"You'd hear some cat play, and somebody would say 'This cat, he sounds like he is from Kansas City.' It was Kansas City Style. They knew it on the East Coast. They knew it on the West Coast. They knew it up North and they knew it down South." --Jay McShann, 2003
Chuck Redd and company take on the Kansas City style—relaxed, riffing, up-tempo, suffused with the blues-—pioneered by Walter Page's Blue Devils and Benny Moten's orchestra in the late 1920s and brought to national
Kansas City Swings
is one of 6 OFAM 2022 concerts presented twice:
Matinee: Thu, July 28, 1:30 pm
Evening: Thu, Aug 4, 7:30 pm
prominence in the mid-'30s by the likes of Ben Webster, Andy Kirk, Hot Lips Page, Lester Young, Mary Lou Williams, Big Joe Turner, Jay McShann, and, of course, Count Basie. Look for iconic pieces such as "Moten Swing", "One-O'Clock Jump", "Hot Water Blue", and "Jumpin' At The Woodside" among many others.