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It Must Schwing

It Must Schwing

Documentary | English | 115 minutes


Picture Tree International

Cast & Crew


Eric Friedler


NDR, Neue Road Movies, Studio Hamburg Enterprises


Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Quincy Jones, Lou Donaldson, Sheila Jordan, Ron Carter, Rudy van Gelder, George Benson, Rolf Kühn



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 unmistakeable 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, Thelonious Monk and Quincy Jones. At a time when Afro-American musicians in the USA were discriminated against and ostracised, 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.

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