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Blue Note Records

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About The Film

A horn riff. A thump of the bass. A tinkle of the keys, followed by the “boom-bap” of the drums. These are the hallmarks of pioneering jazz label Blue Note Records, the first recording showcase of talents like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and many more iconic jazz legends. Gorgeous black-and-white archival photographs, album covers, and stirring video of live performances by jazz greats are underscored by a crisp, rich soundtrack spanning the record label’s 80-year history. ”Beyond the notes,” the unlikely partnerships behind Blue Note Records supported great art and artists and fostered creativity, equality, and freedom of expression. The rise of this improbable empire, founded by German-Jewish refugees in 1939, is chronicled in this new documentary, in which we see jazz as a metaphor for escape from repression, frustration, and restraint.


garfield  web headshot Garfield High School Jazz Program Combo: The nationally renowned ensemble has been a consistent winner at major regional and national high school jazz competitions for many years. They perform with artistic excellence and style, and join us before the film for a rousing set.
 beeson headshot. web Abe Beeson, KNKX 88.5 FM Evening Jazz and The New Cool host will introduce the film. Since 1998 Abe Beeson has been hosting KNKX Evening Jazz. In 2015, Abe debuted his modern jazz show The New Cool, featuring 21st century jazz inspired and informed by the sounds of today: hip-hop, & funk, Electronic music and punk rock.


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Film Details:

Director: Sophie Huber
Country: Switzerland, USA, UK
Language: English
Running Time: 85m
Year: 2018
Genre: Documentary
Rating/Warning: PG


  • Jazz Music
  • Records
  • New York
  • Civil Rights
  • German-Jewish Refugees


  • Shari Basom and David Spiekerman
  • Gale J. Picker
  • Media Sponsor: KNKX 88.5 FM