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Bennie Moten

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Bennie Moten is today best-remembered because the leader of the music group that partly became the nucleus of the initial Count number Basie Orchestra, but Moten deserves better. He was an excellent ragtime-oriented pianist who led the very best territory music group from the 1920s, an orchestra that basically set the typical for Kansas Town jazz. Actually it was therefore dominating that Moten could swallow up a few of his rivals’ organizations including Walter Page’s Blue Devils, the majority of whom ultimately became users of Moten’s big music group. Moten created his group (originally a sextet) in 1922 and the next year they produced their 1st recordings. Among Moten’s 1923-1925 edges for Okeh was the initial edition of his very best strike “South.” During 1926-1932, Moten’s Orchestra documented for Victor and, although non-e of his initial musicians became popular, the later improvements included his sibling Buster on periodic jazz accordion, Harlan Leonard, Jack port Washington, Eddie Durham, Jimmy Hurrying, Hot Lips Web page, and (beginning in 1929) Count number Basie. So impressed was Moten by Basie’s playing that Count number assumed the piano seat for recordings in the future (although in night clubs Moten would generally play an attribute or two). Probably the most popular Bennie Moten documenting program was also his last, ten tunes cut on Dec 13, 1932 that discovered the ensemble highly resembling Basie’s five years later on. Furthermore to Hot Lip area Web page, Durham, Washington, and Basie, the music group at that time also starred Ben Webster, Eddie Barefield, and Walter Web page and one from the high factors was the debut of “Moten Golf swing.” Tragically, Bennie Moten passed away in 1935 from a botched tonsillectomy procedure. Buster Moten briefly overran the music group, but a lot of its best members (alongside some important improvements like Lester Youthful) ultimately gravitated towards Count number Basie.

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Full Name Bennie Moten
Died April 2, 1935, Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Profession Bandleader, Jazz Pianist
Nationality American
Music Songs Prince of Wails, Band box shuffle, I Wish I Could Be Blue, Milenberg Joys, Elephant's Wobble, Rhumba Negro, When Life Seems So Blue, When I'm Alone, New Moten Stomp, Liza Lee, Kansas City Shuffle, Small Black, The new tulsa blues, Ya Got Love, Professor Hot Stuff, As Long as I Love You, Loose like a goose, Terrific stomp, New Vine Street Blues, That Too, Do, I Wanna Be Around My Baby All the Time, Now That I Need You, Moten Swing, Moten blues, Let's get it, The Only Girl I Ever Loved, Justrite, Kater Street Rag, It's Hard To Laugh Or Smile, Pass Out Lightly, Thick Lip Stomp, It Won't Be Long
Albums Bennie Moten 1926-27, Kansas City Swing, Kansas City Jazz Essentials, Bennie Moten 1930-32, Bennie Moten 1928-29, Jazz Foundations Vol. 4, Moten's Blues, Bennie Moten 1929-30, Complete Jazz Series 1927 - 1929, Top 55 Classics - The Very Best of Bennie Moten, Bennie Moten Selected Favorites, Vol. 1, Bennie Moten Selected Favorites Volume 2, Two Times, Everyday's Blues, Super Best, Professor Hot Stuff, Famous Jazz Instrumentalists, That Too Do, Moten Swing (The Best Of), Blue Moon, Complete Jazz Series 1923 - 1927, The Blue Room, Beyond Patina Jazz Masters: Bennie Moten Vol. 2, When I'm Alone (New York Jazz Collector Edition), The Bennie Moten Collection: 1923-32, The Great Jazz, Different, The Bennie Moten Collection 1923-32, Beyond Patina Jazz Masters: Bennie Moten Vol. 1, The One and Only: Bennie Moten, Oh! Eddie, The Best Classic Jazz, Bennie Moten Vol. 2, The Ultimate Jazz Archive (Vol. 33), Road Trip 1920's Style, 20.3012-HI: Siesta at the Fiesta (disc 1), Complete Jazz Series 1930 - 1932, Roaring 20's Revue Vol. 1, Moten Swing, Blue Lou Ain't Wrong, The Great Bennie Moten, Imagination, Jazz Legends: Bennie Moten, The Best Classic Jazz, Bennie Moten Vol. 1, Moten Swing And Stomp (Bennie Moten - Vol. 1)


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1 In his hometown of Red Bank, New Jersey, the Carlton Theater (which opened in 1926) on Monmouth Street was renamed the Count Basie Theatre in 1984 in his honor.
