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Summer 2008
June 10
7:30 pm, $10 for SCFS season members, $12 other

The Sunshine Coast Film Society and the Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival are pleased to announce a special evening of film and live music at the Heritage Theatre.

The Last of the Blue Devils

The Last of the Blue Devils imagesThe Kansas City Jazz Story
USA, 1980, 90 min, colour, doc
Director: Bruce Ricker

The Last Of The Blue Devils (1979) documents the 1974 reunion that brought together Kansas City swing and blues giants Count Basie, Big Joe Turner and Jay McShann, as well as countless performers and instrumentalists in the Kansas City jazz scene from the 30s onwards. Along with being an endearing and loving portrayal of each of these great musicians, it is also a celebration of one of the most important cities that formed modern jazz. A chronicle of Kansas City, the birthplace of "Bird" (Charlie Parker), The Last Of The Blue Devils is a movie about time standing still.

Much more than reminiscences of a group of friends playing the blues and reliving old times, this is a document of a revolution in modern music. Producer and director Bruce Ricker crafts a wonderful, one-of-a-kind film which catches incredible performances by using a split-screen technique that shows the soul and passion of the players, as well as their technical prowess as the top jazz musicians of their day.


Live music will be provided by Dalannah Gail Bowen, a versatile, high-energy vocalist, and our very own much loved Luci Herder on piano.


»  Dalannah Gail Bowen.
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