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It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story


Screening Information

Canadian Premiere
May 12 - 7:30PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Film Details

Countries United States, Germany
Year 2018
Running Time 113 MIN
Languages English, German
Subtitles English
Director Eric Friedler
Themes Arts and Culture,

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A must-see love letter to Blue Note Records, the most iconic label in the history of jazz. Produced by Wim Wenders, It Must Schwing features breathtaking animation, sublime jazz images and a swinging soundtrack. Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two Jewish refugees from Berlin with a passion for jazz, founded the company in 1939. Having immigrated to New York to escape discrimination, the two men felt a deep affinity with the African American musicians who faced blatant discrimination and segregation. Respecting them as artists and equals, Blue Note record launched the careers of giants like Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane and many more. “A unique and intimate look at the most exciting era in jazz, one that changed the world forever… impressive!” (Rolling Stone)
Featuring live Jazz performances by Kevin Turcotte, Reg Schwager and Dave Young trio, presented in partnership with the TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

Presentation Details

Co-presented With

Sponsored By

Leonard Wolinsky Foundation