Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
Starring Herbie Hancock, Lou Donaldson, Robert Glasper, Norah Jones, A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Wayne Shorter, Ambrose Akinmusire, Derrick Hodge, Keith Lewis, Terrace Martin, Lionel Loueke, Kendrick Scott, Don Was and many others, Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes explores the unique vision behind the iconic jazz record label. Through rare archival footage, current recording sessions between old and new vanguards, plus conversations with Blue Note artists, the film chronicles a powerful mission, a unique visual aesthetic, a rising black empowerment movement and the idea of music as a transformative, revolutionary force — all while illuminating the vital connections between jazz and hip-hop.
Why You Should See This Film
Blue Note is one of the most important record labels in the history of jazz and contemporary African-American music. Under the renewed leadership of Don Was (formerly of post-disco/new-wavers Was, Not Was) the label continues to push the envelope and work with new and innovative artists. Historically home to such groundbreaking visionaries as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Marlena Shaw and Art Blakey, in more recent times amazing new talents like Cassandra Wilson, Gregory Porter and Robert Glasper have found a home there — while remix projects by the likes of Madlib, DJ Spinna and J Dilla have continued to rebirth the meaning of cool and expand the idea of what jazz can be. Founded in New York in 1939 by German Jewish refugees Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, the history of Blue Note Records goes beyond the landmark recordings, encompassing the pursuit of musical freedom and the conflict between art and commerce.
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Please note: Gift Passes & Film Club Membership discounts can't be used for this special event session. All tickets are $24 adults & $19 concession.