The Last of the Blue Devils

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Ricker's delightful documentary centres on a reunion in their old Musician's Hall of many of the great Kansas City blues and jazzmen as they joke and jam away a joyous time of reminiscence and musical celebration. Ricker skilfully interlaces the proceedings with archive footage of Basie, McShann, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins and many others, in eloquent illustration of the extraordinary influence these Kansas City men were to bring to bear. Simply one of the best musical documentaries ever made.

Release details

Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Bruce Ricker
Screenwriter: John Arnoldy, Bruce Ricker
Cast: Jo Jones
Joe Turner
Jay McShann
Baby Lovett
Speedy Huggins
Jesse Price
Eddie Durham
Count Basie
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