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 76-100 of 105 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 76-100 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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