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Dario Basta is a pianist/arranger based in London. He plays mainly jazz/funky/soul music in solo piano, duos, trios, quartets and big bands.
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Dario Basta is a passionate pianist and keyboard player, particularly interested in (well..let's say obsessed by) jazz and funky music, even if his music experience includes also pop, rock and blues. He first approached jazz with his music school teacher, a jazz pianist/vibraphonist, from whom he took lessons for 5 years. In 1999 he attended the Umbria Jazz Clinics, studying with teachers from Berkley School of Boston. From 2006 to 2008 he played in the “Musicateneo” Big Band of the University of Salerno, taking part to the Copenaghen Jazz Festival in 2007. In 2010 he attended the Bachelor Degree in “Piano Jazz” at the Conservatoire of Napoli. In 2013 he attended the Tuscia Jazz summer school in Bagnoregio (VT) Italy, studying with musicians such as Kurt Rosenwienkel, Aaron Parks and Rosario Giuliani. From 2013 to 2015 he played with the University of London Big Band. Since 2013 he has been playing for public and private events in London with different bands, including duos, trios, quartets and quintets. He is the pianist/band leader of the Black Coffee Band, performing regularly at the King's Head theatre pub in Angel.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I own a PA system
Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
Jazz, Blues, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Swing, Funk, Acoustic, Pop, Motown, R&B, Soul
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Jazz standards:
- Fly me to the moon
- Summertime
- What a wonderful world
- Cheek to cheek
- Night and Day
- Love for sale
- Blue Moon
- Smile
- Route 66
- There will never be another you
- It could happen to you
- The way you look tonight
- Old devil moon
- Have you met Mrs Jones
- Comes love
- L.O.V.E.
- Our love is here to stay
- Foggy day
- These foolish things
- They can’t take that away from me
- How hugh the moon
- Dolphin Dance
- Nardis
- What is this thing called love
Bossa/Latin jazz:
- Girl from Ipanema
- Blue Bossa
- Black Orpheus
- You don’t know what love is
- Corcovado
- Desafinado
- Triste
- Mas que nada
- So danco samba
- This masquerade
- Maiden Voyage
- Sunshower
- Misty
- Georgia
- Body and Soul
- Round midnight
- The Nearness of you
- Cry me a river
- When I fall in love
- I fall in love too easily
- Tenderly
- Everything happens to me
- Blue in green
Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese numbers:
- Volare
- O sole mio
- Estate
- E la chiamano estate
- That’s amore
- Mambo Italiano
- Tu vuo fa l’americano
- Vieni via con me
- Il padrino’s theme
- Era de Maggio
- Quando quando
- Che cosa c’e’
- Besame mucho
- Quisaz quisaz
- Tres palabras
- Lagrimas negras
- Guantanamera
- La vie en rose
- Amar pelos dois
Pop and international songs:
- Imagine
- Your song
- Hey Jude
- All night long
- English man in New York
- Fragile
- Isn’t she lovely
- Overjoyed
- Living for the city
- Lately
- I wish
- Superstition
- Black or white
- Billie Jean
- I can’t help it
- Sorry seems to be the hardest word
- Crazy
- Sunny
- Just the two of us
- Knock on the dock of the bay
- Don’t stop me know
- Hotel California
- I will survive
- Can’t take my eyes out of you


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£150
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250


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Dave L, 2 years ago

This is the second time we have booked the Sound Express Band and as with the first occasion they did not disappoint. Despite restricting them to a far smaller area than they are used to they rose to the occasion captivating everyone with their tunes. I had to intervene at the end to quell the tide of ‘Encore’ requests as I truly believe they’d still be here now ! Thoroughly recommended !

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David A, 2 years ago

Sound Express band is a vibrant crew of experienced and charismatic musicians with a background ranging from R’n’B to Funk, Latin Jazz and Pop classics. They were exceptionally engaging with the crowd for all their performance; from the early dinner set where it was required to play at a conversational volume level throughout the second part of the night where everyone was feeling the more energetic grooves and melodies while singing along some classic rearranged in a modern and sophisticated style.

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