Maine Jewish Film Festival presents “It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story”

MJFF It Must Schwing

MJFF It Must Schwing, © Auerbach Verlag / Eric-Kemnitz.com


“It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story” tells the moving story of two German Jewish refugees who founded Blue Note Records in 1939 and for the next 30 years recorded with all the black jazz greats. Showtimes March 10th and 16th.

1939 New York: Two Jewish emigres from Berlin, Alfred Lion und Francis Wolff, 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.

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