IT MUST SCHWING! is the story of Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two young German Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler and reinventing themselves in New York as jazz record producers of the legendary Blue Note Records label in 1939.
At a time when African-Americans faced legalized discrimination and segregation, Blue Note Records broke new ground by engaging with the artists as equal partners, ultimately becoming a subtle but significant player in the struggle for civil rights. Featuring living jazz greats as Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Sonny Rollins, and Wayne Shorter among many others, IT MUST SCHWING! also includes rare archival footage of past masters such as John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.
- Denver Premiere
About the film
- Documentary/Jazz History
- Director: Eric Friedler
- 2018/Germany/115 minutes
- English, German with English subtitles
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