Western Massachusetts Premiere
The most elaborate, visually brilliant and unexpected documentary on the topic. A cinematic masterpiece.
It Must Schwing!: The Blue Note Story
Monday, March 30, 7:00 PM
Garden Cinemas, Greenfield
Sunday, April 5, 2:00 PM
Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton
In 1939, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two young émigrés from Berlin, founded the legendary jazz label Blue Note Records in New York. The label dedicated itself exclusively to the recording of American jazz music and developed its own unmistakable recording style and sound. Blue Note Records discovered and produced an impressive roster of international jazz stars. This included Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Thelonius Monk, and Quincy Jones. At a time when Afro-American musicians in the USA were discriminated against and ostracized, Blue Note Records respected them as artists and equals. Not only did the label value their talents, it also gave them a much-needed platform. It Must Schwing! tells the moving story of two friends, united by a passionate love for jazz, and of their profound belief in equality and freedom for every single human being.
Co-sponsored by Smith College Program in Jewish Studies
Documentary | 2018 | 115 minutes
Germany | English and German with Subtitles
Directed by Eric Friedler