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Blue City

The movie Blue City was based on the book Blue City.

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Movie details for Blue City

The movie was released in 1986 and directed by Bruce Ricker. Blue City was produced by Rhapsody Films. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include Lester Young, Big Joe Turner, Gene Ramey, Curtis Foster, Jo Jones (II), Charlie Parker, Jesse Price, Buster Smith, Max Roach, Herman Walder, Paul Gunther, Charles McPherson, Eddie Durham, Jimmy Forrest, Count Basie, Richard Smith (II), Paul Quinichette, Jay McShann, Ernie Williams and Sonny Kenner.

 

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Kansas City in the 1930s was a wild, wide-open place. Under political boss Tom Pendergast, the booze flowed freely, prostitution and gambling flourished, and the Depression pretty much passed the city by, making it an ideal spawning ground for some gre... Read More
Kansas City in the 1930s was a wild, wide-open place. Under political boss Tom Pendergast, the booze flowed freely, prostitution and gambling flourished, and the Depression pretty much passed the city by, making it an ideal spawning ground for some great music. Pianist-bandleader Count Basie, saxophone immortals Lester Young and Charlie Parker, and blues belters Big Joe Turner and Jimmy Rushing were all working there, along with a host of lesser- known but equally formidable musicians, and they all played the blues, Kansas City style.

Director Bruce Ricker's 90-minute The Last of the Blue Devils chronicles the 1979 reunion of many of these legendary players, combining interviews, vintage film footage, photos, and some inimitably swinging performances by Basie, Turner, pianist Jay McShann, and many others to create an intimate, good- natured portrait of what one old-timer calls the "cool, relaxed sound" of the city. The camaraderie among these men, all of whom are colorful raconteurs (drummer Ernie Williams's harangues to some bemused local kids are especially entertaining), is palpable. But it's the music, unsurprisingly, that's the main attraction; performances include some familiar tunes, like Turner's "Shake, Rattle & Roll" and a Basie big band version of "Night Train" (featuring tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest, the tune's composer) that's as greasy as the local barbecue. The Last of the Blue Devils is an absolute delight. --Sam Graham

Book details for Blue City

Blue City was written by Ross Macdonald. The book was published in 1947 by Collins. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

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