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    Take Five - Guido Basso

    Ever wonder what songs are on your favourite artist's iPod? What their influences are?

    Now you have the chance with our feature, Take Five.

    This edition of Take Five features Guido Basso. Guido was only nine years old when he began playing the trumpet, becoming recognized as a prodigy while studying at Montreal’s Conservatoire de musique du Quebec. He was just a teenager when he was already becoming prominent on the Montreal club scene, where singer Vic Damone first heard him and took him on international tour with him for two years.

    In 1958 he joined singer Pearl Bailey and her bandleader husband, famed drummer Louis Bellson, touring North America with them for three years before moving to Toronto to join the busy studio and television scene there. His playing career as a stand-out sideman and leader, soared, and he became one of the biggest jazz names in the country, and beginning in 1975, frequently organized and led big band concerts at Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition featuring jazz luminaries including Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie. He can be heard on hundreds of record albums, playing and recording with stars from Buddy Rich and Oliver Jones to Carol Welsman and Diana Krall.

    Guido was a charter member of Rob McConnell’s stellar The Boss Brass, and the Rob McConnell Tentet, playing with the Boss Brass as a featured soloist throughout their lifetime, and appearing on 30 Boss Brass recordings. He was part of the highly successful “Sound of Toronto” series of reunion concerts of the Boss Brass in 2008. In the late ‘70s, he formed his namesake society orchestra which became the most prominent feature of major private and public social events in Toronto over ensuing years. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1994.

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