It Must Schwing!: The Blue Note Story

2 Hr. 7 Min.

2018
Screening format: DCP
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In 1939 New York City, two Jewish refugees from Berlin came together to found the most iconic jazz label in music history, Blue Note Records. Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and countless others came through their doors to create indelible recordings that thrummed with improvisatory urgency. In an era when Black musicians were subject to discrimination and segregation in NYC, Blue Note saw kindred spirits (having immigrated to escape such discrimination) and provided an outlet for their virtuosity. Relive this integral moment in music history, peppered throughout with artiful animated re-creations.

Community Partners: Jazz in the Park, The Jazz Estate


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