Kansas City style

Pre-swing and swing music from Midwestern and Southwestern bands that emphasized larger ensembles, saxophone sections, the blues, riff melodies, and strong walking bass.

Count Basie, "Swingin' the Blues" (1941)

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A scale; the first note of a scale.

kick it off

To set a tempo and start a performance by "stomping" it off, or otherwise signaling it.


An exciting (or difficult to play) piece of music (swing era).

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