Basitours Background

We are basitours

Basitours is an international booking agency representing artists in the field of music and entertainment, founded by Peter Basler in 1981. We cover all concerns for music live events, such as routing tours, negotiating fees and contractual obligations. Currently basitours holds the exclusive booking rights for some of the finest international artists, booking gigs and stages in the World. With a stronghold of almost four decades of industry experience and a proven track history, basitours is one of the most reliable and well established booking agencies in the world.

we deliver performance. worldwide. since 1981.

Our History

Expanding Operations to Asia

The Original Blues Brothers Band, Kraak & Smaak, New York Brass Band, Oz Noy, Maceo Parker

continue '18

The Original Blues Brothers Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Gregory Porter, Sarah Jane Morris & Antonio Forcione, Carmen Souza, New York Brass Band, Maceo Parker

continue '17

Kennedy Administration, Nik West, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Tower of Power, New York Brass Band, Maceo Parker, Nazareth, MF Robots, Smokie, The Sweet, ELO Members The Orchestra, The Syndicate, Jojo Mayer Nerve, Gregory Porter

continue '16

The Original Blues Brothers Band, Nik West, Quincy Jones & The Global Gumbo All Stars, The Prodigy, Jamie Cullum, Candy Dulfer & Band, Gregory Porter, Bugge Wesseltoft & Christian Prommer, Omar Sosa, Jojo Mayer & Buddy Rich Tribute, Smokie, The Sweet, Richard Bona, Trilok Gurtu, Toploader, Jojo Mayer Nerve, Steve Cropper Band

continue '15

The Original Blues Brothers Band, Lisa Stansfield, George Clinton, Al McKay & Earth, Wind & Fire Experience, Esperanza Spalding, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Ron Carter "Golden Striker Trio", Trilok Gurtu, Umberto Tozzi, Ricchi e Poveri, Ernie Watts Quartet, Jojo Mayer Nerve, Jojo Mayer & Felix Lajko, Viva Brasil, Richard Bona

continue '14

Jojo Mayer & Nerve, Joey Calderazzo Trio, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Kool & The Gang, Bootsy Collins & The Funk Unity Band, Men in Brass, Al di Meola "Beatles & More", Michel Camillo Trio, Roy Ayers, Lenny White, Jojo Mayer & Zürich Jazz Orchestra "Tribute Buddy Rich", Ernie Watts Quartet, Victor Bailey

continue '13

Natalie Cole, Carmen Souza, DJ Logic & Friends, Lee Ritenour Band, Trilok Gurtu, Lenny White, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Pedro Javier Gonzalez, Ernie Watts Quartet, Eddie Palmieri, Trilok Gurtu Band, Jojo Mayer & Buddy Rich Tribute, Victor Bailey

continue '12

Larry Graham & Central Station, Joey Calderazzo Trio, Men in Brass, Robert Glasper Experiment, Club des Belugas, Sergio Mendes, Trilok Gurtu, Eduardo Niebla, Ernie Watts Quartet, City Jazz Big Band feat. Victor Bailey, Hugh Masekela, Fred Wesley & The New JBHorns, Victor Bailey

continue '11

Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, Men in Brass, Sonny Emory & Cachet Fusion, Larry Coryell Trio, Poogie Bell Band, PA Kyoto Jazz Massive, Monty Alexander Trio, Andrea Bocelli, Lenny White, Eduardo Niebla, Ernie Watts Quartet, Victor Bailey, Viva Brasil

continue '10

Eric Truffaz, Jojo Mayer & Nerve, John McLaughlin & 4th Dimension, Chris de Burgh, Paco de Lucia, Hugh Masekela, The Original Blues Brothers Band, The Syndicate, Omar,  L’Image(Till Brönner, Steve Gadd), Gabin, Wayne Krantz, Trilok Gurtu, Lenny White, Ernie Watts Quartet, Victor Bailey, Tribute to Jaco Pastorius feat. Victor Bailey, Peter Erskine

continue '09

James Carter Quintet, Kool & The Gang, Scott Kinsey Group, Hugh Masekela, Suzi Quatro, Maria Joao & Mario Laginha, Trilok Gurtu, The Clients Funk Society, Ernie Watts Quartet, Bob James, Antonio Forcione, Victor Bailey, Chico & The Gypsies, Al McKay & Earth,Wind & Fire Experience, Jojo Mayer & Nerve

