Guido Basso

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Guido Basso
Guido Basso photo.jpg
Basso playing the flügelhorn
Background information
BornMontreal, Canada
InstrumentsTrumpet, flugelhorn
Years active1960–present
Associated actsRob McConnell

Guido Basso, CM (born 27 September 1937 in Montreal) is a jazz musician from Montreal who was a member of Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass. He is a trumpeter, flugelhornist, harmonica-player, arranger, composer, and conductor.


He started playing the trumpet when he was nine. Settling in Toronto in 1960, he became a studio trumpeter and occasionally played harmonica. In 1963, he became music director for CBLT, a job he held until 1967. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1994.[1]

He studied at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal. His career started in his teens when singer Vic Damone included him in an international tour.

In 1958 he joined singer Pearl Bailey and her husband, drummer Louis Bellson, touring North America with them for three years before moving to Toronto. 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, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie. He has worked with Buddy Rich, Oliver Jones, Carol Welsman, Diana Krall, and Diana Panton.

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

Basso had one daughter, Mia Basso Noble, who was an accomplished musician and songwriter. She died of cancer in September 2013.

Awards and honors[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. ^ Hale, James (2008). "Basso, Guido". 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.