2 He was inducted into the 2010 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services and contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
3 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6508 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
4 He was nominated for the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services and contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
5 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 48-50. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
6 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1981.
7 Pictured on one of a set of four 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, issued 11 September 1996, celebrating big band leaders. Other singers honored in this issue are Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey; Glenn Miller; and Benny Goodman.
8 Jazz pianist and orchestra leader.
9 The Count Basie Orchestra included Lester Young.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records 2015 Documentary performer: "Red Bank Boogie" / writer: "Red Bank Boogie"
Agent Carter TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
42 2013 performer: "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?"
Gambit 2012/I writer: "One O'Clock Jump" - as William Basie
Ginger & Rosa 2012 performer: "L'il Darlin"
Paris-Manhattan 2012 performer: "Back to the Apple' / writer: "Back to the Apple' - as William basie
Independent Lens 2005-2012 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
L.A. Noire 2011 Video Game writer: "One O'Clock Jump" - as William Count Basie
The Music Never Stopped 2011 performer: "Kansas City"
BBC Swingin' Christmas 2010 TV Movie writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel 2009 Documentary music: "Blee Blop Blues" - as William Count Basie
An Education 2009 writer: "One O'clock Jump"
Nights in Rodanthe 2008 performer: "Moten Swing" / writer: "Jive At Five"
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Video Game performer: "April in Paris"
Cold Case TV Series writer - 1 episode, 2007 performer - 1 episode, 2005
The War 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who 2007 Documentary performer: "Oh Lonesome Me"
State of Mind 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Click 2006 performer: "With Plenty of Money and You" 1936
Rush: R30 2005 Video documentary writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
The Whole Ten Yards 2004 performer: "Are You Having Any Fun"
Paternal Instinct 2004 Documentary performer: "Anything Goes"
The Blues 2003 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 writer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside"
Frida 2002 writer: "Jumping at the Woodside" - as William Count Basie
The Salton Sea 2002 performer: "Brand New Wagon" / writer: "Brand New Wagon"
Pearl Harbor 2001 performer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside" / writer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside"
61* 2001 TV Movie performer: "The Kid From Red Bank"
Amy's Orgasm 2001 performer: "Hittin 12" - as Count Basie Big Band
Enigma 2001 writer: "One O'Clock Jump" 1933
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells 2000 TV Movie writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
O Cravo e a Rosa 2000 TV Series performer: "Tea For Two"
Lolita 1997 performer: "Royal Garden Blues"
Out to Sea 1997 writer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside" 1938
The English Patient 1996 music: "One O'Clock Jump" 1933 - as William "Count" Basie
Swingers 1996 performer: "With Plenty of Money and You"
Get Shorty 1995 performer: "Are You Havin' Any Fun"
The Grass Harp 1995 writer: "ONE O'CLOCK JUMP" - as William Basie
The Tuskegee Airmen 1995 TV Movie writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
Le confessionnal 1995 performer: "Dark rapture", "Blue and sentimental" / writer: "Blue and sentimental"
Baseball 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 4 episodes
Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music 1993 Documentary writer: "One O'Clock Jump'
Swing Kids 1993 writer: "JUMPIN' AT THE WOODSIDE", "SHOUT AND FEEL IT"
Malcolm X 1992 performer: "Undecided Blues", "The Jitters", "Feedin' The Bean" / writer: "Feedin' The Bean"
Zebrahead 1992 writer: "Jump for Me"
Alice 1990 performer: "Flight of the Foo Birds" 1957
Harlem Nights 1989 performer: "One O'clock Jump" / writer: "One O'clock Jump"
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 performer: "Hey Lawdy Mama"
Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 "Back to the Apple"
Buddy Rich and His Band: Channel One Suite 1985 writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can 1982 "I GUESS I'LL HAVE TO CHANGE MY PLAN"
Zoot Suit 1981 writer: "Two O'Clock Jump" - uncredited
Inside Moves 1980 performer: "Captain Bligh" / writer: "Captain Bligh"
Raging Bull 1980 music: "Two O'Clock Jump" 1939
Stardust Memories 1980 music: "One O'Clock Jump" 1933
The First 40 Years 1980 TV Special writer: "Two O'Clock Jump" - uncredited
Wanda Nevada 1979 writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1978 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Gong Show 1976 TV Series music: "One O'Clock Jump", "Jumpin' at the Woodside"
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People 1976 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary performer: "Shout and Feel It" 1937 / writer: "Shout and Feel It" 1937
Slither 1973 "One O'Clock Jump"
Emma Zunz 1966 Short "Blues Inside Out"
Made in Paris 1966 performer: "Skol Sister", "Goof Proof"
Sex and the Single Girl 1964 performer: "Anniversary Song", "What Is This Thing Called Love?"
