It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story

Pittsburgh Premiere
Director: Eric Friedler
2018, Germany, 113 minutes
English and German with subtitles

Fleeing Germany just in time, two Jewish guys who shared a love for jazz immigrated to New York and founded their own record label, which became the most iconic in the history of the jazz industry. Executive-produced by three-time Oscar nominee Wim Wenders, this heartwarming documentary tells the story of Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, who launched the careers of legends like Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and John Coltrane. Wholly inspiring and backed by an incredible jazz soundtrack, It Must Schwing! celebrates Lion and Wolff’s love of jazz, deep respect for the artists, and incredible dedication to equality and freedom for all.

“A cinematic, historical, socio-political and acoustic masterpiece.” — Radio Brandenburg Berlin

“A unique and intimate look at the most exciting era in Jazz, one that changed the world forever … impressive!” — Rolling Stone

“[Lion’s and Wolff’s] enormous shared achievement has been translated transcendently to film.” — Barry Singer, Playbill

Wednesday, March 13, 7pm
Seton Hill University – Cecilian Hall
Sponsored by National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University

Thursday, March 14, 7:30pm
SouthSide Works Cinema
Community Partner: University of Pittsburgh Department of Music

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