Guido Basso

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Guido Basso
Basso playing the flugelhorn in 2008
Basso playing the flugelhorn in 2008
Background information
Born (1937-09-27) 27 September 1937 (age 84)
Montreal, Quebec
InstrumentsTrumpet, flugelhorn
Years active1950s–present
Associated actsRob McConnell

Guido Basso, CM (born 27 September 1937) is a Canadian jazz musician who was a member of Rob McConnell's Boss Brass big band. He is a trumpeter, flugelhornist, arranger, composer and conductor.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Basso was born in Montreal, Quebec, and he began playing the trumpet at the age of nine. He studied at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal. His professional music career started in his teens, and American singer Vic Damone included him on an international tour in 1957–58.[1]

In 1958, he joined singer Pearl Bailey and her husband, drummer Louis Bellson, touring North America with them and their orchestra until he moved to Toronto in 1960. There, Basso became a studio trumpeter and occasionally played harmonica. In 1963, he became music director for CBLT's Nightcap, a job he held until 1967.[1] He subsequently held a number of music director positions with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as well as being active as a performer.

Beginning in 1975, he organized and led big band concerts at Toronto's Canadian National Exhibition, featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Basso has also worked with Buddy Rich, Oliver Jones, Carol Welsman, Diana Krall and Diana Panton, among others.

Basso was a charter member of Rob McConnell's Boss Brass, playing with the band for over twenty years. He was also part of the Sound of Toronto series of reunion concerts by the Boss Brass in 2008.

He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1994.[1] Basso had one daughter, Mia Basso Noble, who was an accomplished musician and songwriter. She died of cancer in September 2013.

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Member of the Order of Canada, 1994
  • Juno Award, Traditional Jazz Album of the Year, Turn Out the Stars, 2003
  • Juno Award, Traditional Jazz Album of the Year, Lost in the Stars, 2004[2]


As leader or member[edit]

  • Guido Basso (Innovation, 1986)
  • Bass Busters (Innovative, 1995)
  • Midnight Martini (Justin Time, 1999)
  • Dedications (Justin Time, 2002)
  • A Lazy Afternoon (Justin Time, 2003)
  • Lost in the Stars (CBC, 2003)
  • One Take, Vol. 1 (Alma, 2005)

With Rob McConnell

  • 1976 The Jazz Album
  • 1978 Big Band Jazz
  • 1981 Present Perfect
  • 1982 All in Good Time
  • 1984 Old Friends, New Music
  • 1985 Boss Brass & Woods
  • 1986 Mel Tormé, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass
  • 1991 The Brass Is Back
  • 1992 Brassy and Sassy
  • 1992 Live in Digital
  • 1993 Our 25th Year
  • 1994 Overtime
  • 1995 Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  • 1997 Play the Jazz Classics
  • 2000 The Rob McConnell Tentet
  • 2002 Riffs I Have Known
  • 2003 Music of the Twenties

As guest[edit]

With Anne Murray

  • 1993 Croonin'
  • 2002 Country Croonin'
  • 2004 I'll Be Seeing You
  • 2005 All of Me

With Emilie-Claire Barlow

  • 2001 Tribute
  • 2005 Like a Lover

With Holly Cole

  • 2001 Baby, It's Cold Outside
  • 2003 Shade

With Sophie Milman

With others


  1. ^ a b c d Hale, James (2008). "Guido Basso". Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14 December 2008.
  2. ^ "CARAS Scores A Hit With 2004 Juno Awards". Soul Shine. 2004-04-05
  3. ^ "Guido Basso | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 April 2017.