The Last of the Blue Devils

The Last of the Blue Devils

DVD - 2001
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A documentary recollection of music and musicians associated with Kansas City, Mo. in the 1930's, featuring Count Basie and his orchestra, Joe Turner, and Jay McShann.

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In 1979, some of the greatest players of American music history gathered in KCMO to celebrate their years together in the jazz nursery's embrace. Count Basie, people.


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ThomasJWhiting
Sep 09, 2019

VERY GOOD 1979 documentary of Kansas City (Missouri) jazz from 1930's which led the transition from big band to Bebop, etc. Kansas City became one of the most 'wide-open' American cities, in big part due to T.J. Pendergast, an American political big-city boss who controlled Kansas City and Jackson County, Missouri from 1925 to 1939.
The documentary has LOTS of fine blues and jazz music, both historical and from two musical gatherings of old Kansas City hands in 1974 at the Mutual Musicians Foundation, the Kansas City African-American Musician's Union, and consists largely of impromptu musical performances by Turner, Basie, Jay McShann, Jimmy Forrest, and Ernie Williams in various combinations, as well as film from a concert by the full Count Basie Orchestra at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
Also lots of fun to see/hear the 70's somewhat rambling vocal reminisces of those 30's players decades later.

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