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Bruce Ricker dies at 68; jazz and blues documentarian
Bruce Ricker dies at 68; jazz and blues documentarian

Documentary filmmaker Bruce Ricker didn't start out making films. A native New Yorker who earned a law degree from Brooklyn Law School, he arrived in Kansas City in 1970 as a teaching assistant at the University of Missouri and soon began practicing law. But the seed for a new career was planted in 1972 when U.S. Atty. F. Russell Millin took the jazz-loving Ricker to the Mutual Musicians Federation, the city's old black musicians' union hall where veteran Kansas City jazzmen gathered for after-hours jam sessions. "You could get there at 1 a.m., buy a pint of bourbon, and just hang out," Ricker recalled in a 1980 interview with the New York Times. "All the...

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