continue '08

The Clients Funk Society, Trilok Gurtu, Depart (H.Sokal, H.Keinzig, J.Mayer), Tower of Power, Ernie Watts Quartet, Victor Bailey, Viva Brasil, Jojo Mayer Nerve, Al McKay & Earth,Wind & Fire Experience

continue '07

Jojo Mayer & Nerve, Supermax, US3, Toto Cutugno, Al McKay & Earth,Wind & Fire Experience, Chico & The Gypsies, Ricchi e Poveri, Marcia Barrett & Boney M, Trilok Gurtu, Randy Crawford & Joe Sample, Tower of Power, The Clients Funk Society, Ernie Watts Quartet, Lou Bega, Smokie, Victor Bailey

continue '06

Jojo Mayer & Nerve, Toto Cutugno, Herbie Hancock Quintet, Lily Vazquez & La Supersalsa, Trilok Gurtu, Pedro Javier Gonzalez Trio, Ernie Watts Quartet, Al McKay & Earth,Wind & Fire Experience, Al Jarreau, Herbie Hancock, The Clients Funk Society, Victor Bailey, Maria Joao, Bobby McFerrin

continue '05

Jojo Mayer & Nerve, Nina Corti, The Clients Funk Society, John Scofield Quartet, Ernie Watts Quartet, Giora Feidman Ensemble, Arto Moreira & Flora Purim, The Georgian Legend Erisioni, Victor Bailey, Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate

continue '04

Pedro Javier Gonzalez Trio, John McLaughlin & Shakti, Bobby McFerrin, Michael Franks & Band, Trilok Gurtu, Ernie Watts Quartet, Antonio Forcione Quartet, Johnny Melville, Jose Feliciano, Marla Glenn, Dave Brubeck, Courtney Pine, Jojo Mayer Solo,  Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate, Victor Bailey

continue '03

Eduardo Niebla, Chico & The Gypsies, Lalo Schifrin "Mission Impossible", Ce Ce Rogers Nuupunk, Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nuoveau Band, Trilok Gurtu, Jose Feliciano,  Friend’n & Fellow, Manfred Mann Earth Band, Ernie Watts Quartet, Giora Feidman Ensemble, Lou Bega, Pedro Javier Gonzalez Trio, Dave Brubeck, Gipsies Band, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Tuck & Patti, Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate, Victor Bailey

continue '02

 Dean Brown Band, Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nuoveau Band, Salif Keita, Victor Bailey, Ernie Watts Quartet, "The Art of 3" feat.Billy Cobham, Ron Carter, Kenny Barron, Maria Joao "Mumadji", Bill Evans & The Soul Insiders, Dean Brown Group, Antonio Forcione & Giorgio Serci, Deborah Coleman & The Thrillseekers, Scott Henderson "Tribal Tech", Weather Girls, Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate, Bob Mintzer & Concert Jazz Big Band

2001 - 2015 Booking Ernie Watts

Dean Brown Band, Bill Evans & The Soul Insiders, Doretta Carter Duo, Yes Brazil, Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nuoveau Band, Chico & The Gypsies, Dave Brubeck, Thomas C.Breuer, Ernie Watts Quartet, Andy Summers feat. Darryl Jones, Dennis Chambers, Al di Meola "World Sinfonia", Apocalyptica, Billy Cobham Quartet, Bobby McFerrin, Victor Bailey


Billy Cobham & North by Northwest, Billy Cobham & London Jazz Orchestra, Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate, Billy Cobham Group, Michal Urbaniak & Urszula Dudziak, Brasil Brazil, Jean Luc Ponty & His Group, Candy Dulder Funky Stuff, Ce Ce Rogers Nuphunk Explosion, Joe Cocker, John McLaughlin Shakti, Septeto Nacional

2000 - 2016 Booking bass legend Victor Bailey

Billy Cobham Band, Osibisa, Bob Kerr Whoope Band, Stars from the Commitments, The Victor Bailey & Omar Hakim Project, Paul Morocco’s OLE, Jose Feliciano, Mungo Jerry, Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Suzi Quatro, Chico & The Gypsies, "Acoustic Mania" feat. Antonio Forcione & Neil Stacey, Trilok Gurtu Solo, Dave Brubeck