The Lively Ones TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1963 writer - 1 episode, 1963
The Errand Boy 1961 music: "Blues in Hoss' Flat" - uncredited
Startime 1960 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jamboree! 1957 music: "One O'Clock Jump"
M Squad 1957 TV Series writer: "Theme From M Squad"
The Nat King Cole Show 1957 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Benny Goodman Story 1956 writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
Rhythm and Blues Revue 1955 Documentary writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
Show Time at the Apollo TV Series writer - 1 episode performer - 1 episode
Mother Is a Freshman 1949 music: "One O'Clock Jump" - uncredited
Killer Diller 1948 music: "Basie Boogie"
Rockin' in the Rockies 1945 writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
Night Club Girl 1945 music: "One O'Clock Jump" - uncredited
You Can't Ration Love 1944 music: "One O'Clock Jump"
Hi'ya, Sailor 1943 writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
Top Man 1943 music: "Basie Boogie"
I Dood It 1943 music: "One O'Clock Jump" 1937
Best Foot Forward 1943 writer: "Two O'Clock Jump" 1939
Clancy Street Boys 1943 writer: "One O'Clock Jump" 1933
Reveille with Beverly 1943 writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
Springtime in the Rockies 1942 writer: "Two O'Clock Jump"
Take Me Back, Baby 1941 Short writer: "Take Me Back, Baby"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trilogie De Tragedie 2016 musician
M Squad 1958-1960 TV Series composer - 79 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blazing Saddles 1974 Count Basie
Made in Paris 1966 Count Basie - Leader of His Orchestra
Here's Edie 1963 TV Series
Cinderfella 1960 Count Basie
Show Time at the Apollo 1955 TV Series Orchestra Leader
Basie's Boogie 1945 Short as Count Basie and His Orchestra
Choo Choo Swing 1943 Short as Count Basie and His Band
Crazy House 1943 Count Basie (as Count Basie and His Orchestra)
Top Man 1943 Orchestra Leader
Stage Door Canteen 1943 Conductor of the Count Basie Orchestra
Hit Parade of 1943 1943 Conductor of the Count Basie Orchestra
Reveille with Beverly 1943 Orchestra Leader
Air Mail Special 1941 Short
Policy Man 1938

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Killer Diller 1948

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Every Day 2010 thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
America's Book of Secrets 2013 TV Series Himself
Improvisation 2004 Himself
Copenhagen Jazz Festival 1985 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 5th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1984 TV Special Himself
Salute! 1983 TV Series Himself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1982 TV Series Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1981 TV Special documentary Himself - Honoree
The Man and His Music 1981 TV Movie Himself - Pianist
The Grammy Hall of Fame 1981 TV Movie Himself
Count Basie at Carnegie Hall 1981 TV Movie Himself
The Big Show 1980 TV Series Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1979 TV Special Himself
The Last of the Blue Devils 1979 Documentary Himself
Big Band Bash 1978 TV Movie Himself
The 20th Annual Grammy Awards 1978 TV Special Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1963-1977 TV Series Himself
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People 1976 TV Series Himself
John Denver and Friend 1976 TV Special Himself
Piano Party 1976 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1963-1976 TV Series Themselves / Himself - Musician / Himself
The Royal Variety Performance 1975 TV Movie Himself
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Himself
Iltatähti 1973 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly 1973 TV Special Himself
Timex All-Star Swing Festival 1972 TV Special Himself
...And Beautiful II 1970 TV Movie Himself - Pianist
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
BBC Show of the Week 1968-1969 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Himself
