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Reel Jazz Film Series wraps up with a Kansas City jazz story

This Thursday night the Reel Jazz Film Series at the Trylon will wrap up with a screening of The Last of the Blue Devils

Presented by JAZZ88, the fall series showcased films throughout October and November to celebrate independent jazz, and will end with a telling glimpse into the evolution and heart behind the musical genre and its talented musicians.

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The Last of the Blue Devils was filmed in 1979 by Bruce Ricker, and is a musical documentary featuring rare footage of some of the Kansas City greats like blues singer Big Joe Turner, saxophone legends Lester Young and Charlie Parker, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, plus Jimmy Forrest, Baby Lovett, and more. 

The likes of these talents thrived during the Prohibition years in Kansas City, and in the late '70s gathered to play and sing together again. The film chronicles this 1979 reunion, mixing together new performances, rare interviews, photos, and archived footage. 

If you are big jazz fan, this is a musical documentary not to miss. Stop by the Trylon (3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis) this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. for the screening of this Kansas City Jazz Story. Seats are limited to 50, and tickets are $10 each.