- 1999

Billy Cobham & Paradox, Paul Morocco’s OLE, Candy Dulfer and Funky Stuff, Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate, Eduardo Niebla, Manhattan Transfer, Wishbone Ash, Eduardo Niebla, Toad II, Phil Woods Quintet, Monty Alexander Trio, John Mayall Bluesbreakers, Bob Berg Quartet, Mike Stern Band, Giora Feidman Ensemble, Paul Morocco’s Ole

continue '96

"Acoustic Mania" feat Antonio Forcione & Neil Stacey, Candy Dulfer and Funky Stuff, Ricchi e Poveri, Wishbone Ash, Chico & The Gypsies, Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate

1994 - 2004 Booking Mr. Dave Brubeck "Take Five"

Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate, Toad II, Salif Keita, Marla Glenn, Billy Cobham Band, Sheila E, Dave Brubeck, La Toya Jackson, Chico & The Gypsies, Little River Band, Joe Zawinul & Trilok Gurtu, Kris Kristofferson, Giora Feidman Ensemble, Nina Corti, Vinxx Percussion Group, Mike Mainieri Steps Ahead

continue '93

Jose Feliciano, Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate, Kris Kristofferson, Gerardo Nunez, Gerry Mulligan Quartet

Going Even Stronger

John McLaughlin Trio - The growing success led to gigs with many musicians such as: Billy Cobham & Ernie Watts Band, Richie Havens, Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate, Jethro Tull, Willem Breuker Kollektief, Bireli Lagrene Band, Salif Keita, Das Sch…Theater (Palino & Gögi), Eddie Harris Funk Project, Don Cherry Multikulti, Abdullah Ibrahim Octet, Ginger Baker Group, James Blood Ulmer Blues Rock Trio, Jim Pepper Trio, Ray Charles & The Ray Charles Orchestra, The Lionel Hampton Big Band

1991 - 2004 Booking Billy Cobham

Billy Cobham, Ian Gillan Band, The Original Blues Brothers Band, John Lurie Lounge Lizards, The Johnny Thompson Singers, Aki Takase, Jasper van’t Hof Pili Pili, Michel Petrucciani

1990 - 2007 Booking jazz legend Joe Zawinul

Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate, Jaco Pastorius Trio, Timna Brauer & Eli Meiri feat. Jojo Mayer, Willy de Ville, Giorgio Conte, Roger Chapman & The Shortlist, Antonio Forcione & Eduardo Niebla

Last tour of the legendary master of Tango Astor Piazolla

Astor Piazzolla & Mantova Quartet, John Scofield, Sam Rivers Trio, Steve Lacy, Archie Shepp, Jonas Hellborg & Jojo Mayer …

Continue booking

Don Cherry & Trilok Gurtu, Han Bennink & Willem Breuker, Due Due feat. Muthspiel Brothers a.m.o

Strong Collaborations

Bergisel Pfingstfestival Innsbruck - (Miles Davis, Vasco Rossi,Udo Lindenberg, Paco de Lucia & John McLaughlin), Al di Meola(Solo), James Blood Ulmer,  Konstantin Wecker, Irakere, Willem Breuker Kollektief, Ernst Reijseger, Last Exit, Chico Hamilton, Antonio Forcione & Eduardo Niebla, The Intergalactic Maiden Ballett(Jojo Mayer, T.Jordi, H.Härter, R.Philipp)

Expanding Business

Five year after it's founding, business expanded and was moved to Austria. The booking list of basitours now included the musicians Sam Rivers, Han Bennink & Willem Breuker, Archie Shepp, Abdullah Ibrahim and Don Cherry.

Continue acting as Promoter

Shannon Jackson Decoding Society, Klaus Doldinger’s Passport, Jango Edwards, Xero Slingsby, Grupo Sportivo, Toshinoro Kondo, Curlew, James Newton & Gery Allen

As Promoter

Start to promoter performances such as Weather Report (Domino Theory), Joe Cocker & Band, The Stars of Faith

Continue working with Swiss Bands

Donkey Kongs Multi Scream, Lucio Dalla, Konstantin Wecker & Team Musikon, Chi Coltrane, Peach Weber, Switzerband & Polo Hofer, Alice & Band

Working with Swiss Bands

Shivananda, Slickaphonics, Climax Blues Band, Tony Ashton, Dr. Feelgood, Restless, Supercharge, Polo Hofer & Schmetterband, Stu Goldberg, Gurk Sauer Lobby, Kjol, Pirchner & Pepl

The Founding

Peter Basler founded his firm basitours in 1981. He began work as a local promoter in Zofingen, Switzerland. Basitours promoted shows for the like of Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), Billy Cobham, Konstantin Wecker, Joe Cocker, Polo Hofer, Alice, Jango Edwards, Weather Report and many others.

