Benjamin "Bennie" Moten (Novem – April 2, ) was an American jazz pianist and band leader born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. But the Bennie Moten Orchestra would soon build upon its earliest recordings to develop a distinct Kansas City style of jazz that later dominated the jazz. Profile: In the late s, Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra was the most successful Jazz band of the Midwest. The band toured all over. Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra was the most successful Jazz band of the Midwest. The band toured all over the country and had a top selling recording. The period from s to the early s is [in my opinion] the best sound in Jazz around. I love everything about the jazz of this era. Bennie Moten is. Bennie Moten, (born Novem, Kansas City, Missouri, included the songs “Toby” and “Moten Swing,” exemplified Kansas City orchestral jazz. Ken Burns jazz: the story of America's music by Ken Burns(Recording) 8 editions published in in English and held by WorldCat member libraries. In December , Kansas City's Bennie Moten Orchestra recorded ten the one place in Kansas City to get the new blues and jazz recordings. The Bennie Moten band lacked get-off soloists and a strong vocalist. great era of Kansas City jazz and launched Count Basie's career as a band leader. Find top songs and albums by Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra including Milenberg Joys, Kansas City Shuffle and Moten Swing; Kansas City Jazz ·