|Genres:||Big Band & Swing Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||jazz piano piano jazz swing kansas city swing jazz piano|
|Decades:||1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||Biography Biography Wikipedia|
Benjamin Moten, 13 November 1894, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 2 April 1935, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. In his youth, Moten gained a substantial reputation in and around his home town as a pianist; by 1920 he had become an established and respected band leader. His unit, originally a small outfit, gradually expanded until it was a big band ready to take advantage of the upsurge in interest in this kind of ensemble. As a pianist and an accomplished arranger, Moten deftly blended New Orleans concepts into the freewheeling style popular in the Midwest. Beginning its recording career in 1923, the band built a reputation far afield, and residencies in New York followed. Moten attracted many excellent musicians until his was the outstanding band of the region. Some of the best men were poached from Walter Pages Blue Devils, among them Bill (not yet Count) Basie, Oran Hot Lips Page, Eddie Durham and Jimmy Rushing.