Mraz, Tom Harrel, John Abercrombie, Red Mitchell, Grady Tate, and Sweets Edison, Michael Brecker.

He developed the original jazz guitar program at the New School in NYC, began a series of master classes in jazz improvisation throughout Italy and appeared on the instuctional video Jazz Guitar Improvisation with John Abercrombie on Homespun tapes.

Stylistically John's guitar style uses a finger-style technique that approaches the instrument like a piano. Comping chord fragments and playing melodies simultaneously provides the backdrop for a more open style and conception of improvisation.

John believes the harmonic aspect of the guitar has not been explored to its full potential and strives to explore this area in all live performances and teaching seminars.

John is available for solo,duo,and trio performances as well as educational seminars in jazz guitar performance.


- Very Early (Seabreeze 2024) w/ Eddie Gomez.
- Quiet Passage (ProJazz 627) w/ Tom Harrell , Joey Baron, and George Mraz.
- Sunnyside Up (ProJazz 641)
- John Basile/Brad terry Duo (MusicMasters 512744A)
- For All Time (Philology 214W103-2)
- Frankly Speaking: A Jazz Portrait of Sinatra (King)
w/ Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie.
- The Desmond Project (Chesky 156)
- It Was A Very Good Year (Underhill Jazz 001)
- Animations ( Underhill Jazz 002)

Set List

Jazz/Latin Standards