Video Release: August 14, 2001
Theatrical Release: 1979
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Kino on Video
- HiFi Sound
- Digitally Mastered
- Runtime: 90 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
This musical documentary chronicles the Kansas City blues and jazz scene, and includes interviews and archival footage of many of the greats, notably: the big-band sound of Count Basie and his Orchestra, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and his Quintet, and Ernie Williams -- who called himself "the last of the blue devils."
A magnificent documentary on a fabled time and place in American musical history, an "open city" with a wild and woolly nightlife of booze, gambling and prostitution, supported by the mayor who took his city and said "to hell with prohibition, let's party." Includes very high-caliber jazz.
Copyright 1979 the Last of the Blue Devils Film Co., John Kelly, Bruce Ricker and Edward Beyer.
Additional cast: Buddy Anderson, Speedy Huggins, Budd Johnson, Baby Lovett, Paul Quinichette, Herman Walder, Jimmy Forrest, Crook Goodwin, Curtis Foster, Paul Gunther, Sonny Kenner, Jesse Price, Buster Smith, Richard Smith, Claude Williams, Milton Morris.
Additional credits: John Arnoldy (script), Mitchell Donian (executive producer), Arnie Johnson (cinematographer), Eric Menn (cinematographer), Bob Gardener (cinematographer), Rocky Rude (sound), Wally Gaspar (sound).
Shown at the Chicago International Film Festival in November, 1979.