About John Basile...
When asked about his most important influences, the first two names he mentions are not other guitar players; Frank Sinatra heads the list and then pianist Bill Evans. Perhaps this explains why John Basile is one of a select group of jazz instrumentalists who doesn’t sound like everyone else.
Musically, his guitar style utilizes a finger-style technique that approaches the guitar like a piano. For John, the challenge of comping harmonic chord fragments and playing melodies simultaneously provides a backdrop for a more open style of playing and improvising.
His labels, Underhill Jazz and now StringTime Jazz, have produced six innovative and critically distinguished releases: "Amplitudes" - solo guitar improvisations; "No Apologies" - featuring Pat Bianchi on organ and Carmen Intorre on drums for a soulful organ trio with a modern approach to unique standards; "Time Will Reveal" - featuring Joe Locke on vibes and Bassist David Finck showcasing a modern jazz guitar approach to pop tunes; "Animations" – with John Ambercrombie in duo with Basile exploring the essence of string improvisations of standards and originals; and "It Was A Very Good Year" – an eclectic exploration of jazz, folk, and pop tunes featuring two trios.
"Penny Lane" a jazz guitar collection of Beatles tunes on StringTime Jazz and John's latest in 2018 is a collection of eclectic originals entitled "Outside/In" available now on iTunes and CD Baby.
John Basile is a formidable, sought after educator and clinician, offering a variety of educational outreach programs to colleges and universities here and around the world.
He also works in the field of radiology and manages a large Medical Group in the NY area and is a professional boxing judge with the NYS Athletic Commission.
John has judged championship fights at Madison Square Garden, the Barclay Center in NY, and in Mexico.
John's latest endeavour is writing, recording , and producing cues for television, film, and commercials in a variety of genre's. Credits include music libraries AMURCO and MUSIC MIND TRACKS as well as short films.
Stringtime Production Studio produces all of John's projects and is available for media assignments in all musical styles.
See the StringTime Productions page for cue samples.