We enjoyed working with
  • Abdulla lbrahim (Dollar Brand)
  • Airto Moreira
  • Aki Takase
  • Al di Meola
  • Al Jarreau
  • Al McKay Earth, Wind & Fire Experience
  • Alice
  • amo
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Antonio Forcione
  • Archie Shepp
  • Astor Piazzolla
  • Billy Cobham
  • Birgit Steinegger
  • Blues Brothers Band
  • Bob James
  • Bob Mintzer
  • Bootsy Collins
  • Brian Bromberg
  • Bucks
  • Candy Dutfer
  • Chick Corea
  • Chico & lhe Gypsies
  • Chico Hamilton
  • Chris de Burgh
  • Climax Blues Band Restless
  • Courtney Pine
  • Dave Brubeck
  • Depart
  • Don Cherry
  • Donkey Kongs Multi Scream
  • Dr. Feelgood
  • Dr. Umezu
  • Dwayne Dopsie & The Hellraisers
  • Eddie Harris
  • Edoardo Bennato
  • Eduardo Niebla
  • Eric Truffaz
  • Ernie Watts
  • Ernst Reijseger
  • Erykah Badu
  • Flora Purim
  • George Clinton
  • Gerardo Nunez
  • Giora Feidmann
  • Gretie Bijma
  • Grupo Sportivo
  • Gurk Sauer Lobby
  • Han Bennink
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Human Element (S. Kinsey, A. Tuncboyacian, M. Garrison, G. Novak)
  • Ian Gillan Band
  • Intergalactic Maidenballett
  • Irakere
  • Jaco Pastorius
  • James "Btood" Utmer
  • Jamie Collum
  • Jango Edwards
  • Jean-Luc Ponty
  • Jethro Tull
  • Jigsaw
  • Joe Cocker
  • John Lurie
  • John Mayall
  • John McLaughlin
  • Johnny Melville
  • Jojo Mayer & Nerve
  • Jonas Hetlborg
  • Jose Feliciano
  • Kennedy Administration
  • Kjol
  • Kool & The Gang
  • Kris Kristofferson
  • Kyoto Jazzmassive
  • La Toya Jackson
  • Lalo Schifrin
  • Last Exit
  • Lenny White
  • Lionel Hampton Big Band
  • Lisa Stansfield
  • Maceo Parker
  • Macy Gray
  • Manhatten Transfer
  • Manu Dibango
  • Maria Glenn
  • Maria Joao
  • Maynard Ferguson
  • Michel Petruciani
  • Mike Mainieri
  • Miles Davis
  • Misha Mengetberg
  • Monty Alexander
  • Muthspiel & Muthspiel
  • Natalie Cole
  • Nicola Conte
  • Olé
  • Osibisa
  • Oz Noy
  • Paco de Lucia
  • Pedro Javier Gonzatez
  • Pepl & Pirchner
  • Polo Hofer Schmetterband
  • Poogie Bell
  • Quincy Jones
  • Randy Crawford
  • Ray Charles
  • Ricchi e Poveri
  • Richie Havens
  • Roger Chapmann
  • Ronald Shannon Jackson & Decoding Society
  • Salif Keita
  • Sam Rivers
  • Sergio Mendes
  • Shakti
  • Shivananda
  • Smokie
  • Sonny Emory
  • Sonny Sharrock
  • Scott Henderson Tribal Tech
  • Stanley Clarke
  • Stu Goldberg
  • Supercharge
  • Supermaxx
  • Suzi Quatro
  • The Clients Funk Society
  • The Prodigy
  • The Syndicate (former Joe Zawinul Syndicate)
  • Thomas C. Breuer
  • Tony Ashton
  • Tower of Power
  • Trilok Gurtu
  • Tuck & Patty
  • Udo Lindenberg
  • Umberto Tozzi
  • Vasco Rossi
  • Vera Kaa
  • Wayne Krantz
  • Weather Girls
  • Weather Report
  • Wilem Breuker Kollektief
  • Willy de Ville
  • Wishbone Ash
  • Wynton Marsalis

To showcase our bookings in the past, we provide a list of shows on a separate page.

Previous Shows

In Deep Remembrance
Artist   Booking 
Victor Bailey 1960 - 2016 16 years
Joe Zawinul 1932 - 2007 17 years


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