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

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Recordings (Results 26-50 of 105 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 105 records)

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104807

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