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The Last of the Blue Devils, The Kansas City Jazz history, is a documentary film of 1979 with notable figures in the history of jazz in Kansas City starring Count Basie and Big Joe Turner. The film was produced and directed by Bruce Ricker.
The film was made in a two musical encounters old hands of Kansas City in 1974 and consists largely spontaneous musical performances by Turner, Basie, Jay McShann, Jimmy Forrest, and Ernie Williams in various combinations, as well as film of a concert by the full orchestra of Count Basie at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
Blue Devils title were the Oklahoma City Blue Devils a traveling band of the 1930s, founded by bassist Walter Page, which included Basie, Lester Young, Buster Smith and Oran "Hot Lips" Page. Many of the same musicians in the orchestra ended Bennie Moten which ultimately became the Count Basie band.
Songs in the film include "One O'Clock Jump", "Honey Hush", "Rose Garden", "Chains of Love", "Shake, Rattle and Roll" and the performance of the Basie Orchestra "Night Train with "a long improvisation on tenor sax by the writer of the song, Jimmy Forrest.