Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra

Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra

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In the late 1920s, Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra was the most sucessful Jazz band of the Midwest. The band toured all over the country and had a top selling recording in 1927 for Victor named "South". In 1929, the young Count Basie of The Blue Devils joined the band, and several other members of that band soon followed. Among them were bass player Walter Page, trumpeter Hot Lips Page, vocalist Jimmy Rushing and guitarist Eddie Durham (the first guitarist to experiment with proto-amplifiers, in the solo of Band Box Shuffle in October 1929).

The acquisition of all these members of the Blue Devils caused the exodus of long-time Moten Band members Thamon Hayes and Harlan Leonard, who founded their own ensemble.

When Moten hired Ben Webster and Eddie Barefield in 1932, the modernization of the band was complete. Later that same year, Moten recorded Moten's Swing, one of the first recordings to use a riff, the foundation of Kansas City jazz.

Count Basie took over the band after Moten's death in 1935.
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Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Discography

Albums

LVA-3025, LVA 3025 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Benny Moten's Kansas City Jazz, Volume 2(10", Mono) "X", "X" LVA-3025, LVA 3025 US 1954 Sell This Version
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Jazz* Treasury Of Jazz N° 12 RCA France 1962 Sell This Version
HDL108 Benne Moten And His Kansas City Orchestra* Moten Stomp(LP) Halcyon Records (3) HDL108 UK 1986 Sell This Version
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Featuring Count Basie Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Featuring Count Basie - Kansas City Orchestra (1929-1932) Basie Beginnings (Comp, Album) Bluebird (3) US 1989 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

20485 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Kansas City Shuffle / Yazoo Blues(Shellac, 10", Single) Victor 20485 US 1926 Sell This Version
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra / Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra / Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers - Moten Stomp / Blue Guitar Stomp Victor US 1927 Sell This Version
21584 Benny Moten's Kansas City Orchestra* / Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers Benny Moten's Kansas City Orchestra* / Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers - The New Tulsa Blues / The Petter's Stomp(Shellac, 10") Victor 21584 US 1928 Sell This Version
V-38048 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra / Earl Hines And His Orchestra Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra / Earl Hines And His Orchestra - Sad Man Blues / Have You Ever Felt That Way?(Shellac, 10") Victor V-38048 US 1929 Sell This Version
V-38081 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra That's What I'm Talking About / Terrific Stomp(Shellac, 10") Victor V-38081 US 1929 Sell This Version
V-38072 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Moten's Blues / Let's Get It(Shellac, 10") Victor V-38072 US 1929 Sell This Version
V-38037 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra It's Hard To Laugh Or Smile / Tough Breaks(Shellac, 10") Victor V-38037 US 1929 Sell This Version
V-38091 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Kansas City Squabble / New Goofy Dust(Shellac, 10") Victor V-38091 US 1929 Sell This Version
V-38012 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Slow Motion / Hot Water Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor V-38012 US 1929 Sell This Version
V-38114 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Sweetheart Of Yesterday / Mary Lee(Shellac, 10") Victor V-38114 US 1930 Sell This Version
23342 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Small Black / Rit-Dit-Ray(Shellac, 10", Mono) Victor 23342 US 1932 Sell This Version
22958 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra / Washboard Rhythm Kings Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra / Washboard Rhythm Kings - Oh! Eddie One Step/Pepper Steak(Shellac, 10") Victor 22958 US 1932 Sell This Version
B-5585 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Blue Room / Milenberg Joys(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5585 US 1934 Sell This Version
B-6431 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra / Fess Williams And His Royal Flush Orchestra Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra / Fess Williams And His Royal Flush Orchestra - It's Hard To Laugh Or Smile / Hot Town(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6431 US 1936 Sell This Version
B-6711 Bennie Moten And His Kansas City Orchestra* Won't You Be My Baby? / Now That I Need You(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6711 US 1936 Sell This Version
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orch.* South (Sur) / She's No Trouble (Ella No Molesta) Victor US 1947 Sell This Version
47-2956 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra / Bunny Berigan And His Orchestra* Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra / Bunny Berigan And His Orchestra* - South / Frankie And Johnnie(7", RE) RCA Victor 47-2956 US 1949 Sell This Version
447-0880 Earl Hines And His Orchestra / Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Earl Hines And His Orchestra / Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra - Boogie Woogie On St Louis Blues(7", Single) RCA Victor 447-0880 US Unknown Sell This Version
B-8228 Washboard Rhythm Kings, Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Washboard Rhythm Kings, Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra - Many Happy Returns Of The Day/It's Hard To Laugh Or Smile(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8228 US Unknown Sell This Version
DC-17 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra / Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra / Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra - Toby / Mississippi Basin(Shellac, 10") Victor Dance Record Club DC-17 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
B-5585 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Blue Room / Milenberg Joys(Shellac, 10", RE) Bluebird (3) B-5585 US Unknown Sell This Version

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