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 The Count Basie Orchestra -- Grover Mitchell

1999  Large Jazz Ensemble Grammy Winner

The Kansas City Sound was basically  the blues with an attitude.Traditional blues were energized within a new blues mode: pulsating fine and mellow, blue and sentimental, kinda blue, and jumping the blues. CountBasie  commented, "I always called it swing." 

The road to swing music began in Kansas City, MO. A cadre of jazz musicians, most of whom,  have become Jazz legends. They honed their craft in KayCee: took the  blues played with an attitude; tipping' in, rompin', stompin' turned it into a new note; articulating a new music. Basie honed it: John Hammond, Columbia Recording producer, heard it. From blues to bebop; Anita O'Day, Frank Wess, Bird Parker--received more than a name from this 18th & Vine St. environment.  And yet,  further East on I-70,  Miles Dewey Davis, Clark Terry, John Hicks, Ernie Wilkens. St Louis, too,but KayCee was Swing! Joe Turner knew it.


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