Planet D Nonet

Kings of Kansas City Swing: Bennie Moten & Count Basie

Eastlawn #032

Detroit's award-winning swing band, the Planet D Nonet recorded a live concert at the Scarab Club on a Sunday in May of 2017, paying tribute to Bennie Moten (1894 – 1935), a jazz pianist and band leader born in Kansas City, Missouri. His Kansas City Orchestra, was considered 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.

"By 1928 Moten's piano was showing some boogie-woogie influences, but the real revolution came in 1929 when he recruited Count Basie, Walter Page and Oran 'Hot Lips' Page. Walter Page's walking bass lines gave the music an entirely new feel compared to the 2/4 tuba of his predecessor Vernon Page, colored by Basie's understated, syncopated piano fills. Another boon to the band was adding Jimmy Rushing as their primary vocalist." (wikipedia)

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