John Basile was born in the Boston area and began playing in local pop show bands and jazz organ groups at an early age. He attended Berklee College of Music and graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1979.

Moving to NYC in 1980 John has performed and recorded in a wide variety of formats both as a leader and a sideman.

As an accompanist he has worked with Peggy Lee, Sylvia Syms, Rosemary Clooney, Mark Murphy, and Tony Bennett as well as live performances with contemporary instrumentalists George Mraz , Tom Harrell, John Abercrombie, and Red Mitchell to name just a few.

In 1997 John entered the field of medical imaging as an MRI technologist and educator, opened numerous imaging centers in the NY area, and recently attained the advanced certification CRA (Certified Radiology Administrator).

Musically John's guitar style utilizes a finger-style technique that approaches the guitar like a piano. For John the challenge of comping chord fragments and playing melodies simultaneously provides a backdrop for a more open style of playing and improvising.

His latest project "Time Will Reveal" (UnderhillJazz 003) , produced by bassist David Finck, showcases his melodic full-toned guitar style in an acoustic latin jazz setting featuring pop material largely from the 70's.

" The 70's produced a huge variety of music - some great melodic and harmonic vehicles that have not been traditionally performed in an improvisational instrumental context. We felt that there was a whole wealth of material here worth exploring - but in an acoustic jazz setting without the traditional electric bass and synthesizer layering. These were the "standards" of the day for me growing up, and to revist this material with some of the best NYC studio musicians was really a treat."

Currently, in addition to working with Underhill Jazz, John manages a number of medical imaging centers and juggles a busy schedule of performing and teaching in the NYC area.

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- Very Early (Seabreeze 2024) w/ Eddie Gomez

- Quiet Passage (ProJazz 627) w/ Tom Harrell, Joey Barron, George Mraz.

- Sunnyside Up (ProJazz 641) w/ Terry Clarke, Paul Socolow, Tom Harrell, Byron Olsen.

- John Basile/Brad Terry Duo (Musicmasters 51244A)

- For All Time (Philology 214W103-2) w/ David Finck, Peter Grant.

- Frankly Speaking: A Jazz Portrait of Sinatra (King Record - Japan) w/ Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Grady Tate.

- The Desmond Project (Chesky 165)

- It Was A Very Good Year (UnderhillJazz 001)

- Animations (UnderhillJazz 002) w/ John Abercrombie.

- Time Will Reveal (UnderhillJazz 003) w/ David Finck, Clint de Ganon , Joe Locke, Roger Squitero.