Newport Jazz Festival 1968 TV Special Himself
The Jerry Lewis Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963-1967 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-1967 TV Series Himself - Band Leader / Himself / Band Leader
Center Stage 1967 TV Mini-Series Himself - Pianist
The Jackie Gleason Show 1966 TV Series Himself
The Andy Williams Show 1965-1966 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1965 TV Series Himself - Pianist
Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine 1965 TV Series Himself - Guest Jazz Performer
That Regis Philbin Show 1965 TV Series Himself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1964 TV Series Himself - Leader of His Orchestra
The Jerry Lewis Show 1963 TV Series Himself - Bandleader
Sarah Sings & Basie Swings 1963 TV Movie Himself
The Lively Ones 1963 TV Series Himself - Performer
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself - Orchestra Leader
The DuPont Show of the Week 1961 TV Series Himself
The Garry Moore Show 1960-1961 TV Series Himself
Astaire Time 1960 TV Movie Himself
Startime 1960 TV Series Himself
Sunday Showcase 1959 TV Series Himself - Recipient
The Milton Berle Show 1959 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1956-1958 TV Series Himself - Bandleader / Himself - Pianist / Himself - Conductor
The Big Record 1957 TV Series Himself
The Seven Lively Arts 1957 TV Series Himself
The Julius LaRosa Show 1957 TV Series Himself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1955-1957 TV Series Himself - Guest Jazz Pianist / Himself - Guest Conductor
The Nat King Cole Show 1957 TV Series Himself - Pianist
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1957 TV Series Himself
Basin Street Revue 1956 Himself
Rhythm and Blues Revue 1955 Documentary Himself
Music 55 1955 TV Series documentary Himself
Show Time at the Apollo 1955 TV Series Himself - Orchestra Leader
Nothing But the Best 1953 TV Series Himself
'Sugar Chile' Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Sextet 1951 Short Himself
Cavalcade of Bands 1950 TV Series Himself (with the Count Basie Orchestra)
Adventures in Jazz 1949 TV Series Himself
Take Me Back, Baby 1941 Short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Great Day in Harlem 1994 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music 1993 Documentary Himself - Performer
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame 1993 TV Special documentary Himself
The Ladies Sing the Blues 1989 Himself
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
Black Music in America: From Then Till Now 1971 Documentary short Himself
Ebony Parade 1947 Himself
My Music: Starlight Ballroom 2015 TV Movie Himself
Jazz Legends in Their Own Words 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
How Playboy Changed the World 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Io sono Tony Scott, ovvero come l'Italia fece fuori il più grande clarinettista del jazz 2010 Documentary Himself
Love Letters in the Sands of Time 2010 TV Movie Himself
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel 2009 Documentary Himself
Pioneers of Television 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Jazz Giants of the 20th Century 2007 Video documentary Himself
Harlem Renaissance 2004 Video documentary
My Kinda People 2003 TV Movie Himself
Strangers in the Night: The Bert Kaempfert Story 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Blues 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Georgie Fame 60 år 2003 TV Movie
Playboy: The Party Continues 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Rat Pack 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years 1998 Video documentary Himself
Great Performances 1998 TV Series Himself
Masters of American Music 1995 TV Mini-Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1982 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on January 27, 1982 at 6508 Hollywood Blvd.
1959 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Jazz Performance, Group For the album "Basie."


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