Kansas City Seven

Kansas City Seven was a group of players pulled from Count Basie’s big band. Originally formed in the late 1930s, Count Basie re-formed the group again in the 1960s with (mostly) different personnel. For more information about the Kansas City Seven, see All About Jazz. Personnel on each song are listed below.

The Recordings

Lester Leaps Again

 record label Group: Kansas City Five
Label: Keynote Matrix Number: Keynote (1302)
Record Type: Double sided 12 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: March 22, 1944
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Personnel: “Prince Charming” (Count Basie), piano; Lester Young, tenor sax; Freddie Greene, guitar; Jo Jones, drums; Rodney Richardson, bass.

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After Theater Jump

 record label Group: Kansas City Seven
Label: Keynote Matrix Number: Keynote (1302)
Record Type: Double sided 12 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: March 22, 1944
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Personnel: Buck Clayton, trumpet; “Prince Charming” (Count Basie), piano; Lester Young, tenor sax; Jo Jones, drums; Dickie Wells, trombone; Freddie Greene, guitar; Rodney Richardson, bass;

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Destination KC

 record label Group: Kansas City Seven
Label: Keynote Matrix Number: Keynote (1303)
Record Type: Double sided 12 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: March 22, 1944
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Personnel: Count Basie (piano), Buck Clayton (trumpet), Lester Young (tenor sax), Jo Jones (drums), Dickie Wells (trombone), Freddie Greene (guitar), Rodney Richardson (bass). Count Basie is identified as “Prince Charming” on the label.

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Six Cats and a Prince

 record label Group: Kansas City Seven
Label: Keynote Matrix Number: Keynote (1303)
Record Type: Double sided 12 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: March 22, 1944
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Personnel: Count Basie (piano), Buck Clayton (trumpet), Lester Young (tenor sax), Jo Jones (drums), Dickie Wells (trombone), Freddie Greene (guitar), Rodney Richardson (bass). Count Basie is identified as “Prince Charming” on the label.

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