For decades a fixture on the once-thriving Kansas City jazz scene, Booker T. Washington's most notable association was as a member of the influential Bennie Moten Orchestra -- a band that at various times also included such top-flight musicians as trumpeter Oran "Hot Lips" Page, tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, alto saxophonist Buster Smith, singer Jimmy Rushing, and pianist Count Basie. Washington's father and brother were musicians; he began playing gigs around Kansas City in the mid-'20s as a teenager. Washington played with Moten from 1929-1933. After leaving Moten, he played in Harlan Leonard's Rockets from 1933-1935, and with saxophonist LaForest Dent from 1936-1944. Washington was still active playing in and around Kansas City during the '70s.
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