Bennie Moten

Benjamin Moten (November 13, 1893 – April 2, 1935) was an American jazz pianist and band leader born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, United States.

He led his 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. The jazz standard "Moten Swing" bears his name.

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 101-106 of 106 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
Brunswick DAL1070 10-in. 4/26/1940 South Light Crust Doughboys String band composer  
(Results 101-106 of 106 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Moten, Bennie," accessed June 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104807.

Moten, Bennie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104807.

"Moten, Bennie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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