Bennie Moten

Benjamin "Bennie" Moten (November 13, 1894 – April 2, 1935) was an American jazz pianist and band leader born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri.

He led the Kansas City Orchestra, the most important of the regional, blues-based orchestras active in the Midwest in the 1920s, and helped to develop the riffing style that would come to define many of the 1930s Big Bands.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 13, 1894 (Kansas City), Died April 2, 1935 (Kansas City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, director, leader, piano, songwriter, arranger

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-37232 10-in. 12/13/1926 Thick lip stomp Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-37233 10-in. 12/13/1926 Harmony blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-37234 10-in. 12/13/1926 Kansas City shuffle Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-37235 10-in. 12/13/1926 Yazoo blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-37236 10-in. 12/13/1926 White lightnin' blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-37237 10-in. 12/14/1926 Muscle Shoals blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-37238 10-in. 12/14/1926 Midnight mama Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BVE-37239 10-in. 12/14/1926 Missouri wobble Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-38667 10-in. 6/11/1927 Sugar Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-38668 10-in. 6/11/1927 Dear heart Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-38669 10-in. 6/11/1927 The new Tulsa blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-38670 10-in. 6/11/1927 Baby dear Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet composer, director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-38671 10-in. 6/11/1927 12th Street rag Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-38672 10-in. 6/12/1927 Pass out lightly Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-38673 10-in. 6/12/1927 Ding-dong blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-38674 10-in. 6/12/1927 Moten stomp Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-42924 10-in. 9/6/1928 Justrite Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-42925 10-in. 9/6/1928 It's hard to laugh or smile Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-42926 10-in. 9/6/1928 Slow motion Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-42927 10-in. 9/6/1928 Tough breaks Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-42928 10-in. 9/7/1928 Sad man blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-42929 10-in. 9/7/1928 Kansas City breakdown Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-42930 10-in. 9/7/1928 Trouble in mind Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-42931 10-in. 9/7/1928 Hot water blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-42932 10-in. 9/7/1928 When life seems so blue Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-42933 10-in. 9/7/1928 Get low-down blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with vocal effects director, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-42934 10-in. 9/7/1928 She's no trouble Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-42935 10-in. 9/7/1928 South Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BRC-53012 10-in. 4/15/1931 Ya got love Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BVE-55420 10-in. 7/16/1929 Terrific stomp Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-55421 10-in. 7/16/1929 Let's get it Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-55422 10-in. 7/16/1929 Kansas City squabble Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-55423 10-in. 7/17/1929 Rite tite Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-55424 10-in. 7/17/1929 Moten's blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-55425 10-in. 7/17/1929 That's what I'm talking about Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-55426 10-in. 7/17/1929 That certain motion Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-55427 10-in. 7/17/1929 It won't be long Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-55428 10-in. 7/18/1929 Loose like a goose Bennie Moten ; Buster Moten Piano duet, with clarinet and traps instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BVE-55429 10-in. 7/18/1929 Just say it's me Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-55430 10-in. 7/18/1929 Now goofy dust Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-55431 10-in. 7/18/1929 Michigan rag Bennie Moten ; Buster Moten Piano duet instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-57301 10-in. 10/23/1929 Rumba negro Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, composer  
Victor BVE-57302 10-in. 10/23/1929 The Jones Law blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-57303 10-in. 10/23/1929 Band box shuffle Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-57304 10-in. 10/23/1929 Small black Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-57305 10-in. 10/23/1929 Everyday blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-57312 10-in. 10/24/1929 Boot it Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-57313 10-in. 10/24/1929 Mary Lee Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-57314 10-in. 10/24/1929 Rit-dit-ray Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, director  
Victor BVE-57315 10-in. 10/24/1929 New Vine Street blues Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-57316 10-in. 10/24/1929 Sweetheart of yesterday Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-62909 10-in. 10/27/1930 Won't you be my baby? Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, director  
Victor BVE-62910 10-in. 10/28/1930 I wish I could be blue! Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-62911 10-in. 10/28/1930 Oh! Eddie Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-62912 10-in. 10/28/1930 That too, do Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, director  
