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It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story

1939 New York: Two Jewish emigres from Nazi Berlin establish the legendary Blue Note Records. Dedicated solely to American Jazz at a time when African American musicians faced discrimination in all aspects of the music industry, Blue Note discovered, produced and promoted artists including Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter and Thelonious Monk. Executive Film Producer Wim Wenders’ team uses brilliant animation, interviews with Blue Note stars, iconic photographs from the label archives and an unforgettable score. Two friends, victimized by racism in Germany, united by passion for jazz and belief in human dignity, changed the sound of music and the story of race in America.

“Combines extraordinary music documents and amazing period materials.” Jazziz

“Naturally, Schwing sounds terrific, thanks to the extensive Blue Note recordings heard throughout ..and is also unusually dynamic visually.”  JB Spins


Documentary / Dir: Eric Friedler, Producer Wim Wenders/ Featuring Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter / 2018 / Germany / English & German w/ Eng ST / 115 min


Festivals: Warsaw FF, Telluride FF, Doc NY

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