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Last of the Blue Devils

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Genre:Documentary
Release Date:January 1, 1980
Running time:90 minutes
Director:Bruce Ricker

Description: Last of the Blue Devils is an affectionate backward glance at the Kansas City blues scene of the 1930s. Established as a mecca for jazz musicians during the Prohibition Era, K.C. spawned some of the best musical talent of the era. The film's nostalgia is leavened with mild outrage in noting that, while many of the best blues men were permitted to strut their stuff before white audiences, none were allowed to utilize anything other than colored only facilities. Count Basie is the biggest name represented in the film, though this should not diminish the contribution of such dynamos as Big Joe Turner, Walter Page and Jay McShann. Last of the Blue Devils was produced and directed by Bruce Ricker, who later turned out a praiseworthy documentary on Thelonious Monk.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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