Victor BVE-62913 10-in. 10/28/1930 Mack's rhythm Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-62914 10-in. 10/28/1930 You make me happy Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-62915 10-in. 10/28/1930 Here comes Marjorie Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-62916 10-in. 10/28/1930 The count Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-62921 10-in. 10/29/1930 Liza Lee Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-62922 10-in. 10/30/1930 Get goin' (Get ready to love) Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-62923 10-in. 10/30/1930 Professor Hot Stuff Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-62924 10-in. 10/30/1930 When I'm alone Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, director  
Victor BVE-62925 10-in. 10/30/1930 New Moten stomp Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, director  
Victor BVE-62926 10-in. 10/30/1930 As long as I love you Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, director  
Victor BVE-62927 10-in. 10/31/1930 Somebody stole my gal Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BVE-62928 10-in. 10/31/1930 Now that I need you Count Basie ; Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, songwriter  
Victor BVE-62929 10-in. 10/31/1930 Bouncin' round Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BVE-62930 10-in. 10/31/1930 Break a day schuffle Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band director, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BRC-68900 10-in. 4/15/1931 I wanna be around my baby all the time Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-74846 10-in. 12/13/1932 Toby Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BS-74847 10-in. 12/13/1932 Moten's swing Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
Victor BS-74848 10-in. 12/13/1932 Blue room Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BS-74849 10-in. 12/13/1932 Imagination Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio leader  
Victor BS-74850 10-in. 12/13/1932 New Orleans Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-74851 10-in. 12/13/1932 The only girl I ever loved Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio leader  
Victor BS-74852 10-in. 12/13/1932 Milenberg joys Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BS-74853 10-in. 12/13/1932 Lafayette Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BS-74854 10-in. 12/13/1932 Prince of Wales Count Basie ; Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with piano leader, arranger  
Victor BS-74855 10-in. 12/13/1932 Two times Josephine Garrison ; Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-056414 10-in. 9/30/1940 South Two Guitars and a Bass Male vocal trio, with 2 guitars and string bass composer  
Victor D7VB-0908 10-in. 5/22/1947 South Count Basie Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 142213 10-in. 5/17/1926 18th Street strut Joe Candullo ; Everglades Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh 8456 10-in. Sept. 1923 Ill natured blues Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra ; Ada Brown Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8457 10-in. Sept. 1923 Chattanooga blues Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra ; Mary H. Bradford Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8458 10-in. Sept. 1923 Evil mama blues Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra ; Ada Brown Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8459 10-in. Sept. 1923 Elephant's wobble Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
OKeh 8460 10-in. Sept. 1923 Crawdad blues Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
OKeh 8461 10-in. Sept. 1923 Selma Bama blues Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra ; Mary H. Bradford Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8462 10-in. Sept. 1923 Break o' day blues Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra ; Ada Brown Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8463 10-in. Sept. 1923 Waco, Texas blues Mary H. Bradford ; Bennie Moten ; Lamar Wright Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 8769 10-in. 11/29/1924 South Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
OKeh 8770 10-in. Nov. 1924 Vine Street blues Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8771 10-in. Nov. 1924 Tulsa blues Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
OKeh 8772 10-in. Nov. 1924 Goofy dust Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
OKeh 8773 Not documented Nov. 1924 [Unknown title(s)] Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 8774 10-in. Nov. 1924 Baby dear Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
OKeh 9118 10-in. May 1925 She's sweeter than sugar (That gal o' mine) Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra ; William Little, Jr. Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, songwriter  
OKeh 9119 10-in. May 1925 South Street blues Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 9120 10-in. May 1925 Sister Honky Tonk Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
OKeh 9121 10-in. May 1925 As I like it Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
OKeh 9122 Not documented May 1925 [Unknown title(s)] Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 9123 10-in. May 1925 18th Street strut Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 9124 10-in. May 1925 Things seem so blue to me Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
OKeh 9125 10-in. May 1925 Kater Street rag Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Moten, Bennie," accessed August 10, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104807.

Moten, Bennie. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 10, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104807.

"Moten, Bennie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 10 August 2022.

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