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KayCee Masterpiece:A celebration of the Blues

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The Kansas City Sound is basically the blues, but, played with an attitude:

A cadre of jazz musicians transformed the traditional blues  sound into a new frame work, i.e., blue and sentimental, kind of blue, fine and mellow, and jumping the blues. Count Basie commented, "I always called it Swing. John Hammond heard it, and the rest is history; if you include the likes of "Bird," Jay McShann, "Fiddler" Williams and further East on I-70, Miles, Clark Terry, John Hicks...

Related Links:
Jelly Roll Morton: "Jelly Blues"
Joe Turner "Shake , Rattle & Roll.
Jimmy Lunceford, 
"Rhythm Is Our Business

The Legacy: Count Basie

Count Plays Duke
Grover  Mitchell

of the 
Playing "I Remember 
Clifford"  Lyrics
By the Lone  Arranger

Joe Williams 1918--1999


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1996, 1999 Large Jazz Ensemble
Grammy Winners
The Players
The Road Tour
And All That Jazz
Musically speaking, the Southland gave birth to the blues.But the road to Swing began in Kansas City where the word was:

"Rhythm is our business
Rhythm is what we sell;
And business sure is swell. . ."

Going to Kansas City,
Sorry that I can't take you!"
It was a music thing; an all-out, all -night celebration of  the blues. in Chicago, Al Capone applauded it; in Kansas City, Boss Pendergast
sanctioned. it. Blues, booze, brothels, it was a  happening place ,during a happy time.! 
Jay McShann and "Bird" Parker
played the "Hootie Blues" Bird  would  later add  a "Confirmation." 
Credits & Cool Links
1.  .Mama Records
2.   Count Basie Enterprises, Inc.
3.  Kansas City Jazz Museum

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Harlem, I hear you!