Al Basile is a poet, singer/songwriter and cornetist. He began his musical career as a cornet player withRoomful of Bluesin 1973, and has worked with theDuke Robillard Band since 1990, appearing on twelve CDs and a DVD; his songs have been used in films and television and covered by such artists asRuth Brown. He has nine solo blues and roots CDs under his own name. He has been nominated twice, in 2010 and 2012, for a Blues Music Award as best horn player. While hundreds of his songs have been published since the 1960’s, he began publishing poetry and fiction in recent years.